Washington Post 218 remained on top of the Ninth District Senior Legion baseball standings with recent victories over Clarksville and Daniel Boone.
Post 218 (20-6, 13-1) registered a 16-0 win in seven innings Tuesday over Clarksville at Bowling Green High School.
Playing at Ronsick Field Thursday, Post 218 held a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when Daniel Boone was forced to forfeit the game when one of its players became ill.
Daniel Boone had only nine players to start the game, so didn’t have enough to finish.
The two teams still played seven innings for an exhibition game with some Post 218 players moving over to the Daniel Boone side.
Post 218 plays Friday at St. Peters (12-7, 7-4) at 7 p.m. and visits West (32-5, 10-2) in a Ninth District showdown Saturday at Westhoff Park in O’Fallon at 8 p.m.
Washington had little trouble with Clarksville, winning 16-0 in seven innings.
Post 218 scored one run in the top of the first inning, one in the third, one in the fourth, two in the fifth, seven in the sixth and four in the seventh.
Washington outhit Clarksville, 16-2.
“It took us a few innings to get the bats going, but once we did, we put up some runs and cruised to an easy victory,” said Post 218 Manager Mike Gardner. “Hopefully our bats will stay hot for the rest of the season.”
Tony Helfrich got the start on the mound for Post 218 and earned the win.
In five innings, Helrich allowed no runs on two hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
Trent Leimkuehler tossed two scoreless innings in relief. He walked one and struck out four.
“Tony Helfrich was on the mound for us and pitched well. We took him out after five innings so that he can come back on the weekend if we need him,” Gardner said. “It also gave us an opportunity to get Trent back on the mound since it had been nine days since he pitched.”
Grant Eckelkamp, Dilan Bollmann (one double), Matt Jones, Dustin Howard and Leimkuehler (one double) each registered two hits for Post 218.
Jones and Bollmann both added a walk, two runs and one RBI. Howard also collected two RBIs and two runs. Eckelkamp also was hit by a pitch, had two RBIs and one run. Leimkuehler had two runs and one RBI.
Jack Kopmann finished with one hit, one walk, three RBIs and one run.
Mike McGilvray totaled one hit, one walk, two runs andd one RBI.
Noah Borgerding (double) and Brendan Feldmann both had one hit, two RBIs and one run.
Cody Gardner finished with one hit and one RBI.
Austin Rettke had one hit.
Luke Hasenjaeger walked and scored. Sam Deschenes walked twice and scored.
Brendan Feldmann got the start on the mound for Post 218 Thursday against Daniel Boone.
Feldmann and Zach Pointer both tossed three shutout innings.
Helfrich and Borgerding both had extra-base hits to drive in runs.
Post 218, the visiting team on the scoreboard, scored the lone run in the top of the second inning.
“Unfortunately in the fourth inning, the heat got to their catcher and he was unable to continue playing. That left them with only eight players and by rule, they had to forfeit,” Gardner said. “The umpires agreed to stay and let us play seven innings, so it gave us a chance to get everyone a little playing time.”