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Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013 10:45 pm

Timely hitting and the pitching of Aaron Meyer lifted the Washington Post 218 Juniors past Pacific Post 320 Thursday at Pacific High School, 3-1.

Post 218 (16-2, 13-1) avenged a loss to Pacific earlier in the season.

“It was two good teams, probably the best two teams in the Ninth District, squaring off. A tight ballgame like that helps everyone in the long run,” said Post 218 Manager Phillip Kleekamp. “It’s a shame someone had to lose. Give them credit. They played hard. We came through in the clutch. There were a couple of things we could have done better to make our lives easier, but overall, our kids really came through.”

Post 320 (14-2, 10-1) suffered its first Ninth District loss of the season.

“It was a back-and-forth game. The momentum never stayed in one place,” said Post 320 Manager Cory Cowsert. “We’re still in really good shape. It’s our first league loss, but we have enough older guys who will help us bounce back.”

Aaron Meyer pitched all seven innings for Washington to earn the win. He allowed one run on three hits with three walks, one hit batter and six strikeouts.

“We got a great pitching performance from Aaron Meyer, which was the difference in the ballgame,” Kleekamp said. “He did a great job. He put the team on his back, but also got a little help from his teammates.

“With the wood bats, we preach to our pitchers to make them put the ball in play. There aren’t many kids in this league who are going to hit the ball out with a wood bat. We preach pitch to contact, and Aaron did that well.”

Drew Fonner got the start on the mound for Pacific in a no-decision. In four innings, he allowed one run on four hits with three walks and one strikeout.

“Drew told me from the get-go that he didn’t know how long he’d be able to pitch,” Cowsert said. “He’s not used to starting. He’s closed some games this year. But he wanted the ball and I’m not afraid to give someone a chance who’s up for the challenge. He threw the ball well.”

Noah Brocato tossed the final three frames and suffered the loss. He allowed two runs on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

“Brocato did a good job. He kept us in the game,” Cowsert said. “He had some bad breaks go against him.”

Seth Bollmann led Washington’s seven-hit attack with two hits.

Ross Seitter, Spencer Juergens and Kyle Summers each added one hit and one walk. Summers also had one RBI and one run.

Nick Thiel and Ryan Becszlko both had one hit and one run. Justin Baylard walked twice and had one RBI.

Ryan Vogelgesang, Alex Rice and Brocato each had one hit for Pacific. Vogelgesang also drew a walk. Brocato added one RBI.

Tyler Straatmann walked twice. Fonner also walked. Ryan Ray was hit by a pitch and scored a run.

“Their pitcher threw three pitches for strikes,” Cowsert said. “When you face kids like that, they’re hard to beat.”

Post 218 took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning on a single and a stolen base by Becszlko followed by a two-out RBI single by Summers.

Post 320 tied the game in the bottom of the fifth. Ray was hit by a pitch, moved to second base on a bunt by Rice and scored on a two-out RBI single by Brocato.

Washington took the lead for good with two runs in the top of the sixth.

Summers walked and stole second base. Thiel then bounced a double off the left-field fence. Not sure if the ball would be caught, Summers got a late start from second and could have easily been thrown out at the plate, but Pacific mishandled the relay, allowing Summers to score.

“It came down to a relay,” Cowsert said. “If we make that out at home plate, that’s a huge momentum change.”

Thiel later scored on a sacrifice fly by Baylard to make the score 3-1.

“Summers and Thiel quietly are doing a great job,” Kleekamp said. “Kyle is one of our leaders in batting average. He found a hole, sometimes that’s all it takes. Thiel put a good swing on the ball and came up with a big double. Baylard also had a big sac fly.”

Washington and Pacific could meet again in the Ninth District Tournament.

“If we see them again, we’ll do what we can to be ready for them. Our kids always look forward to playing them,” Cowsert said.

“It wouldn’t surprise me at all if we saw Pacific again toward the end of the season. We have to get there first,” Kleekamp said. “There’s always room for improvement. We’re playing well. We’ve had a couple of bumps along the way, but I think those have made us better.”

Washington and Pacific both travel to Blanchette Park to play St. Charles on Saturday. Post 218 plays St. Charles at noon followed by Post 320 against St. Charles at 3 p.m.

Pacific hosts O’Fallon Sunday at 1 p.m. Washington plays Central at C&H Park Sunday at 8 p.m.

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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 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

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 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

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 62, Sullivan 35

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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