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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

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games