NEW ORLEANS — Washington Post 218 got the pitching performance it needed to stay in the Senior American Legion Mid-South Tournament.
But so did Columbia, Tenn., Post 19.
And in the end, the Tennessee state champion survived Friday afternoon at John Ryan Stadium with a 3-0 victory over Washington.
Post 218 ended the season with a 39-10 record and championships in the Missouri State Tournament and the Blue Springs Wood Bat Tournament.
Cody Gardner got the ball for Washington and went the distance, suffering the defeat. He limited Columbia to just six hits in the contest, but his counterpart from Tennessee did a bit better.
Columbia's Garrett Ring spun the shutout, limiting Post 218 to just two hits in the game.
The key to the game came in the first inning. Both teams threatened to score. The difference was that Columbia pushed one run across the plate.
Washington started the game with Jack Kopmann and Trent Leimkuehler drawing one-out walks. However, Mike McGilvray hit into a 1-6-3 double play to end the inning.
In the bottom of the first, Austin Bryant singled and Seth Staggs followed with a walk. Heath Slatton loaded the bases with a single to left.
Post 218 traded an out at second for a run on a Nick Holt grounder to shortstop.
Gardner came back to retire Dathan Prewitt on a liner to center and Post 19 chose not to test McGilvray's arm. Washington escaped with the final out.
The 1-0 lead held up through the bottom of the eighth.
Columbia added two huge insurance runs. Desi Ammons led off with a single. He was bunted to second and took third on a wild pitch.
With two outs, Bryant singled to right to plate the run. Bryant came home on a single by Staggs to give Columbia a massive 3-0 lead, one which held up when Washington went in order in the top of the ninth.
Dustin Howard had Washington's other base hit.
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