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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

Football

Friday, Sept. 19

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

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    7 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    7 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    7 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    7 p.m.

Ash Grove at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Brentwood    7 p.m.

*St. Charles West at Warrenton    7 p.m.

South Callaway at Wright City     7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Softball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Volleyball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

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

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

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

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

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

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

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

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

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

*Conference Games

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