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Posted: Friday, May 25, 2012 1:00 pm

A pair of first-running runs was all Spencer Juergens and the Washington Post 218 Freshmen needed against Jackson Post 158.

Playing in the championship game of the Washington Post 218 Freshman Legion Preseason Tournament Tuesday night at Ronsick Field, Post 218 captured the crown for the second straight season with a 6-0 victory.

“This is the first team that’s really shut us down offensively,” said Post 218 Manager Kevin Juergens. “We knew they were going to be tough. When you have to drive a couple of hours to play, there’s a reason they come up here. They have a nice team. To be able to play a team like that and get a win is good.”

Washington (4-0) scored two runs in the top of the first inning and added four insurance runs in the top of the seventh.

That was more than enough for Spencer Juergens, who tossed a three-hit shutout. In seven innings, he registered nine strikeouts while walking two and hitting one.

Jackson (3-1) never got anything going offensively on a consistent basis.

“Spencer got out in front of the batters, tied them up and forced grounders. He put pressure on them all night, so that’s a credit to him,” Kevin Juergens said. “Spencer felt really good. His pitch count was low. He started to get his pitches up a little in the sixth inning. He said he felt fine, made the adjustments and came back strong in the seventh. They helped us by being anxious at the plate. We took advantage of it when we could.”

Washington’s pitching has been solid in its first four games of the season.

“Our pitching has been good and we still have more that we haven’t seen yet,” Juergens said. “Nate Hillermann is ready to go off last year’s team. He’s another fireballer.”

The two teams combined for nine hits, six of them by Post 218.

Juergens helped himself at the plate by reaching base three times with a single, a double and a walk.

Seth Bollmann, hitting in the leadoff spot, added a pair of singles.

John Himmelberg reached base three times and collected two RBIs. He had a two-run single and drew a pair of walks.

Ryan Becszlko had one hit and a sacrifice bunt.

Justin Baylard drew a pair of walks and had one RBI.

Austin Finder and Nate Hillermann both were hit by a pitch and reached on an error.

Micah McNeal had one RBI.

“Over the last couple of weeks that we’ve been together, we’re working on putting the ball in play,” Juergens said. “Up top, we have a lot of speed. In the middle, we have the bigger boys who can hit the ball pretty far. At the end, we come back with a little more speed. We have it all right there. It’s just a matter of putting it all together.”

In the top of the first inning, Bollmann singled and later scored when Hillermann hit a line drive to center field that was misplayed, allowing him to reach third base.

Hillermann then scored on a wild pitch to make the score 2-0.

“When we had to have a big play, we had the line drive right at somebody and got a break,” Juergens said. “We were disappointed in the first inning because he hit the ball, but got only two runs and left the bases loaded.”

There was no further scoring until the top of the seventh inning, where Post 218 crossed the plate four times.

Washington loaded the bases without a hit when Finder reached on an error, Hillermann was hit by a pitch and Juergens drew a walk.

Baylard followed with another walk to make the score 3-0.

Himmelberg then stroked a two-run single to increase the lead to 5-0.

The scoring ended when McNeal reached on an RBI fielder’s choice.

“It was nice to finally put it away in the seventh inning,” Juergens said.

Washington’s pitching staff should be helped this season by the team’s defensive abilities.

“We’re deep, so we can move a lot of kids around defensively. It’s a good headache to have trying to fit kids in,” Juergens said. “We have a lot of good gloves. No one tries to do anything fancy. We just want them to make the plays they can make.”

Expectations are high for another successful Post 218 Freshman season.

“I think we’re going to be right there like last year’s team,” Juergens said. “I expect good things to happen.”

Ballwin Post 611 defeated House Springs Post 783 in the third-place contest, 10-7.

Saturday’s Post 218 doubleheader against Florissant at McCluer North has been postponed. A rescheduled date has yet to be determined.

Washington is scheduled to host a doubleheader against Festus Tuesday at Ronsick Field starting at 6 p.m.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

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

Volleyball

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.

Softball

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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