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Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 9:00 am

Memorial Day will bring the first chance for fans to see the latest version of the Washington Post 218 Senior Legion team.

Washington will host House Springs at 1 p.m. at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field in the 2012 season opener.

That will be the first time Washington has returned to the field since falling to Festus Post 253 in the winner-take-all state championship game last August in Sedalia.

Mike Gardner returns to manage the Post 218 Seniors, who went 38-5 in 2011.

“I am really looking forward to getting started this year!” Gardner exclaimed. “We have a good group of kids back who experienced getting all the way to the state finals and are hungry for the opportunity to make it back. We also have an excellent group of kids who are stepping up to the senior level this year after having very good success at the junior and freshman levels.”

Post 218 has some returners from last year’s team and adds in players from the Post 218 Junior Legion team which lost to eventual state champion Jefferson City Post 5 Aflac in the Zone Tournament finals. Many of those same players were on Washington’s 2010 Freshman Legion state runner-up squad.

Gardner feels the strength of this year’s team is pitching.

“This might be by far the deepest pitching staff I have had in my five years with Post 218 with Brendan Kleekamp, Cody Gardner and Brendan Feldmann all returning,” Mike Gardner said. “Also capable of starting on the mound will be Luke Hasenjaeger, Tony Helfrich, Zach Pointer and David McNeal. Andrew Sumner, Mike McGilvray, Trent Leimkuehler and Matt Jones will all help out of the bullpen.”

Cody Gardner is the most experienced of the Post 218 players. As a true freshman with the Truman State University team, the Borgia graduate logged six relief appearances with 10.1 innings at the college level.

Borgia graduate Kleekamp was Washington’s top pitcher down the stretch last season and threw the big games in the playoffs. He’s a Lindenwood University recruit.

Feldmann, also of Borgia, was one of Borgia’s top starters this spring.

Hasenjaeger, Helfrich, Pointer and McNeal all have starting experience on the Junior Legion level and were key hurlers during the Post 218 Junior Legion season last year.

McGilvray is another returning pitcher from last year’s Senior Legion team. He also plays center field. Leimkuehler saw relief time last season and threw effectively in the state tournament. Sumner and Jones were key relievers during the Junior Legion season last year.

Another deep area will be in the outfield. McGilvray and Leimkuehler are returning starters, although Leimkuehler also could play behind the plate.

“Mike McGilvray is returning for us in center field and I expect his experience to propel him to a big year,” Gardner said. “We are probably deepest in the outfield with the likes of Trent Leimkuehler, Dustin Howard, Sam Deschenes, Luke Hasenjaeger, David McNeal, Tony Helfrich and Zach Pointer. It will be interesting to see who will emerge to be our starting outfield.”

Behind the plate, Post 218 has a trio of experienced catchers. Jones and Leimkuehler are expected to see much of the catching time. Noah Borgerding also has past catching experience.

On the infield, one starter is returning. Jack Kopmann platooned at third base last season. He will be the starter this year.

Borgerding is expected to start at first base and Grant Eckelkamp is the projected shortstop.

At second base, Dilan Bollmann and Austin Rettke are expected to see the most playing time. Sumner also could play second base.

Gardner sees the schedule as being a challenging one.

“I think our schedule is a bit harder as we are playing everyone twice in the Ninth District,” Gardner said. “Our nondistrict games include: House Springs, Creve Coeur, Manchester, Festus, Jackson, Ballwin, Ste. Genevieve, Moberly and Eureka. We will also again be going to Blue Springs and are having our own Showcase Wood Bat Tournament June 20-24 that features a very strong field of 12 teams. It will be a good challenge and prepare us for the district, zone, and state tournaments.”

Gardner is being assisted by Ben Cassat, Aaron Miller and Jeff Leimkuehler.


Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Senior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Daniel Boone 14, Pacific 3

*Washington 20, Sullivan 5

Wednesday, July 2

*Daniel Boone 8, Pacific 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 1

Thursday, July 3

*Washington 11, St. Charles 0

Friday, July 4

*Pacific at St. Peters    1:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Washington 20, Pacific 1

Sunday, July 6

*Washington 11, Warrenton 2

Monday, July 7

Washington 9, Creve Coeur 7

Blue Springs Wood Bat Tournament

Wednesday, July 9

Washington 7, Gravette Lions 0

Thursday, July 10

Washington vs. Post 339 West (Bellevue, Neb.), Blue Springs South High School, 2 p.m.

Friday, July 11

Washington vs. Geiger Redi-Mix (Leavenworth, Kan.), Hidden Valley No. 1, 11:30 a.m.

Washington vs. Hawthorne Outlaws (Lee's Summit), Jim Moran Field (Hidden Valley), 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

Washington vs. TBA, TBA

Sunday, July 13

Semifinal Games, 11 a.m.

Championship, 2 p.m.

Junior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Union 5, New Haven 0

*Union 7, New Haven 4

*St. Charles 12, Pacific 5

Thursday, July 3

*Union 13, Hannibal 2

*Union 10, Hannibal 3

*Elsberry at Pacific    7 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Daniel Boone at Pacific (DH)    10 a.m.

Union 6, Crocker 5

Union 13, Crocker 7

Freshman Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Washington 16, Pacific 1

Wednesday, July 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 0

Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Junior Legion

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 New Haven vs. Wentzville, 6 p.m.

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union vs. G5 winner, 6 p.m.

G10 Elsberry vs. St. Charles, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 11

G11 G7 winner vs. G8 winner, 6 p.m.

G12 G9 winner vs. G10 winner, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 G11 loser vs. G12 winner, 2 p.m.

G14 Championship — G11 winner vs. G13 winner, 5 p.m.

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — G14 winner vs. G14 loser, 2 p.m.

Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Freshman Legion

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters vs. Warrenton, 6 p.m.

G6 Wentzville vs. West, 8:30 p.m.

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles vs. Hannibal, 6 p.m.

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Hannibal vs. G5 winner, 6 p.m.

G10 G7 loser vs. G6 winner, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 11

G12 G9 winner vs. G10 winner, 6 p.m.

G11 G7 winner vs. Washington, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 G11 loser vs. G12 winner, 1 p.m.

G14 Championship — G11 winner vs. G13 winner, 4 p.m.

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — G14 winner vs. G14 loser, 1 p.m.

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    8 a.m.

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    6 p.m.

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    8 a.m.

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

Great Midwest Football League

July 5

Missouri Cyclones 22, Midwest Chargers 14

Ninth District Standings

July 1, 2014

District Games Only

Senior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

West    11    2

Daniel Boone 262    9    3

Washington 218    11    5

St. Charles 312    9    5

Elsberry 226    8    5

Wentzville 323    5    5

St. Peters 313    7    7

Pacific 320    3    10

Warrenton 122    0    10

Sullivan 18    1    12

2014 Final Standings

Junior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

Elsberry 226    20    2

Union 297    19    3

Washington 218    18    4

St. Charles 312    14    8

St. Peters 313    12    10

Wentzville 323    12    10

Hannibal 55    10    12

New Haven 366    9    13

Daniel Boone 262    5    14

Warrenton 122    3    16

Pacific 320    3    15

Sullivan 18    0    20

Freshman Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

St. Charles 312    20    0

Washington 218    17    3

Hannibal 55    16    4

Elsberry-Winfield 226    14    6

Wentzville 323    9    11

Warrenton 122    8    12

West    7    13

St. Peters 313    6    14

New Haven 366    5    15

Pacific 320    4    16

Elsberry 226    4    16

*Indicates League Games

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