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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:45 pm | Updated: 1:29 pm, Wed May 15, 2013.

It’s American Legion baseball time once again.

The Washington Post 218 Freshman Legion team is scheduled to start the season this week with its annual season-opening home tournament at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field.

Quite a bit has changed with the Post 218 squad since it won the Freshman Legion state title last July in Branson.

Jordan Bierbaum is taking over as manager this summer and he’s thrilled with his coaching staff.

“Being my first year as manager of the freshman team, I am glad to say that Kevin Juergens, Scott Forrester and Phil Mallinckrodt, whom all have years of coaching knowledge, will be with me this year,” Bierbaum said. “Kevin lead the Freshman team to a state tournament title in Branson last year and we look forward to giving it a go again this year.”

Two players are back from that team. Gus Kleekamp and Kody Halmich are the returning players.

“We have what seems to be a great nucleus of players this year,” said Bierbaum. “Two players, Gus Kleekamp and Kody Halmich are the only players back from the previous year. That means the team will lean on their shoulders to learn how to play Washington Legion baseball. I am sure they will play a big role in our success.”

The rest of the team is new to the Legion program.

“We have a lot of new faces on the team this year,” Bierbaum said. “However, I feel the talent is there to make for a good season. They say pitching and defense is the key to winning and that will be no different for this team. If we are to have success we must do the little things right on a consistent basis. It’s my job to get us to that level of play, and I look forward to the challenge.”

New to the program are Blake Pickard, Chris Schweissguth, Cody Smith, Daniel Diener, Garrett Leimkuehler, Jace Backs, James Dyson, Jeremy Monehan, Joseph Grant, Justin Repp, Kolby Lang, Nik Alferman, Trey Hunter, Tyler Miller, William Davis and Zach Marquart.

“We have some question marks as well,” Bierbaum said. “With the rain this spring, it’s been tough to really get a good feel for the players on the team and what they can do. Since we can not practice with the team until they finish high school ball, I feel like we are starting in a tough position.”

Tournament

The six-team event starts Thursday with pool play.

Washington is in Pool A along with Creve Coeur and De Soto. The other pool consists of Ballwin, Jackson and Elsberry.

Post 218 will open the tournament Friday at 6 p.m. against De Soto. The 8:30 p.m. game will be Ballwin against Elsberry.

On Saturday, Creve Coeur plays De Soto at 11 a.m. Ballwin follows against Jackson at 1:30 p.m.

Washington will play Creve Coeur at 4 p.m. and Jackson meets Elsberry at 6:30 p.m.

On Sunday, the consolation game between third-place teams from each pool starts the action at 1 p.m.

The Pool A winner then plays the Pool B runner-up at 3:30 p.m. The second semifinal, between the Pool B winner and the Pool A runner-up, follows at 6 p.m.

The tournament concludes Tuesday, May 21.

The third-place game starts at 6 p.m. with the championship contest at 8:30 p.m.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Oct. 3

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

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    7 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    7 p.m.

*Hermann at St. Clair    7 p.m.

Festus at Pacific    7 p.m.

*Sullivan at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Lincoln    7 p.m.

*Warrenton at Winfield    7 p.m.

*Wright City at Van-Far    7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 26

Union 54, Washington 14

*Borgia 45, Duchesne 7

*St. Clair 57, St. James 55 (2 OT)

*Pacific 40, Owensville 34

*Hermann 24, Sullivan 12

Cuba 74, Liberty Wentzville 7

Parkway West 20, Warrenton 7

Mark Twain 32, Wright City 18

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

Softball

Wednesday, Oct. 1

*Washington at Holt    4:30 p.m.

De Soto at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Affton    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Steelville    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

Owensville at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Union at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Cuba at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Rockwood Summit at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Rolla    4:30 p.m.

Father Tolton at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Crocker    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Belle at New Haven    5 p.m.

Pacific, Sullivan at Rolla Tny    TBA

Saturday, Oct. 4

Pacific, Sullivan at Rolla Tny    TBA

Monday, Oct. 6

Hermann at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Union at Washington    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Festus    4:30 p.m.

Linn at New Haven    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

*Borgia at St. Dominic    4:30 p.m.

District Tournaments

Class 4 District 4

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(5) Rolla at (4) Northwest, 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9

Rolla-Northwest winner at (1) Lafayette, 4:15 p.m.

(3) Washington at (2) Eureka, 4:15 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10

Championship, Eureka, 4:15 p.m.

Class 3 District 7

At St. Dominic

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Borgia vs. (5) Wentzville Liberty, 2:30 p.m.

(3) Winfield vs. (6) O’Fallon Christian, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9

(1) St. Dominic vs. Borgia-Liberty winner, 2:30 p.m.

(2) Warrenton vs. Winfield-O’Fallon Christian winner, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10

Championship, 4 p.m.

Volleyball

Wednesday, Oct. 1

Hillsboro at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    5 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    5 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Missouri Baptist JV at ECC    3 p.m.

Lewis & Clark at ECC    7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Indian Hills at ECC    9 a.m.

^Southwestern Illinois at ECC    1 p.m.

St. Clair Tny    TBA

Hermann at Lebanon Tny    TBA

Crosspoint at MAC Tournament    TBA

Monday, Oct. 6

New Haven at Linn    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    5:30 p.m.

Hazelwood West at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Helias at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Blair Oaks    5:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

*Washington at Holt    5 p.m.

*St.Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

*Owensville at Union    5:30 p.m.

*New Haven at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Sullivan at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

*Mineral Area at ECC    6:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Wednesday, Oct. 1

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Columbia Independent at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Union    5 p.m.

Sullivan at North County    5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Lincoln at ECC    4 p.m.

Calvary Lutheran at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Heritage    5 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 5

Lincolnland at ECC    1 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 6

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Tuesday, Oct. 7

#St. Louis United B at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

*Thomas Jefferson at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    5 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:15 p.m.

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Wednesday, Oct. 8

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Cross Country

Wednesday, Oct. 1

St. James Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Washington at Parkway West Inv    9 a.m.

Pacific at Potosi Inv    11 a.m.

Borgia, Union Capital City Challenge    TBA

Tuesday, Oct. 7

Hermann Inv    4 p.m.

St. Clair, St. James at Cuba Inv    4 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Boys Swimming

Monday, Sept. 29

Wednesday, Oct. 1

*Borgia at Lutheran SC/Christian    TBA

Saturday, Oct. 4

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N Inv    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

Washington at CBC    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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