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Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014 1:00 pm




All three words are ways to describe Washington’s epic come-from-behind victory on Thursday night.

In a game that appeared to be all but over, Post 218’s Freshmen pulled off a miraculous comeback for the ages.

Washington rallied from an eight-run deficit and shocked Jackson, winning 12-10 in a second round game of the Missouri Freshmen Legion State Tournament at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field.

Jackson Post 158 had a 9-1 lead after five innings, but Post 218 rallied for six runs in the sixth and five more in the seventh to take the lead, doing most of the damage with two outs in both innings. Post 158 failed to score in the bottom of the seventh and the hosts were celebrating a victory they’ll likely never forget.

“That’s got to be one of the best comebacks I’ve ever seen,” Washington Manager Scott Forrester said. “That was a phenomenal win for our team. It’s not easy when you’re down 9-1 against a quality team with a pitcher who can throw 80 mph. We did what we needed to do. We got some base runners on and we got the hits when we needed to.”

Forrester added the comeback win shows that his team has some heart and resiliency.

“Even though they’re a young team this shows that they believe in themselves and they know they’re a good team that can win games,” Forrester said.

Washington (28-10) advanced to take on Ste. Genevieve Post 150 on Friday afternoon in the winners’ bracket final. Ste. Genevieve knocked off Creve Coeur, 4-2, on Thursday. The winner of Friday’s Washington-Ste. Genevieve game will advance to the tourney’s title game on Saturday at 1 p.m. The loser of that game will play on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Washington, which got past Eureka in the first round on Wednesday, got four RBIs from Eli Marquart and three from Drew Piontek. Jacob Unnerstall drove in two runs on three hits, while Zach Finley had one RBI. Nathan Breckenkamp, Finley, Teddy Meyer, Drew Piontek and Tommy Ruether all scored two runs apiece.

Marquart started on the mound and went 4.2 innings. He gave up nine runs, walked four and struck out three. Zach Stahlman came in and earned the win in relief, allowing no earned runs in 2.1 innings. Stahlman struck out three and allowed just two hits.

Jackson, a first round winner over Glendale, got three RBIs from Colten Weber and two from Tyler Knight. Landen Pehle, Drew Brown and Knight had three hits apiece. Dalton Hovis went six innings and allowed seven earned runs. He struck out six and walked six. Weber allowed four earned runs in one inning and took the loss.

Jackson’s starting pitcher Hovis was nearly unhittable over the first two innings, as he struck out five of the first six batters he faced utilizing a nice fastball.

Post 158 scored three runs in the first inning and one in the second. Washington got on the board in the third, as Finley singled with two outs and then Ruether walked. Drew Piontek then singled and Finley scored, cutting Jackson’s lead to 4-1.

But Post 158 erupted for five runs in the fifth inning for a comfortable 9-1 lead.

Washington didn’t give up. They rallied instead.

Post 218 got going in the top of the sixth, putting together a two-out rally. Meyer singled, Breckenkamp walked and then Quinton Poepsel singled, loading the bases. Finley drew a walk and a run scored. Breckenkamp then scored on a passed ball, making it 9-3. After Ruether walked, Drew Piontek drove in a run with a single. Marquart then came up big, lining a three-run double to left to make it 9-7 before Jackson got out of the inning.

Post 158 pushed a run across in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI double from Chase Mueller to make it 10-7.

Washington then took its first lead in the top of the seventh against relief pitcher Weber. Meyer and Breckenkamp both walked and then Poepsel and Finley were retired and Jackson was one out away from the win. But Ruether drew another walk to load the bases. Next, Drew Piontek and Marquart both drew walks and two runs scored. After a pitching change, Unnerstall greeted Jackson’s Brown by lining an RBI single up the middle. Jackson’s center fielder misplayed the ball, allowing two more runs to cross the plate on the error. Just like that, Washington led 12-10.

In the bottom of the seventh, Stahlman sent down Jackson in order, finishing off the game with a strikeout to secure the thrilling victory.

The victory likely left all those in attendance wondering, “Did that really just happen?”

Forrester noted numerous players contributed to the win, but added that Stahlman would get the game ball.

“Jacob Unnerstall probably had the biggest hit of the game for us, but we gave the ball to Zach Stahlman,” Forrester said. “He came in to pitch and pretty much shut them down the last two innings. That sealed the deal for us and it was an awesome win.”

Unnerstall said he and his teammates never thought the game was over.

“This shows that we’re not just going to roll over,” Unnerstall said. “We’ve come back before.”

Unnerstall added there’s still work to do.

“This one was exciting,” he said. “But now we have to keep it going the rest of the tournament.”


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


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.


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