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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

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

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

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Washington    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.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union vs. Wentzville Liberty   4 p.m.

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Pacific vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — St. Clair vs. Holt   7 p.m.

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington vs. Warrenton    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament


Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.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 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

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

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

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

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games