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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

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 at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

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

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

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 vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

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