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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

Boys Basketball

Friday, Jan. 2

Sullivan at Washington    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

Community Christian at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    7:45 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

&Borgia vs. Lutheran N    TBA

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

%St. Charles vs. Bayless    6 p.m.

%Westminster vs. Washington    7:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

%Borgia vs. St. Clair    6 p.m.

#South Callaway vs. North Callaway    6 p.m.

#Hermann vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

%Francis Howell Central vs. Union    7:30 p.m.

#Montgomery Co vs. New Bloomfield    7:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

#South Callaway-North Callaway loser vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield loser    6 p.m.

#South Callaway-North Callaway winner vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield winner    6 p.m.

Bethel at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville loser vs. Harrisburg-New Haven loser    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville winner vs. Harrisburg-New Haven winner    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

%St. Charles-Bayless loser vs. Westminster-Washington loser    4 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair loser vs. Francis Howell Central-Union loser    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

%St. Charles-Bayless winner vs. Westminster-Washington winner    7 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    7 pm.

#Seventh-place game    7:30 p.m.

Consolation game    7:30 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair winner vs. Francis Howell Central-Union winner    8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

%Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3:30 p.m.

%Consolation game    4 p.m.

%Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

#Championship game    6:30 p.m.

%Championship game    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    6:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    7:30 p.m.

%Washington Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

Girls Basketball

Friday, Dec. 26

Seckman Tournament

Northwest 43, Mehlville 42

Festus 58, Patriettes 13

Seckman 36, Oakville 28

Pacific 73, Carnahan 38

Saturday, Dec. 27

Seckman Tournament

Mehlville 39, Patriettes 35

Oakville 73, Carnahan 38

Festus 47, Northwest 30

Pacific 51, Seckman 33

Monday, Dec. 29

Seckman Tournament

Seventh-place game—Carnahan vs. Patriettes    1:30 p.m.

Third-place game—Seckman vs. Northwest    1:30 p.m.

Consolation game—Oakville vs. Mehlville    3 p.m.

Championship game—Pacific vs. Festus   3 p.m.

Rolla Tournament

St. Clair vs. Waynesville    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Rolla Tournament

St. James-Sedalia loser vs. Waynesville-St.Clair loser    2 p.m.

St. James-Sedalia winner vs. Waynesville-St. Clair winner    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 31

Rolla Tournament

Consolation game    9 a.m.

Seventh-place game    9 a.m. at MS&T

Third-place game    12 p.m.

Championship game    3 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 2

Hermann at Washington    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Bourbon    6 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 5

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

*Holt at Washington    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    5:30 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at St. Clair    7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    5 p.m.

Park Hills Central at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Cuba at New Haven    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Ft. Zumwalt South at Washington    6 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    6:15 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Borgia vs. MICDS (St. Joseph’s Academy Shootout)    12:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

Lutheran South at St Clair    5:30 p.m.

Lindbergh at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

@Washington vs. Patriettes    5:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    6 p.m.

@Helias vs. Sullivan    7 p.m.

#North Callaway vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann vs. South Callaway    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Pacific at Ursuline    4:30 p.m.

Ft. Zumwalt East at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West vs. Union    5:30 p.m.

@Borgia vs. Eureka    7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

#Harrisburg-Russellville loser vs. North Callaway-New Haven loser    6 p.m.

#Harrisburg-Russellville winner vs. North Callaway-New Haven winner    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co loser vs. Hermann-South Callaway loser    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co winner vs. Hermann-South Callaway winner    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Bethel at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Northwest at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

@Washington-Patriettes loser vs. Helias-Sullivan loser    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union loser vs. Borgia-Eureka loser    7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

@Washington-Patriettes winner vs. Helias-Sullivan winner    5:30 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

#Seventh-place game    6 p.m.

#Consolation game    6 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union winner vs. Borgia-Eureka winner    7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

@Seventh-place game    1 p.m.

#Third-place game    2 p.m.

@Consolation game    2:30 p.m.

@Third-place game    4 p.m.

#Championship    5 p.m.

@Championship    5:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Union at Warrenton    6 p.m.

Montgomery Co at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    5 p.m.

Parkway West at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    6 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

@Union Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament


Friday, Dec. 26

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 27

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Monday, Dec. 29

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Jan. 7

*Ft. Zumwalt South at Washington     6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Washington at Granite City    4:30 p.m.

Borgia at Hancock Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Union at Liberty Quad    5 p.m.

Washington at Warrenton    6 p.m.

*Sullivan at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

*Washington at Holt/Ft. Zumwalt East    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Westminster at Pacific    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

Union at Branson    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

Borgia at Owensville Tny    9 a.m.

Washington, Pacific at 141 Rumble    TBA

Union at Branson Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 20

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt North    6 p.m.

Union at Sullivan/St. James/Warrenton    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Borgia/Washington at MICDS    4:15 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 12

Borgia at DuBourg    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Washington at Clayton    4:15 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt West    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt East/Timberland    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games