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Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013 6:00 pm

It was a back-and-forth game between Washington and St. Clair in Pool B action of the Four Rivers Baseball Classic Thursday at Ronsick Field.

In the end, the Blue Jays emerged in their season opener with a 7-6 victory over the Bulldogs.

Washington (1-0) can win the pool title and host the Saturday’s championship bracket with a win Friday at Festus. A loss means all three teams in the pool would be 1-1 and tiebreakers would come into play.

“We don’t want tiebreakers to determine where we play Saturday. We have to go to Festus and take care of business,” said Washington Head Coach Scott Bray. “We’ll see what happens. We know we have to clean things up and play a better game to come away with a win.”

St. Clair (1-3) still has a chance to win the pool, but needs help from Festus, a team the Bulldogs defeated earlier in the week, to at least have a chance.

“Our team has really progressed and we will continue to get better,” said St. Clair Head Coach Rob Hauck. “It’s still very early in the season and I’m very pleased with our effort and determination.”

The Bulldogs grabbed a 2-1 lead with a run in the top of the fifth inning, but the Blue Jays responded with five runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-2 advantage.

St. Clair tied the game 6-6 with four runs in the top of the sixth inning.

Again, the Blue Jays responded with a run in the bottom of the sixth to take a 7-6 lead and held on in the seventh.

“We preach to our guys that we have to make the routine plays,” Bray said. “We had some errors in the sixth inning and they got some hits. We came back with a big run in the bottom half to take the lead.”

Luke Hasenjaeger got the start on the mound for Washington for a no-decision. In 4.2 innings, he allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits with two walks, one hit batter and three strikeouts.

Pete Coulter and Andrew Sumner worked in relief. Sumner was credited with the win, working 1.2 frames. “Hasenjaeger again showed he’s the athlete we all know him to be,” Bray said. “We were looking for him to only go three innings, but he got out of the first inning with only eight pitches, so we extended him a little. He got tired in the fifth and we went to Coulter.”

Jake Oermann pitched the first 4.2 innings for St. Clair. He allowed six runs, three earned, on five hits with one walk, one hit batter and two strikeouts.

Greg Marler worked the final 1.2 frames and suffered the loss. He allowed one run on two hits with one hit batter and three strikeouts.

Dilan Bollmann collected two hits and three RBIs at the plate for Washington. Mike Reinhold also had two hits.

Brock Hopkins and Hasenjaeger both added one hit.

Brenden Murphy had two hits, a walk and three RBIs for St. Clair. Dylan Nappier also collected two hits.

Kody Halmich finished with one hit and two runs. Blake Dierking had one hit.

“We played a really hard, competitive game. Washington always is tough and we knew we would have to limit our mistakes in order to pick up the win,” Hauck said. “Our boys kept their heads up and continued to fight throughout the game. We ended up letting our mistakes catch up to us.”

St. Clair-Festus

St. Clair opened the tournament Tuesday with an 11-7 home victory over Festus.

“With cold weather like we had, I knew it would be hard for the team to stay focused, but I felt we gave everything we had throughout the game,” Hauck said. “Our boys put the weather in the back of their minds and played a great game.”

The Bulldogs scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back. They added one run in the second, three in the fourth and two in the sixth.

Festus scored three in the second, one in the fourth, two in the sixth and one in the seventh.

Murphy pitched all seven innings for St. Clair to earn the win. He allowed seven runs, four earned, on nine hits with three walks, two hit batters and four strikeouts.

“Our game plan going into the game was to stay focused on making plays for Murphy and putting the ball in play,” Hauck said. “Defensively, we made a few mistakes, but as the season goes on and we get more time on the field, I believe we will become more comfortable.”

Leading the Bulldogs’ 12-hit attack was Austin Gotway, who was 3-3 at the plate with two walks, two RBIs and one run.

Ben Fedderson belted a home run, finishing with two hits, one hit batsman, four RBIs and two runs.

Oermann collected two hits, two RBIs and two runs.

Dierking added two hits and one run.

Ayden Carey, Dylon Nappier and Halmich each had one hit.

“I have been very pleased with our hitters and their approach at the plate. It was a team win. Offensively, we could not have done it without Gotway and Fedderson,” Hauck said. “Murphy’s pitching performance was also a bright spot and we continue to build our confidence with him on the mound.”

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Area Scoreboard

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Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

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.

Wrestling

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

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