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Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 12:00 pm

MOBERLY — Swinging at the first pitch he saw Saturday afternoon in Moberly, Washington Post 218 Senior Legion player Tony Helfrich hit a shot into the outfield.

But it ended up in the glove of Jefferson City Post 5 left fielder Dylan Brauner to end a Washington rally and allow Jefferson City to escape from the Zone 1 winners’ bracket championship game, 7-6.

“We really felt that if we could beat Jefferson City that we would be in control of the zone tournament,” Post 218 Manager Mike Gardner said. “We jumped on top but could really never put anything else together. They did not give up and kept coming back and eventually taking the lead.”

Helfrich had stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth and Washington on a two-run rally to cut its deficit to just one run.

Trent Leimkuehler led off third base with the potential tying run after reaching that spot on a triple. Matt Jones and Jack Kopmann, who walked against Post 5 reliever Collin Brinker, moved off second and first bases, respectively.

Gardner said he knew Helfrich would get a pitch to hit early in the count.

“We were looking for a fastball right down the middle,” Gardner said. “Brinker is a very good pitcher and I felt that he would be really tough to hit if Tony got behind in the count and after talking to the coach he would groove one early in the count so I felt like Tony needed to be ready to hit the first good fastball.”

Gardner felt Helfrich had a chance.

“We had a chance in the bottom of the ninth to win it and Tony put a good swing on his pitch but just got under it a little,” Gardner said.

The Post 218 rally fell just short, meaning that Washington would have to win another game Saturday evening to be able to stay in the tournament.

In the game, Post 218 took the early lead by pushing four runs across the plate in the bottom of the second. Jefferson City chipped back, scoring two in the third, one in the sixth and finally taking the lead with two runs in the top of the seventh inning.

Post 5 added two more insurance runs in the top of the eighth to go up, 7-4.

Washington’s final rally came up just short of victory.

For the game, Jones had two of Washington’s nine hits and also walked and scored a run.

Leimkuehler belted a triple, driving in one run.

Dilan Bollmann and Luke Hasenjaeger each singled and drove in two runs.

Noah Borgerding singled and scored.

Jack Kopmann singled, drew two walks and added a sacrifice.

Helfrich had one hit in the game. Grant Eckelkamp also singled. Sam Katzung had one hit as well.

On the mound, Brendan Feldmann started and suffered the loss, going 6.1 innings. He allowed five runs (one earned) on nine hits and one walk. He struck out four Post 5 batters.

Justin Schuler pitched 1.1 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on one hit and one walk. He struck out one.

Zach Pointer pitched the final 1.1 innings, striking out one batter.

For Post 5, Patrick Schnieders was the winning pitcher. Over 6.1 innings, he allowed four runs on six hits and two walks. He struck out two Post 218 batters.

Brinker went the final 2.2 innings and earned the save. He allowed two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out three.

Offensively, Corey Beard posted three hits, including a double. He scored once and added a stolen base.

Connor Hager had two hits for Post 5, including a triple. He scored twice.

Cole Distler had two hits with one run, two RBIs, a walk, a sacrifice fly and a sacrifice bunt.

Ending with one hit each for Jefferson City were Schnieders and Daniel Castillo. Schnieders also stole a base.

Nolan Bax added a sacrifice bunt.

Facing Jefferson City for the second time this season, Washington jumped out on top in the bottom of the second.

Jones led off with a single and moved up when Kopmann walked. Helfrich added a bunt single to load the bases.

Hasenjaeger followed with a two-run single to left. An error in left field allowed Helfrich to score and put Hasenjaeger on second.

With one out, Sam Katzung singled, moving Hasenjaeger to third. Eckelkamp followed with a walk.

Bollmann grounded into a fielder’s choice to score Hasenjaeger with the fourth run.

But after forcing Schnieders to throw 45 pitches in the inning (moving to 60 in the game), Post 218 went quickly in the next few innings. Schnieders got through the next two innings on nine pitches apiece. He needed 13 pitches in the fifth and nine in the sixth as he built up momentum.

“Our hitting in the zone tournament was really a reflection of some of our problems we had all year,” Gardner said. “Sometimes we took great at-bats and made the pitcher really work. Other times we would swing at the wrong pitches early in the count and get ourselves out. I think that was one are in our game that we could have been more consistent.

Meanwhile, Jefferson City remained patient against Feldmann. Post 5 scored twice in the third to cut Washington’s lead in half. Feldmann passed 100 pitches in the top of the sixth and came out after throwing 117 pitches in the seventh.

In the top of the seventh, Feldmann got the first out, but an error put Hager on base and Distler singled. Schnieders drove in Hager with a hit. After Schuler relieved, a sacrifice fly by Garrett Haslag brought home the go-ahead run.

Schnieders finally came out in the bottom of the seventh with Jefferson City holding a 5-4 lead.

Schuler lasted into the eighth, but Jefferson City added two more runs with an error making a huge contribution to that effort.

Brinker got through to the bottom of the ninth before Washington made its last push to win or force extra innings.


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 at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

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

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

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

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

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

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

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 vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

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