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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 1:00 pm

Pacific Post 320 took advantage of its opportunities against Central in the Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament Monday at Pacific Youth Association.

Second-seeded Pacific drew 15 walks and collected six hits in a 17-4 victory in five innings over 10th-seeded Central.

“We did what we had to do,” said Post 320 Manager Cory Cowsert. “We didn’t hit the ball like we can. Yes, we scored 17 runs, but they walked a lot of guys. We had a couple of timely hits, and that was big for us. We needed those hits at the time.”

Pacific (25-3) advances to the winner’s bracket semifinals, where they will host sixth-seeded Elsberry Wednesday at 6 p.m. Elsberry defeated third-seeded West Monday night, 5-4.

Pacific and Elsberry have split two games this season. After winning at Elsberry early in the season, Post 320 lost at home to Elsberry July 1 in nine innings, 5-4.

“The next game is a big one. We want to stay in the winner’s bracket and be at our best if and when we run into Washington. This is baseball, so anything can happen,” Cowsert said. “I hope the guys learned a lesson when we lost to Elsberry. That’s a team I thought we should have beaten. We seemed to be on cruise control in that game because we had already beaten them and we were kind of on a roll. We have to come to the park ready to play.”

Pacific will advance to the Zone 1 Tournament July 18-21 at Ronsick Field in Washington by winning the district tournament or by Washington winning the tournament.

The Ninth District regular season champion and tournament champion both advance to zone. If the regular season champion (Washington) also wins the tournament, the second-place team from the regular season also advances.

Central Game

Pacific took control of the game with eight runs in the bottom of the first inning. Post 320 had three hits and drew seven walks in the opening frame.

In the second inning, Post 320 made the score 12-0 with four runs.

Central scored all four of its runs in the top of the third inning to make the score 12-4.

Pacific added five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to increase its advantage to 17-4.

Allen Fitzgerald pitched all five innings for Post 320. He allowed four earned runs on six hits with three walks, one hit batter and six strikeouts.

“Allen threw the ball OK. I wouldn’t say he threw it great. He definitely didn’t have his best stuff,” Cowsert said. “He grinded it out and finished the game strong.”

All nine players in Pacific’s starting lineup reached base at least twice.

Leading the charge was Brendan McMillan, the No. 9 hitter in the lineup. He finished with two hits (a two-run double and a two-run triple), one walk, five RBIs and three runs scored.

“All nine of the guys we had in the lineup tonight can definitely hit the ball,” Cowsert said. “Our No. 9 hitter had two hits and five RBIs. It just goes to show what else we have in the lineup ahead of him.”

Ryan Howell collected two hits (one double), four RBIs and one run. He was the only Pacific player not to draw a walk.

Ryan Vogelgesang registered one hit, two walks, two RBIs and two runs.

Alex Rice added one hit (double), one walk, two RBIs and two runs. He also reached on an error.

Tyler Gerling finished with three walks, one RBI and three runs.

Drew Fonner walked three times and scored three runs.

Noah Brocato and Fitzgerald both walked twice and scored a run.

Tyler Straatmann had one walk, one RBI and one run.

“We won the game and advanced in the tournament, so that’s good. When we start playing the better teams like Washington, West and Elsberry, we’re not going to win playing like we did tonight,” Cowsert said. “In close games, it takes things like bunting and moving runners over. Those are the little things that are going to beat the better teams.”

Cowsert said Brocato will be Pacific’s starting pitcher against Elsberry.

“Our pitching is lined up really good for the rest of the tournament. We’ll have Brocato on the bump Wednesday ready to go. Hopefully we can go out there and fill it up,” Cowsert said. “We still have Howell, Straatmann and (Ryan) Ray ready to go, so we’re in good shape with our pitching.”

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    7 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    7 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    7 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    7 p.m.

Ash Grove at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Brentwood    7 p.m.

*St. Charles West at Warrenton    7 p.m.

South Callaway at Wright City     7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Softball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Volleyball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    5 p.m.

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    3:30 p.m.

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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