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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

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 12

%St. Charles 85, Bayless 32

%Westminster 64, Washington 44

Fulton SA at Providence    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Pacific 48, Eureka 38

%Borgia 72, St. Clair 36

#South Callaway 68, North Callaway 29

#Hermann 28, Russellville 13

Crosspoint 59, Heritage Christian Academy 18

%Francis Howell Central 87, Union 79

#New Bloomfield 63, Montgomery Co 59

#Harrisburg 48, New Haven 39

Thursday, Jan. 15

#North Callaway 65, Montgomery County 58

#South Callaway 84, New Bloomfield 58

Bethel at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

#Russellville 36, New Haven 34

#Harrisburg 51, Hermann 44

Friday, Jan. 16

%Washington 71, Bayless 43

%Union 65, St. Clair 52

*Crosspoint at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

%St. Charles 67, Westminster 50

Providence at Fulton SA    7 pm.

#Seventh-place game — New Haven vs. Montgomery Co.    7:30 p.m.

Consolation game — Russellville vs. North Callaway    7:30 p.m.

%Borgia 60, Francis Howell Central 53

Saturday, Jan. 17

%Seventh-place game — Bayless 58, St. Clair 43

#Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Bloomfield   3:30 p.m.

%Consolation game — Washington 66, Union 59

%Third-place game — Westminster 66, Francis Howell Central 62

#Championship game — Harrisburg vs. South Callaway    6:30 p.m.

%Championship game — St. Charles 65, Borgia 40

Sunday, Jan. 18

Pacific vs. Jefferson City (Mizzou)    5:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 19

Union 86, Warrenton 62

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Park Hills Central 72, St. Clair 55

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    6:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    7:30 p.m.

Linn 59, New Haven 38

Thursday, Jan. 22

Union 86, Cuba 72

Fulton SA at Rivers of Life    6 p.m.

Borgia 70, O'Fallon Christian 35

*Crosspoint at Thomas Jefferson    7 p.m.

Pacific 69, Wichita Independent 46

Friday, Jan. 23

Cuba at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:45 p.m.

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

*Fulton SA at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Pacific vs. Riverton at Frontenac Tny (Kan.)    8:30 p.m.

New Haven at Chamois    6 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 24

Pacific vs. TBA, Frontenac Tny (Kan.)    TBA

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge vs. Northwest    5:30 p.m.

^Lutheran South vs. Hillsboro    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Union    5:30 p.m.

~Warrenton vs. Chamois    6 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Owensville    6 p.m.

^Washington vs. St. Clair    7 p.m.

~Wright City vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

~Montgomery Co vs. St. James    7:30 p.m.

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Rock Bridge-Northwest loser vs. Lutheran South-Hillsboro loser    5:30 p.m.

~Warrenton-Chamois loser vs. Wright City-New Haven loser    6 p.m.

~Warrenton-Chamois winner vs. Wright City-New Haven winner    6 p.m.

^Borgia-Union loser vs. Washington-St. Clair loser    7 p.m.

~Hermann-Owensville loser vs. Montgomery Co-St. James loser    7:30 p.m.

~Hermann-Owensville winner vs. Montgomery Co-St. James winner    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge-Northwest winner vs. Lutheran South-Hillsboro winner    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia-Union winner vs. Washington-St. Clair winner    7 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

%Washington Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 12

St. Clair 60, Lutheran South 49

Pacific 65, Lindbergh 40

@Washington 79, Patriettes 28

#Harrisburg 69,  Russellville 45

#New Bloomfield 54, Montgomery Co 29   

Fulton SA at Providence    6 p.m.

@Helias 47, Sullivan 42

#North Callaway 49 vs. New Haven 39 

#Hermann 44 vs. South Callaway 40

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Ursuline 63, Pacific 44

St. Clair 58, Ft. Zumwalt East 27

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West 45, Union 38

@Borgia 57, Eureka 35

Wednesday, Jan. 14

#Russellville 43,  New Haven 24

#North Callaway 63, Harrisburg 57

# South Callaway 46, Montgomery Co 28

#New Bloomfield 58, Hermann 50

Thursday, Jan. 15

Bethel at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

St. Clair 54, Northwest 38

@Sullivan 64, Patriettes 32

@Union 56, Eureka 26

Friday, Jan. 16

@Helias 38, Washington 35

Providence at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

#Seventh-place game — New Haven 52, Montgomery County 40

#Consolation — Russellville vs.  South Callaway  6 p.m.

@Borgia 47, St. Charles West 37

Saturday, Jan. 17

@Seventh-place game — Eureka 69, Patriettes 39

#Third-place game — Hermann vs. Harrisburg   2 p.m.

@Consolation game — Sullivan 45, Union 38

@Third-place game — Washington 55, St. Charles West 37

#Championship — New Bloomfield vs. North Callaway    5 p.m.

@Championship — Borgia 37, Helias 36

Monday, Jan. 19

*Owensville 78,  St. Clair 68

Warrenton 51, Union 44

New Haven 44, Montgomery Cnty 40 

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.-rescheduled for Friday, Jan. 23

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    5 p.m.

Pacific 63, Parkway West 43

New Haven 35, Wellsville 26

Crosspoint at CAGSL    6 p.m.

Borgia 56, O'Fallon Christian 26

Wednesday, Jan. 21

Pacific 55, Eureka 40

Thursday, Jan. 22

*Washington 56, Ft. Zumwalt East 30

*Crosspoint at Thomas Jefferson    5:30 p.m.

Silex 45, New Haven 44

Borgia 67, Trinity 22

Friday, Jan. 23

*Fulton SA at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt vs. Pacific    4 p.m.

^Union vs. Warrenton    5:30 p.m.

~Owensville vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

^St. Clair vs. Lutheran South    7 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Wright City    7:30 p.m.

^Washington vs. Wentzville Liberty    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Wright City    7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Holt-Pacific loser vs. Union-Warrenton loser    4 p.m.

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Washington-Wentzville Liberty loser vs. St. Clair-Lutheran South loser    5:30 p.m.

~Owensville vs. New Haven    6 p.m.

^Holt-Pacific winner vs. Union-Warrenton winner    7 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Chamois    7:30 p.m.

^Washington-Wentzville Liberty winner vs. St. Clair-Lutheran South winner    8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Borgia at Notre Dame    6:45 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game    4 p.m.

~Consolation    5 p.m.

^Consolation    5:30 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game    6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game    7 p.m.

~Championship    8 p.m.

^Championship    8:30 p.m.

@Union Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament


Tuesday, Jan. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt North 39, Washington 36

*Union 41, St. James 24

*Union 49, Sullivan 24

Warrenton 48, Union 30

Thursday, Jan. 22

Priory/Windsor at Pacific    5 p.m.

Borgia at Festus    5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 23

Union, Pacific at MICDS Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 24

Union, Pacific at MICDS Tny    TBA

St. Clair at Ft. Zumwalt South Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific at St. Clair    6 p.m.

Borgia at Helias Tri-Meet    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Union at Farmington/Summit    5 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James/Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Washington at Seckman    6 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    TBA

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at Potosi/Festus    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington vs. Borgia    noon

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington at St. Charles West    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

*Conference Games