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Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 2:55 pm

It was fitting that it came down to a head-to-head game between Washington and West for the Ninth District Senior Legion regular season championship.

Washington secured the outright title Saturday with a 2-0 win over West at Westhoff Park in O’Fallon.

“It was the kind of win you like to get this time of year against a really good opponent,” Washington Manager Mike Gardner said.

Washington (22-6, 15-1) entered the road game with a one-game lead over West in the regular season standings and the two clubs had split their previous games this year.

Post 218 won the league game in Washington, but West claimed a 15-inning tournament game at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field.

And that’s just this year’s games. Washington and West have been the Ninth District juggernauts in recent seasons and always seem to pair up in key contests.

This season’s third contest between the two teams lived up to all the hype the rivalry has produced in recent years.

“The pitching on both teams was outstanding,” said Gardner. “West threw their best pitcher at us and we were able to get to him early and score a couple of runs. Tony Helfrich was on the mound for us and he pitched a great game. He really was in control the entire game.”

Helfrich was the player of the game for Washington. He scattered six hits while walking nobody in a complete game shutout. He struck out seven batters and hit one.

Helfrich threw 93 pitches in the game with 67 of those being counted as strikes. He coaxed 13 groundouts and six flyouts.

“Even in the ninth when West had runners on first and second with one out I was totally confident that Tony was going to get the next two batters,” Gardner said.

West received strong pitching of its own in the game. Andrew Schwab went eight innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks. He struck out six.

Mike Wilkinson struck out two batters in the ninth inning.

West outhit Washington in the game, 6-4, and made the only error in the game.

“We again played really good defense,” Gardner said. We turned a couple of double plays, made some excellent plays on a couple ground balls and our outfielders really did a good job keeping the ball in front of them and not allowing runners to take and extra base.”

But Washington made the most out of its four hits, scoring twice in the top of the second.

Mike McGilvray and Sam Deschenes crossed home plate for Washington. Jack Kopmann and Noah Borgerding contributed RBIs.

In the game, Trent Leimkuehler, McGilvray, Dustin Howard and Kopmann had the hits. Additionally McGilvray and Deschenes drew walks.

Grant Eckelkamp and Matt Jones were hit by pitches.

Washington made two double plays in the game, which helped to secure the shutout.

For West, Jarod Hahn and Jake Hebert led the way with two hits. Danny Biggs and Colton Howell each had one hit.

Nick Mundy contributed a sacrifice bunt. Nick Cessna was hit by a pitch.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

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

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

Volleyball

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Potosi def. Union, 18-25, 25-18, 25-15

Francis Howell C def. Washington, 25-19, 25-22

Farmington def. Pacific, 25-23, 22-25, 25-8

New Haven at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Borgia def. Cardinal Ritter, 25-3, 25-3

Wednesday, Aug. 27

ECC def. Central Methodist JV, 25-12, 25-14, 25-15

Thursday, Aug. 28

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Borgia def. Notre Dame, 25-15, 25-8

*Washington def. Ft. Zumwalt South

Union def. Battle, 25-17, 25-11

Pacific def. Seckman, 25-17, 20-25, 30-28

Hermann at Jefferson City    5:30 p.m.

Belle at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Linn at Owensville    6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    5 p.m.

Softball

Saturday, Aug. 23

Union Tournament

Union Sports Complex

G1 Washington 21, St. Clair 0

G2 Pacific 15, Liberty 3

G3 Farmington 15, Union 0

G4 Park Hills Central 4, Borgia 2

G5 Liberty 6, St. Clair 5

G6 Union 9, Borgia 2

G7 Washington 5, Pacific 4

G8 Farmington 5, Park Hills Central 2

Consolation — Union vs. Liberty Postponed due to heat

Seventh Place — Borgia 16, St. Clair 0

Championship — Farmington 5, Washington 0

Third Place — Park Hills Central 7, Pacific 6

Monday, Aug. 25

*Borgia 5, Notre Dame 4 (8 innings)

Union 14, Rolla 7

New Haven at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Belle at Owensville    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Westminster Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Ft. Zumwalt S 5, Washington 2

Warrenton 4, Union 3

Duchesne 10, Pacific 5

Steelville at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Vienna at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wright City 6, St. Clair 2

New Bloomfield at New Haven    5 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Pacific, PPD to Sept. 5

Thursday, Aug. 28

St. Clair 3, Borgia 2

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washingto, PPD

Bourbon at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Linn    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Pacific at Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    4:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Union 1, St. James 0

Fredericktown 4, St. Clair 1

Pacific 2, Hillsboro 0

Sullivan at SLUH    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Union, PPD

Thursday, Aug. 28

Union at De Soto    5 p.m.

Pacific at North County    5 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5 p.m.

*St. Mary’s 4, Borgia 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

ECC at McKendree JV    7 p.m.

#Washington at Francis Howell North, 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Friday, Aug. 22

Sullivan at Fleet Feet Inv    4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at Parkway Central Inv    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

St. Clair at First Capitol Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Lafayette Inv    9 a.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Aug. 25

Borgia 215, Washington 241

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia 280, Lutheran St. Charles 284, Washington 292

Boys Swimming

Friday, Aug. 29

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E Inv    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

@Fort Scott Tournament

#Parkway West/Northwest Tournament

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