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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 11:45 am

Dodging rain, the Washington Post 218 Senior Legion team fell twice this past weekend.

Post 218 (24-5) fell Sunday in games to Festus, 3-2, and Jackson, 3-1, in Festus.

“The day was eerily similar to last year,” Post 218 Manager Mike Gardner said. “Festus won in a walk off, and we lost to Jackson. As they say history repeats itself, so we will need to rebound in Blue Springs and carry it on through the districts, zone, and state tournaments.”

The losses were Washington’s first since falling 3-2 to Eureka June 9.

On Saturday, Washington was leading New Baden, Ill., by a 4-0 score in Ste. Genevieve before rain came and washed out the rest of the contest. The other scheduled game against Murphysboro, Ill., was also called off.

Post 218, which secured the Ninth District regular season championship last week with three wins (17-0 in the league), heads to Blue Springs Wednesday to play in the Blue Springs Wood Bat Tournament.

The defending tournament champions will be looking to reverse their fortunes after suffering their first losing streak of the season.

Washington’s pool games in Blue Springs are:

• Wednesday against Rod’s Sports A’s at Jim Moran Field (Hidden Valley Complex) at 5 p.m.;

• Thursday at Blue Springs South against the Omaha Post 1 Vikings at 3 p.m.;

• Friday at Hidden Valley Field 1 against the Lee’s Summit Post 189 Pirates at 10 a.m.; and

• Friday at Jim Moran Field against Elsberry at 3 p.m. That game also will count as the final district game for Post 218.

After returning, Washington will be gearing up for the Ninth District Tournament. Gardner reports there will be North and South Division brackets unless another team drops out of the postseason. Sullivan already has dropped out of the district tournament.

Should another team drop out, there would be one eight-team bracket with the tournament winner and Washington (regular season winner) going to the Zone 1 Tournament in Moberly.

Otherwise, the two bracket winners will qualify for the Zone 1 Tournament.


Post 218 renewed its rivalry with Post 253 Sunday afternoon with another close game.

The two teams played for the 2011 state championship with Festus winning the title. Washington won the state crown last season.

In Sunday’s game, Festus scored first, getting a run in the bottom of the second.

Washington took the lead with two runs in the top of the fifth, but Festus won it with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

“We looked a little tired and just really could not get the bats going against Festus,” Gardner said.

Offensively, Washington was limited to three hits in the game with Trent Leimkuehler, Sam Katzung and Jack Kopmann hitting singles.

Kopmann added a sacrifice while Leimkuehler and Katzung were hit by pitches.

Grant Eckelkamp and Kopmann also drew walks.

Defensively, Washington turned one double play as well.

Justin Schuler started on the hill for Washington and allowed one run on seven hits and one walk over five innings. He struck out four batters.

Tyler Tuepker relieved and pitched one inning.

“Justin Schuler was on the mound and gave us a strong five innings of work,” Gardner said. “We pulled him only because we want him to be fresh for Blue Springs and we wanted to get Tyler Tuepker an inning of work.”

Trent Leimkuehler relieved in the seventh and got one out, but allowed two runs on two hits and one walk to suffer the loss.

“We also wanted Trent to close the game in order to keep him and Matt sharp as our closers,” Gardner said. “Unfortunately the plan did not go the way we wanted. Trent had a little trouble finding the strike zone and then we misplayed a fly ball that should have been caught. It was a tough loss to a good team, but we really did not look like ourselves.”


Post 218 also lost in the day’s second game to Jackson, 3-1.

Jackson scored first, pushing three runs across the plate in the top of the third inning.

Washington scored its run in the bottom of the sixth.

“We missed some opportunities to score against Jackson and they took advantage of their one opportunity,” Gardner said.

Zach Pointer went six innings on the hill for Post 218, allowing three runs on nine hits. He struck out two.

Matt Jones pitched the seventh, walking one and striking out one.

“Zach Pointer gave us 6 good innings of work on the mound,” Gardner said. “As planned Matt Jones pitched a scoreless seventh inning.”

Offensively, Jones and Luke Hasenjaeger each had two hits.

Hasenjaeger also scored the Post 218 run.

Katzung doubled and drove in Washington’s run.

Eckelkamp had one hit and a walk.

Kopmann singled while Dilan Bollmann walked twice.

Jackson managed nine hits in the game, including one double.

New Baden

Post 218 was on the way to winning Saturday in Ste. Genevieve over New Baden, Ill., Saturday, when rain intervened.

The storm was heavy enough to wash out the rest of the day’s action.

“We only played a couple of innings and were winning 4-0 against New Baden before the rain came,” Gardner said. “It rained really hard for an hour or more and the field was unplayable.”

Washington scored all four of its runs in the bottom of the first inning. Eckelkamp, Kopmann, Jones and Schuler all crossed the plate. Katzung and Ben Huffman recorded RBIs.

Post 218 had three hits and four walks. Eckelkamp, Kopmann and Huffman singled. Eckelkamp, Leimkuehler, Schuler and Katzung walked.

Eckelkamp and Leimkuehler stole bases in the game.

Hasenjaeger was on the mound for Washington and he allowed one hit over two innings while striking out one New Baden batter.


Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Senior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Daniel Boone 14, Pacific 3

*Washington 20, Sullivan 5

Wednesday, July 2

*Daniel Boone 8, Pacific 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 1

Thursday, July 3

*Washington 11, St. Charles 0

Friday, July 4

*Pacific at St. Peters    1:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Washington 20, Pacific 1

Sunday, July 6

*Washington 11, Warrenton 2

Monday, July 7

Washington 9, Creve Coeur 7

Blue Springs Wood Bat Tournament

Wednesday, July 9

Washington 7, Gravette Lions 0

Thursday, July 10

Washington 4, Post 339 West (Bellevue, Neb.) 2

Friday, July 11

Washington 14, Geiger Redi-Mix (Leavenworth, Kan.) 0

Washington 4, Hawthorne Outlaws (Lee's Summit) 2

Saturday, July 12

Quarterfinals — Quincy (Ill.) 4, Washington 1

Junior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Union 5, New Haven 0

*Union 7, New Haven 4

*St. Charles 12, Pacific 5

Thursday, July 3

*Union 13, Hannibal 2

*Union 10, Hannibal 3

*Elsberry at Pacific    7 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Daniel Boone at Pacific (DH)    10 a.m.

Union 6, Crocker 5

Union 13, Crocker 7

Freshman Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Washington 16, Pacific 1

Wednesday, July 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 0

Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Junior Legion

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry def. St. Peters

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia next week.


Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Freshman Legion

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield def. St. Peters

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles def. Elsberry-Winfield

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — Washington vs. St. Charles, 1 p.m.

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    8 a.m.

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    6 p.m.

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    8 a.m.

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

Great Midwest Football League

July 5

Missouri Cyclones 22, Midwest Chargers 14

July 12

Missouri Cyclones at Missouri Valley Pitbulls, St. Charles High School, 5 p.m.

Ninth District Standings

July 1, 2014

District Games Only

Senior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

West    11    2

Daniel Boone 262    9    3

Washington 218    11    5

St. Charles 312    9    5

Elsberry 226    8    5

Wentzville 323    5    5

St. Peters 313    7    7

Pacific 320    3    10

Warrenton 122    0    10

Sullivan 18    1    12

2014 Final Standings

Junior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

Elsberry 226    20    2

Union 297    19    3

Washington 218    18    4

St. Charles 312    14    8

St. Peters 313    12    10

Wentzville 323    12    10

Hannibal 55    10    12

New Haven 366    9    13

Daniel Boone 262    5    14

Warrenton 122    3    16

Pacific 320    3    15

Sullivan 18    0    20

Freshman Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

St. Charles 312    20    0

Washington 218    17    3

Hannibal 55    16    4

Elsberry-Winfield 226    14    6

Wentzville 323    9    11

Warrenton 122    8    12

West    7    13

St. Peters 313    6    14

New Haven 366    5    15

Pacific 320    4    16

Elsberry 226    4    16

*Indicates League Games

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