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Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 10:30 am

It was one of those games where both teams deserved to win.

Unfortunately, one team had to lose.

Drew Reed drove in the game-winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Union Post 297 Junior Legion baseball team a thrilling 1-0 victory over Washington Post 218 on Sunday night at Union High School.

“The pitching dominated this game, but in the end we were able to string three hits together and that’s why we won,” Union Manager Ryan Bailey said.

“Neither team deserved to lose,” Washington Manager Phillip Kleekamp said. “Union definitely deserves a lot of credit. Their pitchers pitched very well, and they were able to make a few big plays when we had rallies going to get out of tight spots.”

Union hosts St. Charles Wednesday at 6 p.m. Washington is at St. Charles on Thursday at 6 p.m. Post 218 travels to New Haven on Friday at 8 p.m.

A classic pitcher’s duel throughout, neither team could muster much offense the entire game. And once neither team could score through the first seven innings, Sunday’s game went into extra innings.

In the bottom of the ninth, Union’s Blake Pickard and Ethan Hughes recorded hits with one out to get on base, setting the table for the game-winning hit. After an out, Reed doubled to left-center, Pickard scored and Union earned an exciting win.

“Blake Pickard has been hitting the ball solid lately and he got it started with a hard line drive up the middle,” Bailey noted. “Ethan Hughes just missed some time with basketball camp and he has a sore ankle, but he was able to put together his best at-bat of the day and just sneak a grounder through the middle to put Blake in scoring position. With two outs, Drew Reed came through with a clutch line drive to the gap on the first pitch to score Blake. Drew was one of the leading hitters on the varsity high school team this past spring but he’s been struggling this summer at the plate. Lately he’s been hitting some hard balls just right at people, so it’s good to see him get this hit and hopefully it gets him going. It was an awesome ending to the game.”

Jerod Mattingly, Dillon Breeden and Hughes handled the pitching duties for Union, combining on a nine-inning shutout. Hughes earned the win, going the final 2.1 innings on the hill. Mattingly went five innings and struck out eight and allowed just three hits. Breeden went 1.2 innings and struck out three.

“Jerod Mattingly pitched an amazing game,” Bailey said. “He did a great job of getting ahead in the count and keeping the ball away from the middle of the zone. He threw first-pitch strikes to 16 of the 19 batters he faced, which is what really good pitchers do. He was able to shut them down at the same time their pitcher was doing the same thing to our bats. When the game went to relief pitchers, Dillon Breeden was able to come in and give us an effective couple of innings and when he got into trouble Ethan Hughes got us out of a big jam and then was able to finish the game. It was a great job by all three of them.”

Bailey also credited the defense of second baseman Mike Wachter.

“Mike Wachter made two great defensive plays for us, one of which kept Washington from scoring a run,” Bailey said. “In the top of the seventh he was able to slide and catch an infield pop-up that our first baseman lost in the sun. Washington had the bases loaded at the time and would have scored at least one run if he doesn’t make that play. The second web gem was in the top of the eighth. No one was on base but it was a diving catch on a line drive that was heading to right field. It was an awesome play that gave us some energy and when the inning ended their leadoff hitter was on deck. Any time you can keep the lineup from turning over that’s a good thing and Mike helped out with that immensely tonight.”

Union had four hits in the game — one apiece by Wachter, Pickard, Hughes and Reed.

Washington’s Matt Miller definitely threw well for Post 218. Miller went six strong innings, striking out eight, walking four and allowing just one hit. Gus Kleekamp pitched the final 2.2 innings, striking out three, walking one and allowing three hits.

“Our pitchers did an excellent job,” Phillip Kleekamp said. “We allowed one run on four hits throughout nine innings. Any time that you can get that kind of effort from your pitching staff, you should win the ballgame. Unfortunately, we came out on the short end today. Although we out-hit Union, we were not able to push a run across. We played a very solid game.”

Washington had six hits in the game, two from Kody Halmich and one apiece from Kyle Tuepker, Gus Kleekamp, Zach Marquart and Adam Hinson.

Kleekamp noted his team had some chances early in the game. Union’s Reed threw out two runners attempting to steal bases.

“We ran into some outs early in the game that were some tough pills to swallow,” Kleekamp said. “We play an aggressive style of baseball that has led to a lot of success in the past. It came back to bite us a bit today. We lost a runner at third with no outs, as well as two at second — one of which was supposed to be a hit and run. Most of the time, our aggressive style pays off for us. However, Union made a few key plays that stifled us in the first half of the game.”

Kleekamp added his team will move on from the loss.

“It definitely was a tough loss and will stick with us for a bit,” Kleekamp said. “The good news is that we are right back at it (Monday). Hopefully, we can get back on the winning track. Although Union swept the season series, we still have many district games left and can still accomplish our goal of winning the regular season championship. We would like the chance to play Union again. There is a good chance that we can see them in the district tournament, and we look forward to that opportunity if and when it presents itself to us. However, right now, we are still focused on winning the regular season championship.”

St. Peters

Union swept a doubleheader from St. Peters on Friday night, winning 8-3 and 2-1.

In game one, Post 297 scored three runs in the first inning and never looked back. A three-run sixth inning gave Union some breathing room.

“In the first game, we came out swinging and had three hits to start the first inning,” Bailey said. “Overall, it was one of our best hitting games in a while and our pitching did enough to keep the St. Peters bats quiet for most of the game.”

Nick Eads drove in two runs and scored twice, while Wachter, Kendall Sheler, Pickard, Justin Mentz and Mattingly all drove in one run apiece. Pickard had three hits, while Dawson Sickmeier scored twice. Reed earned the win on the mound, striking out four and allowing just one earned run.

“Drew was able to deal with some wildness on his part along with a small strike zone to get through five innings and only give up one run,” Bailey said. “And when St. Peters did score to cut the lead to two, we were able to push two more runs across to make the score 5-1 and we kept going from there.”

In game two, Pickard brought home the game-winning run in the sixth inning. The game was tied 1-1 in the sixth when Eads was hit by a pitch and then St. Peters couldn’t handle Pickard’s ground ball, with Eads scoring from second.

“Our bats fell silent in between games but we were able to get on base with walks and hit batters and we scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error,” Bailey said.

Union had two hits in the game, one by Sheler and one by Bobby Curnutte.

Wachter got the win on the mound for Post 297, striking out three in two innings. Chris Griffin and Mattingly also pitched. Griffin went four innings and struck out five while allowing one run on two hits and six walks.

“The second game ended up being a pitcher’s duel,” Bailey said. “Griffin came out and had to work with a tight strike zone. But he was able to go four innings and keep us in the game. Jerod came in to get the save and had no problem retiring the side in order. It wasn’t our prettiest game of the year, but any time you can sweep a doubleheader you’ll take it.”


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 80, Lutheran South 59

^Borgia 46, Washington 43 (OT)

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game — St. Clair vs. Northwest   2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation — Union vs. Hillsboro    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game — Washington vs. Lutheran South   5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship — Borgia vs. Rock Bridge    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 66, Wentzville Liberty 31

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

^Consolation — Lutheran South 55, Pacific 49

*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 — Holt 63, St. Clair 49

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

^Championship — Washington 61 Warrenton 50

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