It went nine innings, but the Washington Post 218 Senior Legion team picked up its third big win in a row Sunday at Warrenton, 11-2.
Post 218 (20-8, 13-5) finished its Ninth District schedule with the win. Washington played Monday against Creve Coeur at Parkway Central High School before heading to the Blue Springs Wood Bat Tournament Wednesday.
“We started off a little slow but we were able to pick it up about halfway through the game to break it open and coast to a big win,” Post 218 Manager Mike Gardner said.
Washington scored in the top of the first and doubled the lead at 2-0 in the third. Post 218 added a third run in the fifth.
After Warrenton scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth, Washington blasted the game open in the seventh inning.
Post 218 pushed three runs across the plate in the seventh and added five more runs in the eighth.
Justin Schuler started for Washington and went six innings and earned the win.
“Justin Schuler worked a strong six innings,” Gardner said. “Unfortunately we made a mistake on a ball that we would normally catch and it cost us a couple of runs.”
Schuler allowed two unearned runs on three hits and three walks. He struck out 10 batters, including retiring the side on strikeouts in the fifth inning.
With the game on the line, Nathaniel Hillermann came in to pitch in the seventh and went the final three innings, allowing two hits. He struck out three batters.
While Washington had the one defensive miscue, Gardner said second baseman Ryan Becszlko made a huge play.
“Ryan Becszlko made a great defensive play when the game was still close to help shut down a rally,” Gardner said. “Our guys continued to swing the bats really well and we have a great deal of confidence at the plate, on the mound, and in the field.”
Austin Finder led off and went 2-5 with a double, two runs, two stolen bases and a walk.
Becszlko went 1-2 with three walks and three runs.
Sam Katzung batted third and 2-4 with a double, three runs, three RBIs and a walk.
Noah Borgerding was 3-4 with a double, two singles, a run, three RBIs and was hit by a pitch.
Hillermann was 2-5 with a double and one RBI.
Aaron Meyer and Ross Seitter each went 1-4 with a walk.
Spencer Juergens went 1-4 with a run and a walk.
Todd Kleekamp was 0-2, scoring a run. He walked and was hit by a pitch.
John Himmelberg went 0-1.
Taylor Duvel pitched for Warrenton.
Hunter Russell and Brandon Moeller scored the runs. Moeller and Airk Rader each had two hits. One of Rader’s hits was a double.
Donovan Mozee hit the ball which resulted in the error.