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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

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West 13, Daniel Boone Post 262 8

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 11, Hannibal Post 55 2

Friday, July 25

G3 West 11, St. Charles Post 312 1

G4 Daniel Boone 10, Hannibal 2

Saturday, July 26

G5 Jefferson City 9, West 2

G6 St. Charles 11, Daniel Boone 0

G7 West 6, St. Charles 2

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — West 11, Jefferson City 0

G9 If-Needed Game — Jefferson City 14, West 12

Jefferson City advances to state tournament in Sedalia.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Jackson 3, Springfield Glendale 2

G2 Eureka 7, Sedalia 0

Friday, June 25

G3 Jackson 8, Washington 3

G4 Springfield Glendale 8, Sedalia 3

G5 Jackson 4, Eureka 2

G6 Washington 8, Springfield Glendale 0

Saturday, June 26

G7 Eureka 11, Washington 10 (9 innings)

G8 Championship — Jackson 7, Eureka 6

Jackson advances to Regional Tournament in Leavenworth, Kan.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian First

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    First

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

*Indicates League Games

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