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Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013 12:00 pm

Paired up against each other in the opening round of the Senior Legion Zone 1 Tournament, Ninth District rivals Washington and West gave the fans exactly what they were looking for.

With the tying run at the dish in the top of the ninth, Post 218 relief pitcher Brendan Feldmann struck out Nick Cessna to give Washington the crucial first-round win Thursday night at the Howard Hills Complex in Moberly, 9-6.

“It was a big win,” said Post 218 Manager Mike Gardner. “I think it is really important to win the first one and stay out of the losers bracket.”

As its reward, Post 218 (35-8) gets Friday off and will return to action Saturday at 1 p.m. against the Jefferson City-Hannibal winner.

Jefferson City and Hannibal play Friday afternoon at 5 p.m.

“It’s nice to be able to sit back now and watch the game between Hannibal and Jeff City,” Gardner said. “We will be able to do some scouting and hopefully come up with a game plan.”

West, meanwhile, has to fight through the losers’ bracket, starting with an 8 p.m. Friday game against host Moberly, a 15-0 loser to Jefferson City in Thursday’s first game.

Thursday’s game was the sixth meeting between Washington and West this season and the two sides sized each other up like championship prize fighters for the first four innings before the offenses took over. It was the first game of the six played with BBCOR metal bats.

Early in the game, fortune seemed to favor Post 218. Washington struggled offensively against West starter Andrew Smith, but got the big play when it needed it. Trent Leimkuehler threw out Bobby Ehrlich in the top of the third.

“We really did not play that well defensively other than the throw out at home by Trent,” Gardner said.

West finally broke out on top in the fifth inning.

Facing Post 218 starter Tyler Tuepker, West got a leadoff single by Cessna. He was bunted to second by Ehrlich and hustled home on a single by Danny Biggs.

Biggs was chased across the plate on a triple by Austin Verschoore.

Tuepker, the winning pitcher, bounced back to get the final out and then got some help from his own players in the bottom of the frame. For the game, Tuepker allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks. He struck out three West players.

Tony Helfrich led off the bottom of the fifth with a walk. Noah Borgerding then singled. Helfrich crossed the plate when Sam Katzung reached on an error.

Borgerding was Washington’s top hitter in the game, coming through with three hits, including a double in the second inning.

“Noah had a great night at the plate and it will be a big lift to the team if he continues to hit,” Gardner said.

Andrew Sumner, the ninth batter in the order, came through with a clutch two-run single to chase Smith and give Washington the lead, 3-2. Sumner was playing second base with Dilan Bollmann absent exhibiting livestock at a fair.

Sumner managed to get to second safely despite getting picked off. He scored on a two-out ground rule double by Leimkuehler to make it 4-2.

Leimkuehler was Washington’s third batter with multiple hits in the game. He added a single to his ground rule double and drove in one during the contest.

In the sixth, Washington started the next rally when Jack Kopmann reached on an error. A wild pitch moved Kopmann to second and he scored on a double by Helfrich.

Helfrich moved up on a single by Borgerding and scored on a groundout by Katzung.

For the second inning in a row, Sumner delivered an RBI single to plate Borgerding and make it 7-2. This hit chased reliever Tyler Howe from the game.

Sumner went 2-4 in the game, driving in three runs and scoring twice.

“Andrew Sumner also stepped in and had a big night with three really big RBIs,” Gardner said.

Grant Eckelkamp followed with a single and both Sumner and Eckelkamp scored on a single by Leimkuehler. An error after the hit helped to make it 9-4 after six innings. Overall, West made three errors in the inning.

West wasn’t done and the Jaguars worked back to make it a close game.

In the seventh, Post 218 helped West with three errors as two runs crossed the plate. Nick Cessna and Alan Hall both came home in the frame.

West’s third pitcher, Matt Morris, kept Post 218 quiet for the rest of the game, so it was up to the West hitters to try and jump back.

Gardner moved to Jared Walde to relieve Tuepker to start the eighth. Walde walked three of the first four batters he faced and then gave up a ground rule double to Hall, cutting it to a 9-6 Washington lead.

Another pitching change put Feldmann on the mound and he quickly struck out Danny Biggs and coaxed Verschoore into a groundout to end the inning.

In the ninth, Feldmann opened by striking out Kyle Case.

Jordan White followed with a single and a two-base error and Justin Fawcett walked.

But Feldmann snuffed out the rally by getting a pop foul from Ryan Franklin and then striking out Cessna to end the game.

In the game, every Post 218 batter reached base. Luke Hasenjaeger drew a walk while Kopmann and Katzung reached on errors. Kopmann twice was robbed of hits by big plays from Verschoore in right field.


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 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

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

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

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

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

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

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

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 62, Sullivan 35

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