Scoring early, the Washington Post 218 Freshman Legion team managed to hold on Sunday to beat Elsberry at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field, 7-5.
Washington’s doubleheader at Festus Saturday was washed out.
Post 218 (7-6, 3-3) returns to action Tuesday at home with an 8:30 p.m. game against Warrenton at Ronsick Field.
On Wednesday, Washington will host West at 6 p.m.
And Post 218 hosts Wentzville Post 323 Friday night at 6 p.m.
“I think the last two games have been building blocks for this team going forward,” Post 218 Manager Scott Forrester said. “I think we will see some pretty good baseball played this week at Ronsick.”
Hosting Elsberry in a game moved due to wet grounds in Lincoln County, Washington opened the game with three runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Elsberry bounced back with two runs in the top of the second, but Washington matched that output in the bottom of the frame.
Washington added a run in the fourth. Elsberry scored three times in the top of the sixth, cutting Washington’s lead to 6-5. Post 218 added a final tally in the bottom of the sixth and then got out of the seventh without any additional damage.
Jacob Unnerstall pitched a complete game for Post 218, allowing five runs (two earned) on four hits and one walk. He struck out six.
“Jacob Unnerstall took the mound and did a great job going the distance and getting the win,” Forrester said. “Jacob only allowed two earned runs and had six strikeouts. Getting 22 first-pitch strikes tells you about Jacob’s control. He was on, which is good to see because his last outing he had some control problems.”
Offensively, Drew Piontek posted three hits with one run and an RBI. He added a stolen base.
Unnerstall helped his own cause with two hits.
Teddy Meyer tripled while Matt Piontek and Thomas Ruether posed singles.
Matt Piontek scored two runs while Nathan Breckenkamp, Ryan McDermott, Meyer and Jeff Peters each scored once.
Zach Finley, Meyer and Matt Piontek added RBIs.
Breckenkamp, Maguire Landwehr, Tyler Patton and Ruether drew walks.
Additionally, Meyer was hit by a pitch.
Matt Piontek stole two bases while Breckenkamp, Landwehr, McDermott, Meyer, Drew Piontek and Ruether each had one stolen base.
Finley and Landwehr each sacrificed.
“Offensively we seem to be getting more consistent,” Forrester said.
Washington needs to work on its defense, Forrester feels.
“Unearned runs have been an issue for this team,” Forrester said. “We play solid defense but give up runs on passed balls or errors way more than we should. We continue to focus on these things during practices in hopes we can get it under control.”
Post 218 made four errors in the game to three for Elsberry.
“We need to keep working on not letting the other team have four or five outs an inning,” Forrester said. “Things like passed balls and mental errors have caused us some problems so far this year.”