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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

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge 80, Lutheran South 59

^Borgia 46, Washington 43 (OT)

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game — St. Clair vs. Northwest   2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation — Union vs. Hillsboro    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game — Washington vs. Lutheran South   5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship — Borgia vs. Rock Bridge    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union 66, Wentzville Liberty 31

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Lutheran South 55, Pacific 49

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — Holt 63, St. Clair 49

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington 61 Warrenton 50

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament


Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

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

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games