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Posted: Saturday, June 23, 2012 9:00 am | Updated: 11:19 am, Sat Jun 23, 2012.

While the Washington Post 218 Junior Legion team fell for just the second time in Ninth District play Tuesday, the team bounced back with a league road win Thursday.

Post 218 (21-4, 15-2) beat St. Charles Post 312 Thursday at Blanchette Park, 7-5, to start another winning streak.

“It was a good win that we had to have heading into a weekend doubleheader at Elsberry,” Post 218 Manager Phillip Kleekamp said.

Washington was scheduled to play Saturday against Eureka in Ellisville, but that game has been called off.

So, Washington will visit Elsberry for a Ninth District doubleheader Sunday starting at 3 p.m.

On Monday, Post 218 visits Sullivan for a 6 p.m. league game, the last action until next Thursday.

“The other coaches and I need to make sure the boys show up ready to go and play seven hard innings,” Kleekamp said. “With all of the success of our program over the years, we know that every team is gunning for us. We know that we are going to see the best every team has. We have to use that to motivate us and come out ready for a dogfight every game we play. This late in the season, it is just as much about your desire and mental toughness as it is about skill. The team with fewer mistakes will win the game most of the time. Our goal has always been to be regular season champions, and that is definitely within our reach. We need to improve our play and finish the season strong.”

St. Charles

Post 218 picked up a huge road win Thursday in St. Charles to bounce back from Tuesday’s home loss.

Grant Ruediger started for Washington, lasting 4.2 innings.

“Grant did not have his best game on the mound, but he was able to grind it out keeping us in the game,” Kleekamp said. “All the pitchers had to deal with an inconsistent strike zone, but Grant seemed to take the brunt of it. He was getting behind a lot of batters causing his pitch count to increase faster than we would have hoped.”

Tyler Straatmann followed, finishing out the fifth inning and lasting through the sixth.

Garrett Schoenfeld pitched the seventh, striking out three to earn a save.

“Garrett has really thrived coming out of the bullpen,” Kleekamp said. “He throws a lot of strikes mixing in a great curveball with a solid fastball. He definitely will be an asset in the district tournament.”

Kleekamp praised Peter Coulter and Todd Kleekamp for their offensive contributions.

“Pete Coulter and Todd Kleekamp both had great days at the plate and continue to be our leaders offensively,” Kleekamp said. “Pete has been on a tear as of late. It seems every other ball he hits is finding a gap right now. He added another two-RBI double last night. Todd was 2-4 with a double and an RBI.”

Teddy Harrison contributed three hits.

“Teddy Harrison also had a great game going 3-4 and reaching base every time he came to bat,” Kleekamp said.

“I thought we had a better game offensively than the score indicated,” said Kleekamp. “We were able to get back to the approach that has made us successful all year. Our hitters took a lot of quality at bats. I thought we did an especially good job of hitting when we had two strikes on us. The boys made adjustments and were able to put good swings on the ball even though they had gotten behind in the count. They really battled at the plate and made a lot of good things happen with two strikes.”

St. Peters

Washington’s winning streak came to a halt with a 5-4 Ninth District loss to St. Peters Tuesday at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field.

“We didn’t come out ready to play in the early innings, and it cost us the ballgame,” Kleekamp said. “You cannot have errors and mental mistakes against teams in the Ninth District. We have been able to limit our mistakes and battle back in the later innings to pick up wins. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case this time around against St. Peters.”

After Washington scored in the bottom of the third, St. Peters took the lead with two runs in the fourth. Post 218 responded with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. St. Peters scored three times in the sixth and Washington closed the gap with a run in the bottom of that frame, but could not catch up.

Washington outhit St. Peters, 7-5, but committed five errors to one for St. Peters.

“Offensively, we just couldn’t get a sustained rally going,” Kleekamp said. “We were able to pick a few runs here and there, but we left ten runners on base. You cannot leave that many runners on base and expect to be successful. We have gotten away with many slow starts so far this season because our bats have bailed us out late in games. We had some big hits tonight, but none of them came when we needed them. Hopefully, we can learn from tonight’s loss.”

Kleekamp led Post 218 with three hits. Coulter added two and Ross Seitter and Harrison had one hit apiece.

Kleekamp had the only extra-base hit, a triple.

Seitter scored twice while Kleekamp and Sam Katzung each scored once.

Coulter drove in two runs and Kleekamp had one RBI.

Katzung stole a base.

Kevin Birk walked twice while Aaron Meyer and Straatmann each walked once.

“St. Peters’ pitcher deserves some credit as well,” Kleekamp said. “He kept our hitters guessing somewhat and was able to pick up the complete-game victory.”

Anthony Chance took the loss, going six innings while allowing five runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks. He struck out eight.

“We received another quality start from Anthony Chance,” Kleekamp said. “Anthony came out on fire striking out the first three batters he saw on only nine pitches. St. Peters did a good job of making adjustments and putting the ball in play. They were able to put some runners on with the help of some of our mistakes and took advantage of opportunities to pick up the win.”

Schoenfeld pitched the final inning, striking out one batter.


Area Scoreboard


Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

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

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


Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    5 p.m.

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    3:30 p.m.

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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