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Posted: Friday, July 6, 2012 3:00 pm

Postseason baseball in the American Legion ranks has arrived.

The Ninth District Freshmen and Junior Tournaments both begin Saturday.

The entire Freshmen Tournament takes place at Ronsick Field in Washington.

The Junior Tournament will be played at various locations throughout the district. The championship game will be played at Ronsick Field.

Freshmen Tourney

The Freshmen Tournament starts Saturday and will end either Wednesday or Thursday, July 11 or 12, at Ronsick Field.

Washington Post 218 (31-1) is the top seed in the eight-team, double-elimination tournament.

“The key for us is we have to keep pitching better than our opponent. Each team seams to have one or two aces, so getting the first two wins is big and then we’ll see how our No. 3 pitcher matches up with the other team’s No. 3 pitcher,” said Post 218 Manager Kevin Juergens. “We have a couple of pitchers who we could throw the third game. Our plan is to throw Spencer Juergens our first game, then come back with Austin Finder on Sunday. Whether we win or lose, we still have Evan Ayers, Nate Hillermann or Logan Holdmeyer to pitch game three. Then we would be able to roll Spencer and Austin over to pitch game four and game five if needed.”

Pacific Post 320 (13-3) is seeded second.

“It takes four straight wins to win the tournament and we have our top four pitchers ready to go with Ryan Howell, Nick Hogan, Brett Mann and Drew Fonner,” said Post 320 Coach Cody Kelley. “I like our matchups with Elsberry and then either North or West. A really good game to watch could be in the second round between Washington and St. Peters or St. Charles. All of those teams have good pitching. It should be a fun tournament to watch.”

The North Knights are seeded third followed by St. Peters, St. Charles, West, Elsberry and Central.

The four first-round games will be played Saturday.

Washington takes on Central at 10 a.m. followed by St. Peters against St. Charles at 12:30 p.m., North against West at 3 p.m. and Pacific versus Elsberry at 5:30 p.m.

All eight teams return to action Sunday.

The loser’s bracket contests are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

The winner’s bracket semifinals take place at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Washington would play at 3 p.m. and Pacific would follow at 5:30 p.m. with victories Saturday.

The winner’s bracket final is scheduled for Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.

The championship contest takes place Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.

If a second championship game is needed, it will be played Thursday at 6 p.m.

“I think we have a chance to win this. Like any other team, we have to limit our mistakes and stay away from allowing big innings,” Juergens said. “Hopefully the baseball gods will be with us. There’s nothing wrong with having a little luck along the way.”

The winner of the district tournament advances to the Freshmen State Tournament July 18-22 in Branson.

Junior Tourney

The Junior Tournament begins Saturday and concludes Friday, July 13.

Washington Post 218 (26-5) is the top seed for the 11-team, double elimination event.

“We definitely have an advantage picking up the first seed. We will get to sit back an extra couple of days and save some pitching,” said Post 218 Manager Phillip Kleekamp. “Our squad has five or six solid starters, so we should have an advantage with our pitching staff, especially earning a first-round bye. The majority of the teams in the tournament have a legitimate chance of getting hot and making a run. There are not any easy games left.”

Elsberry is seeded second in the tournament followed by Daniel Boone, O’Fallon, West, St. Peters, St. Charles, Warrenton, North, Wentzville and Sullivan.

The top three seeds received first-round byes.

Warrenton opens the tournament against North Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Rec Plex in St. Peters.

Sullivan takes on St. Peters Saturday at 8:15 p.m. at the Rec Plex.

Post 218 opens against the Warrenton-North winner Sunday at 8 p.m. at Ronsick Field.

The winner’s bracket semifinals are scheduled for Tuesday. Post 218 would play at Westhoff Park in O’Fallon at 8:15 p.m.

The winner’s bracket final runs Wednesday at Westhoff Park at 7 p.m.

Ronsick Field hosts the championship game Friday, July 13, at 6 p.m. If needed, a second title game will be played at 8:30 p.m.

The winner of the district tournament will host the Zone Tournament July 19-22.

As the regular season district champion, Washington already has clinched a spot in the Zone Tournament. If Post 218 wins the district tournament, the second-place team in the regular season also will advance to the Zone Tournament.

“We are aware that we will get everyone’s best effort, so our guys have to come out ready to play every inning of every game. If you let any of these teams hang around, they can definitely come back and bite you,” Kleekamp said. “This is one of the toughest districts in the state. Every inning is important. Hopefully our bats can stay hot and the pitching will stay where it has been all season. If we play the way we have the last week or so, we definitely have a chance to make a lot of noise in the tournament.”


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