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Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 1:00 pm | Updated: 12:58 pm, Thu Jun 19, 2014.

By Jason Peake

Missourian Sports Writer

No-hitters are supposed to be rare occurrences.

Not for the Washington Post 218 Juniors.

Washington pitchers Matt Miller and Kody Halmich both recorded no-hitters in weekend victories for Post 218.

Miller allowed no hits in his team’s 10-0 victory over Pacific on Sunday at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field. Halmich’s no-no came on Saturday, a 10-0 win over Sullivan.

“We had a very successful weekend, picking up two district victories that were oddly similar,” Washington Manager Phillip Kleekamp said. “Both games were 10-0 victories, and both games were no-hitters that ended in walk-off fashion with us pushing across the game-ending runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.”

Washington hosts St. Peters Tuesday and is at Union on Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

“Hopefully we can keep it rolling this week,” Kleekamp said. “We will have a lot of Ninth District tests coming up, so this weekend was a good way to start things off.”


Miller went all five innings and allowed only one walk while striking out nine.

“Matt Miller delivered his second no-hitter this season,” Kleekamp said. “Due to the rain, Matt had not pitched in almost a week and a half, but I thought he was pretty sharp overall. He went deep into some counts early in the game but became more aggressive as the day went on.”

Washington scored three runs in the first inning against Pacific starter Blake Coleman. Two runs scored on Halmich’s single and then Zach Marquart’s RBI single made it 3-0. Adam Gauzy and Garrett Leimkuehler drove in runs in the second. Three more runs in the fourth and two in the fifth ended the game early.

“Putting three runs on the board in the first inning really helped set the tone early in the game,” Kleekamp said. “We took advantage of some walks early and got off to another quick start.”

Miller, Halmich and Zach Marquart all had two RBIs apiece, while Adam Gauzy recorded one RBI on three hits and also scored three runs. Kyle Tuepker scored four times and had two hits.

“We had contributions up and down the lineup,” Kleekamp noted. “Zach Marquart picked up two hits in three trips to the plate and has really improved over the last week or so. Kody Halmich also went 2-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Kyle Tuepker also had a great game out of the leadoff spot going 2-2 with two walks and scoring four runs. Adam Gauzy, who batted in the two-hole for the first time all year, also picked up three hits in three at-bats, a walk, and scored three times. When you get that kind of production from the top of your lineup, usually, good things are going to happen.”

Sam Fuchs drew the walk for Pacific. Coleman pitched four innings and allowed six earned runs. He struck out seven and walked three. Noah Miller pitched one-third of an inning for Post 320.


Halmich threw a no-hitter as the Washington Post 218 Juniors handled Sullivan, 10-0, on Saturday

Halmich went all five innings and allowed nothing. He didn’t allow a hit or a walk while striking out six. One Sullivan batter reached base due to an error.

“Kody was sharp right off the bat,” Kleekamp said. “He only needed around 50 pitches to secure the no-no. Sullivan’s hitters were aggressive early, and Kody was able to take advantage of that. I believe it only took 10 pitches to get through the first two innings. Our defense was solid behind him as well, making some good plays. Kody was able to be aggressive while changing speeds. I don’t think Sullivan hit a ball out of the infield all day.”

Washington scored four runs in the first, two in the second, one in the third and three more in the fifth to end the game early.

“Our hitters have really been aggressive early,” Kleekamp noted. “We were also able to take advantage of six walks and three HBPs.”

Miller went 2-2 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Trey Hunter and Chris Schweissguth both drove in two runs apiece. Marquart added one RBI. Adam Hinson and Gus Kleekamp both scored two runs apiece.

“We have been doing a much better job of jumping ahead early in the game,” Kleekamp said. “Our pitchers have been more aggressive in the strike zone, which has led to quicker innings on the defensive side. We have also been able to score in the first inning in each of our least three or four games.”


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