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Posted: Saturday, June 21, 2014 6:32 pm

By Jason Peake

Missourian Sports Writer

A five-run deficit? No problem.

Washington’s Junior Legion team overcame an early deficit in Thursday’s 11-5 win at New Haven.

New Haven held a 5-0 lead before Post 218 rallied in the later innings, scoring 11 unanswered runs.

“It didn’t start exactly the way we wanted it to, but we were able to pick up a victory,” Washington Manager Phillip Kleekamp said. “New Haven came out aggressive and was putting the ball in play early. Every ball they hit in the first inning seemed to find a hole. The boys did a great job of remaining calm when we got down early. I really liked their approach at the plate when we were down early. We were able to slowly get back in the game and put it away late. I really think this game was a good learning experience for us, as it showed that we have the ability to get back into a game even if we are down early.”

An error and a few singles got New Haven on the board early.

“After the second inning, we were trailing by five runs and had our work cut out for us,” Kleekamp noted.

After New Haven jumped out to a 5-0 lead, Washington responded with one run in the second, three in the third, one in the fourth and three apiece in both the fifth and sixth innings. New Haven didn’t score after the second inning.

“We were hitting the ball well all night,” Kleekamp noted. “ Early in the game the difference was they were finding the holes, and we were hitting line drives right at people. After we settled down, the boys did a great job of chipping away at the lead. After not scoring in the first inning, we were able to score in each of the next six innings. The boys really took some quality at-bats. We stressed to them to just keep the same approach, and don’t try to hit the ball out of the ballpark.”

Cody Smith and Isaiah Oakes drove in two runs apiece. Smith had three hits and scored two runs. Gus Kleekamp had four hits and scored two runs. Michael Sinnott had two hits and scored twice, while Adam Hinson scored three runs. Kyle Tuepker had two hits and one RBI, while Matt Miller and Zach Marquart drove in one run apiece.

“We had a lot of guys swinging the bat well tonight,” Kleekamp said. “Cody Smith picked up two RBIs and Isaiah Oakes also had a clutch hit late in the game. Gus Kleekamp had a great day at the plate, going 4-5 with two runs scored.”

James Dyson earned the win on the hill, going five innings. He allowed three earned runs. Isaiah West pitched two innings, allowing no runs.

“I thought James pitched better than the scorecard showed in the first inning,” Kleekamp said. “Although New Haven scored four runs in the first, I think New Haven may have only hit two balls well in the inning. Everything they hit just seemed to find its way through the infield. James did a great job of settling in and delivered five strong innings to pick up the win. Isaiah West came in relief and pitched two scoreless innings.”

New Haven got two hits and two RBIs from Cody Body, while Dakota Eikermann and Joshua Schroer had one RBI apiece. Conner Lane scored two runs, while Andrew Loehnig and Matthew Wade scored one run apiece. Cory Bean pitched for New Haven, allowing seven earned runs and striking out three.

Post 218 is at Union on Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

St. Peters

Washington rolled to a 12-2 victory over St. Peters on Tuesday night at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field.

Post 218 put up five runs in the first inning to set the tone. In the big first inning, two runs scored on back-to-back walks with the bases-loaded. Sinnott then doubled to make it 5-0.

“We were able to jump on top early in the game, plating five runs all with two outs in the bottom of the first,” Kleekamp said. “Matt Miller tripled to start the two-out rally. St. Peters’ pitcher had a rough time finding the sound after the triple and walked four-straight. Michael Sinnott struck the big blow of the inning by knocking a double to the left-center gap that chased all the runners home.”

A six-run fourth inning blew the game open.

“The game was put away in the bottom of the fourth,” Kleekamp said. “We were able to score six more runs as the new St. Peters pitcher also had a tough time finding the zone.”

In the huge fourth inning, Miller scored on Garrett Leimkuehler’s single to center. Marquart drew a walk with the bases loaded, scoring Kody Halmich. Sinnott and Hinson then hit RBI singles. Miller then drew a walk with the bases loaded for a 12-2 advantage.

Sinnott went 2-2 with three RBIs and two runs scored.

“It was nice to see Michael be more aggressive at the plate,” Kleekamp said. “He has the ability to hit for some power. He also added another hit and a walk in the game.”

Marquart drove in two runs and scored twice, while Miller, Leimkuehler, Cody Smith and Hinson all drove in one run apiece.

“Adam Hinson had a good day at the plate picking up two hits and an RBI,” Kleekamp noted. “Right now, we have a lot of players seeing the ball real well. We are being aggressive on the right pitches and have been reaping the benefits as of late.”

Adam Gauzy earned the win, going three innings on the mound. He struck out four and allowed no earned runs. Chris Schweissguth pitched two innings, striking out one and allowing no runs.

“Adam Gauzy got the start for us and allowed two unearned runs in three innings of work,” Kleekamp said. “Adam was dealing with some muscle tightness, so we replaced him with Chris Schweissguth in the top of the fourth. Chris allowed no runs on two hits in his two innings of work. He really stepped up for us and did a great job. The game was only 5-2 when Chris had to come in on short notice. He was aggressive and went right after the hitters early and was able to utilize his defense.”


Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West 13, Daniel Boone Post 262 8

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 11, Hannibal Post 55 2

Friday, July 25

G3 West 11, St. Charles Post 312 1

G4 Daniel Boone 10, Hannibal 2

Saturday, July 26

G5 Jefferson City 9, West 2

G6 St. Charles 11, Daniel Boone 0

G7 West 6, St. Charles 2

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — West 11, Jefferson City 0

G9 If-Needed Game — Jefferson City 14, West 12

Jefferson City advances to state tournament in Sedalia.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

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 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Jackson 3, Springfield Glendale 2

G2 Eureka 7, Sedalia 0

Friday, June 25

G3 Jackson 8, Washington 3

G4 Springfield Glendale 8, Sedalia 3

G5 Jackson 4, Eureka 2

G6 Washington 8, Springfield Glendale 0

Saturday, June 26

G7 Eureka 11, Washington 10 (9 innings)

G8 Championship — Jackson 7, Eureka 6

Jackson advances to Regional Tournament in Leavenworth, Kan.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

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 8, St. Peters 3

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

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

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 First

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    First

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    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

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.

*Indicates League Games

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