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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 1:30 pm

Making five errors, the Washington Post 218 Juniors made sure St. Charles had every chance to take an upset out of Monday’s Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament game.

“We preach to the boys to not look past anybody,” said Post 218 Manager Phillip Kleekamp. “St. Charles did a good job tonight but we definitely didn’t help our cause as much as we should have. The biggest thing we can take away is that Evan Ayers did a great job. Hopefully this is a learning point to get us focused in on the tournament.”

Ayers controlled action from the mound as top-seeded Post 218 (23-2) advanced in the winners’ bracket of the 10-team double-elimination tournament.

“It was a little tighter than we had hoped,” Kleekamp said. “We haven’t played in about eight or nine days and it really showed. Our defense, which had been one of our biggest strengths the last week or two of the season, took the night off a little bit. Evan Ayers pitched a phenomenal ballgame. He got more ground balls than we could ever ask for and we didn’t make a whole lot of plays behind him. We were really lucky to squeak one out.

Washington remains at home Wednesday, hosting fifth-seeded O’Fallon in a 6 p.m. game at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field.

“It’s good to get out and get some field work,” Kleekamp said. “We had two or three practices, but there’s nothing like being in a game. We get a day off and we’ll get back after it on Wednesday.”

Other Games

Perhaps the most surprising result from Monday night’s action was third-seeded West falling to sixth-seeded Elsberry at Westhoff Park, 5-4.

Elsberry has started to peak at the end of the season and recently defeated second-seeded Pacific as well. Those two teams will meet in the other winners’ bracket semifinal Wednesday in Pacific.

Pacific had the easiest time Monday, ripping Central by a 17-4 score Monday.

O’Fallon advanced to face Washington with an 8-3 win over fourth-seeded St. Peters Monday.

Losers’ bracket action begins Tuesday with St. Charles facing New Haven and the winner advancing to meet St. Peters at Westhoff Park Field 4.

In the other three-team pod, Wentzville takes on Central with the winner getting West at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field.

St. Charles

Ayers dominated St. Charles, going the distance while allowing two unearned runs on three hits and two walks. He struck out four while dealing grounder after grounder.

Unfortunately for Ayers, the left side of Washington’s infield made five errors, which made the game much closer than Washington fans would have liked to have seen it.

Post 218 had initial success against St. Charles pitcher Tyler Renaud, scoring once in the first and twice in the second.

Renaud went the distance while allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits and three walks. He struck out three.

Post 312 scored its two runs in the top of the fourth, but Washington added a huge insurance run in the bottom of that frame to keep the gap at two runs.

Offensively, Post 218 managed four hits with two of them being for extra bases. John Himmelberg tripled and Ryan Becszlko doubled in the game.

Ross Seitter and Spencer Juergens hit singles in the game.

Seth Bollmann, Juergens, Becszlko and Kyle Summers scored the Washington runs. Aaron Meyer, Justin Baylard and Himmelberg drove in runs.

Bollmann, Meyer and Justin Baylard drew walks.

Baylard added a sacrifice fly while Bollmann, Seitter and Summers stole bases.


Washington’s first run came after Bollmann walked and Seitter reached on an infield single. Meyer grounded out to bring in Bollmann.

In the second, Juergens started the inning with a single and Becszlko followed with a double.

Baylard’s sacrifice fly scored Juergens and Becszlko came home on a balk.

With one out in the fourth, St. Charles took advantage of back-to-back errors to put runners on base.

Renaud scored on a groundout and the second run came home on the inning’s third error.

Washington’s final run came on a two-out rally. Summers reached base on an error and came home on Himmelberg’s triple.


Area Scoreboard


Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18


Tuesday, Aug. 26

Potosi def. Union, 18-25, 25-18, 25-15

Francis Howell C def. Washington, 25-19, 25-22

Farmington def. Pacific, 25-23, 22-25, 25-8

New Haven at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Borgia def. Cardinal Ritter, 25-3, 25-3

Wednesday, Aug. 27

ECC def. Central Methodist JV, 25-12, 25-14, 25-15

Thursday, Aug. 28

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Borgia def. Notre Dame, 25-15, 25-8

*Washington def. Ft. Zumwalt South

Union def. Battle, 25-17, 25-11

Pacific def. Seckman, 25-17, 20-25, 30-28

Hermann at Jefferson City    5:30 p.m.

Belle at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Linn at Owensville    6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    5 p.m.


Saturday, Aug. 23

Union Tournament

Union Sports Complex

G1 Washington 21, St. Clair 0

G2 Pacific 15, Liberty 3

G3 Farmington 15, Union 0

G4 Park Hills Central 4, Borgia 2

G5 Liberty 6, St. Clair 5

G6 Union 9, Borgia 2

G7 Washington 5, Pacific 4

G8 Farmington 5, Park Hills Central 2

Consolation — Union vs. Liberty Postponed due to heat

Seventh Place — Borgia 16, St. Clair 0

Championship — Farmington 5, Washington 0

Third Place — Park Hills Central 7, Pacific 6

Monday, Aug. 25

*Borgia 5, Notre Dame 4 (8 innings)

Union 14, Rolla 7

New Haven at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Belle at Owensville    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Westminster Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Ft. Zumwalt S 5, Washington 2

Warrenton 4, Union 3

Duchesne 10, Pacific 5

Steelville at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Vienna at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wright City 6, St. Clair 2

New Bloomfield at New Haven    5 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Pacific, PPD to Sept. 5

Thursday, Aug. 28

St. Clair 3, Borgia 2

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washingto, PPD

Bourbon at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Linn    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Pacific at Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    4:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Union 1, St. James 0

Fredericktown 4, St. Clair 1

Pacific 2, Hillsboro 0

Sullivan at SLUH    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Union, PPD

Thursday, Aug. 28

Union at De Soto    5 p.m.

Pacific at North County    5 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5 p.m.

*St. Mary’s 4, Borgia 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

ECC at McKendree JV    7 p.m.

#Washington at Francis Howell North, 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Friday, Aug. 22

Sullivan at Fleet Feet Inv    4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at Parkway Central Inv    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

St. Clair at First Capitol Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Lafayette Inv    9 a.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Aug. 25

Borgia 215, Washington 241

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia 280, Lutheran St. Charles 284, Washington 292

Boys Swimming

Friday, Aug. 29

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E Inv    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

@Fort Scott Tournament

#Parkway West/Northwest Tournament

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