Playing its opening pool play game in the Washington Post 218 Wood Bat Tournament, the host team snapped a four-game losing streak with an 8-5 Senior Legion victory over Ballwin Post 611 Wednesday at Ronsick Field.
The 12-team tournament continues through the weekend with the third-place and championship games scheduled for Sunday at noon at 3 p.m., respectively.
“It was a solid victory and a good way to start the tournament,” said Post 218 Manager Mike Gardner. “Hopefully we can get back on a little roll and play some good baseball.”
Washington (12-5) was outhit by Ballwin in the game 11-8, but Post 218 took advantage of its opportunities, which included a five-run third inning.
Cody Gardner got the start on the mound for Washington and earned the win.
The southpaw worked six plus innings, allowing five runs on 11 hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
Trent Leimkuehler took over for Gardner with nobody out in the top of the seventh inning.
In one inning of work, Leimkuehler allowed no runs or hits with one walk, one hit batter and one strikeout.
It was at the plate where Leimkuehler really made his presence known.
Leimkuehler reached base four times with two hits, one walk and one hit batsman. He scored two runs, had one RBI and stole three bases.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Leimkuehler belted a solo home run over the center field fence to increase Washington’s lead to 8-2.
Six other Post 218 players finished the game with one hit.
Matt Jones also connected for a home run over the center field fence, pulling the trick with a two-run shot in the bottom of the third inning to break a 2-2 tie, giving Post 218 the lead for good.
Jones collected one hit, two RBIs and one run in the contest.
Jack Kopmann reached base three times with a hit, a walk and reached on an error. He added one RBI and one run.
Mike McGilvray finished with one hit, one walk, one run and one stolen base.
Dilan Bollmann added an RBI double and scored a run.
Noah Borgerding had one hit, reached on an error and scored a run.
Dustin Howard registered one hit and one run.
Grant Eckelkamp had two RBIs. Sam Deschenes reached on an error.
“We came out and hit the ball really well against Ballwin,” Gardner said. “Trent Leimkuehler and Matt Jones both went deep.”
Ballwin (6-8) grabbed a 2-0 lead with two runs in the top of the first inning.
Post 218 came back to take an 8-2 advantage with two runs in the bottom of the second inning, five in the third and one in the fourth.
Ballwin made the score 8-5 with one run in the top of the sixth inning and two in the seventh.
Eddie Raditec was the starting pitcher for Ballwin. He tossed two plus innings, allowing seven runs, to suffer the loss.
Josh Ranek allowed one run over the final four innings.
Jake Busiek, Drew Gress and Alec Mitchell each had two hits for Ballwin.