Elation turned to frustration for the Washington Post 218 Seniors Saturday in Blue Springs.
However, Quincy (Ill.) Post 37 knocked out Washington in the Blue Springs Wood Bat Tournament quarterfinals, 4-1.
“We knew it would take everything we had to beat Quincy and we played great for six innings,” Post 218 Manager Mike Gardner said.
Washington (25-10) felt it had what it needed to win the game against Quincy at Jim Moran Field.
Noah Borgerding homered in the bottom of the sixth inning to give Washington a 1-0 lead.
However, Quincy won the game with four runs in the top of the seventh to advance to Sunday’s semifinals.
“In the bottom of the sixth, Noah Borgerding hit a solo home run to left center that gave us the lead,” Gardner said. “Unfortunately we could not hold onto it and made a couple of mental mistakes in the seventh that allowed Quincy to add some insurance runs.”
For the tournament, Washington went 4-1, winning its pool and reaching the tournament’s final eight for another time.
“We played some great baseball against some very good teams,” Gardner said. “We know we can beat anybody.”
Overall, Gardner hopes the experience can help Washington for this week’s Ninth District Tournament.
Gardner indicated the event will start Thursday with games at Westhoff Park in O’Fallon and the St. Peters Rec-Plex. Gardner indicated the bracket probably won’t be finalized until Wednesday.
The Ninth District will send three teams to the Zone 1 Tournament at Lindenwood University July 24-27.
In Saturday’s game, Washington handed the ball to Aaron Meyer and he threw six shutout innings before Quincy finally broke through. He allowed four runs (three earned) on 10 hits and two walks. Meyer fanned two.
“Aaron Meyer pitched well enough for us to win shutting them out the first six innings,” Gardner said.
Logan Holdmeyer got the final two outs.
Offensively, Borgerding had Washington’s biggest hit, the solo home run.
Austin Finder doubled and walked.
Spencer Juergens had Washington’s other two hits, both singles.
Ryan Becszlko contributed a sacrifice.