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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 12:45 pm

Washington Post 218 was eager to repeat as Blue Springs Wood Bat Tournament champion.

But Jefferson City Post 5 had other ideas.

Jefferson City (33-4) held off Washington (30-6) Sunday afternoon to win the title, 4-2.

“Even though it was a disappointing loss it was still a great tournament for us,” said Post 218 Manager Mike Gardner. “It is really tough to win seven games in five days against quality competition.”

Gardner said Jefferson City took advantage of Washington’s mistakes.

“We really did not look like the same team,” Gardner said. “We did not play good defense and our starting pitching was not what we usually see. We also did not take advantage of a couple of opportunities early in the game to score some runs.”

Washington and Jefferson City have a longtime rivalry and have frequently met in the postseason. Two seasons ago, many of the same kids were on the field as Jefferson City defeated Washington in the Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament championship game, a 5-4 Post 5 win in nine innings. Washington had led 4-1 going into the bottom of the seventh of that contest.

For the past two years, Washington has beaten Jefferson City in the Zone 1 Tournament. Last year’s game was a 1-0 Post 218 victory.

In Sunday’s championship game, Washington got onto the scoreboard first, scoring in the bottom of the second.

Sam Katzung led off with a double. Todd Kleekamp came in to run for him and Post 5 brought back the force by walking Jack Kopmann.

Ben Huffman put down a bunt and moved the runners to second and third.

Kleekamp came home when Grant Eckelkamp grounded out to shortstop.

Post 5 exploded for four runs in the top of the third inning. Jefferson City loaded the bases with nobody out.

Washington nearly escaped with the game tied, but Daniel Castillo smacked a double to the base of the fence to bring home three more runs.

“Give them some credit as they took advantage of our mistakes and they played the kind of defense that we usually play,” Gardner said.

Washington had one final chance in the seventh inning. Tony Helfrich led off with a walk and Eckelkamp singled.

Dilan Bollmann hit a grounder to shortstop and beat out the double play opportunity, putting runners at the corners.

Trent Leimkuehler flied out and Helfrich came home with Washington’s second run.

Matt Jones followed with a single and Tyler Tuepker ran for him.

With the winning run at the plate, Noah Borgerding fought for a nine-pitch at-bat, Cole Disler struck him out to end the game.

“As bad as we played we still had a chance to come back at the end of the game but just could not get the big hit,” Gardner said.

Disler went the distance for Post 5 to get the win. He allowed two runs on five hits and five walks while striking out five.

Schuler took the loss, going 2.2 innings while allowing four runs (three earned) on two hits and two walks. He struck out one.

Walde followed on the hill and lasted one inning, allowing one hit and two walks. He left the game after suffering a shoulder injury. He will be evaluated this week.

Jones pitched the final 3.1 innings, holding Jefferson City to three hits. He struck out two batters.

Castillo posted three of Jefferson City’s six hits, including two doubles.

For Washington, Katzung had the only extra-base hit, a double. Kleekamp scored while running for him.

Eckelkamp, Leimkuehler, Jones and Luke Hasenjaeger recorded singles.

Helfrich scored the other run. Eckelkamp and Leimkuehler posted RBIs.

Leimkuehler, Jones, Borgerding, Kopmann and Helfrich drew walks.

Bollmann and Ben Huffman put down sacrifice bunts. Leimkuehler added a sacrifice fly.

Eckelkamp was hit by a pitch.

Tournament Recap

Gardner said a number of Post 218 players were up for MVP honors in the event.

“We had several kids that had a great tournament in Blue Springs,” Gardner said. “Grant Eckelkamp, Trent Leimkuehler and Tyler Tuepker all were outstanding and were up for MVP of the tournament.”

Eckelkamp posted a .428 average for the tournament. Gardner also lauded his defense.

Leimkuehler hit .565 for the tournament and earned a save with 2.2 innings of relief. Gardner also said his defense made a difference in center field.

Tuepker posted two complete-game victories, allowing two runs in the two games.

“Other players with solid tournaments were Luke Hasenjaeger (.368 batting average, one win), Jack Kopmann (.353), Sam Katzung (.333), Jared Walde (one win) and Brendan Feldmann (complete game shutout),” Gardner said.

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games

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