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Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 12:45 pm

Having beaten West three times prior to Saturday’s Ninth District Tournament winners’ bracket final, the Washington Post 218 Seniors needed a fourth victory when it most counted Saturday at Westhoff Park in O’Fallon.

But West was prepared to grit it out on its home turf, surprising Post 218 in 10 innings, 6-5.

The game was the fourth meeting of the season between the two teams. Washington won the two Ninth District games and a semifinal in the Blue Springs Wood Bat Tournament.

“We had won the first three games against them, but they’re always going to be tough,” said Post Manager Mike Gardner. “They swung the bats pretty well.”

Saturday’s game was the fourth meeting and first one West won. West advanced to Sunday’s championship game while Post 218 had to go into the losers’ bracket.

“It’s unfortunate that we have to play (multiple games),” said Gardner. “We were in this position last year in zone and came back and won.”

Washington collected 13 hits and committed two errors in the defeat. However, Post 218 stranded 14 runners. West left 16 on base as both teams struggled to take advantage of opportunities.

“When you’re playing a good baseball team, it’s just one or two little things that can be the difference,” said Gardner. “We just needed that one big hit here or there.”

For much of the game, Post 218 looked like it would continue to dominate the season series.

Tony Helfrich scored Post 218’s first run in the bottom of the second. In the fourth, Sam Katzung and Grant Eckelkamp crossed home plate to make it 3-0.

Eckelkamp posted four hits in the game for Washington while scoring once and also drawing a walk.

West came back with five runs in the top of the sixth. Washington scored single runs in the seventh and eighth to tie it at 5-5.

Jack Kopmann helped force extra innings by scoring the tying run in the eighth. Washington again placed two runners on with one out but couldn’t push through the go-ahead run.

Locked in a 5-5 tie in the top of the 10th inning, Gardner brought in Trent Leimkuehler to relieve Jared Walde.

“Trent has got the capability of striking two batters out in a row,” said Gardner. “Jared had pitched great up to that point, but we thought we had a better chance of getting two strikeouts with Trent in there.”

West managed to punch through the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th.

Post 218 had two runners on base in the bottom of the 10th, but couldn’t score.

Washington made two errors in the game, but those mistakes came at crucial times.

“It seems like every once in a while we’ll try to do things too quick instead of just one thing at a time,” said Gardner. “You’ve got to stick with the basics in pressure situations.”

Brendan Feldmann started the game for Washington and lasted six innings. He allowed five runs (three earned) on 13 hits and two walks. He struck out six.

Walde, who was hurt in the Blue Springs Tournament, came back to toss 3.1 innings, allowing one run on two hits and one walk. He struck out two.

Walde was on the hook for the winning run in the 10th inning.

Leimkuehler pitched the final two outs, allowing one hit. He struck out one.

Austin Verschoore, Matt Morris and Danny Biggs pitched for West. Biggs earned the win, pitching the final 2.2 innings of scoreless ball.

Leimkuehler added three hits, including two doubles. He scored once, drove in two and was intentionally walked.

Katzung had two hits while scoring once and driving in one run.

Dilan Bollmann, Matt Jones and Noah Borgerding each had one hit and walked.

Helfrich had a hit and scored. Kopmann walked and scored.

Luke Hasenjaeger was hit by a pitch and added two sacrifices. Helfrich and Katzung also sacrificed.

Biggs also led West offensively with three hits while scoring two runs.

Kyle Case, Jordan White, Justin Fawcett, Ryan Franklin and Jake Dobson had two hits apiece.

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

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 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.

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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