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Posted: Saturday, July 28, 2012 4:09 pm | Updated: 8:19 am, Mon Jul 30, 2012.

Taking advantage of second chances, St. Charles Post 312 emerged as the last undefeated team in the Senior Legion Zone 1 Tournament Saturday in Washington.

Post 312 rallied from a three-run deficit to knock off Washington Post 218 in the winners' bracket final at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field.

Now, St. Charles can sit back until Sunday's 11 a.m. championship game knowing that whichever team emerges from a the remaining three left in the event will have to win twice to take away the zone's spot in the state tournament in Sedalia.

Post 218 plays at 7 p.m. Saturday against the winner of the day's second game between Jefferson City Post 5 and Moberly Post 6.

Post 312 has taken advantage of its second chances in the postseason. After losing to West in the Ninth District North Division playoffs, St. Charles earned the league's third zone berth as the team with the best regular season league record not qualified.

St. Charles took advantage of its second chance to beat one of the Zone Tournament favorites, West, in the opening round, 4-3. Playing a second game, Post 312 beat Moberly before posting its biggest win of the event Saturday afternoon.

Sam Melliere threw 125 pitches while allowing 10 hits and one walk and striking out one, but he earned the victory over Washington.

St. Charles had difficulty doing anything against Post 218 starter Cody Gardner for seven innings. Gardner came out in the eighth and was tagged with the loss. In 7.1 innings, he allowed four runs (one earned) on five hits and one walk. He struck out five.

Washington took the lead in the game during the third inning when Grant Eckelkamp scored on a hit by Trent Leimkuehler. Both Eckelkamp and Leimkuehler scored on a double by Mike McGilvray in the top of the eighth to make it 3-0.

The way the game had been going, a 3-0 lead might as well have been a 30-0 lead. But St. Charles dug down and its never-say-die attitude paid off and Post 218 made the mistakes to give St. Charles the window it needed.

Sam Chambers led off with a single. With one out, Connor Brett singled. Michael Pundmann struck out but the runners advance when the third strike eluded Post 218's catcher.

St. Charles loaded the bases on another fielding miscue as a throw was dropped at second base on a force play. 

After that, Gardner was relieved by Matt Jones, who had earned the save Thursday in the 1-0 win over Jefferson City.

With two outs, St. Charles took advantage of a second chance as a foul ball narrowly missed being caught. Andrew Holdgreive hit a two-strike pitch on the ground to second base. The tying run scored when the ball was bobbled. A go-ahead run scored when Post 218 threw the ball to third trying to get an out there. Leimkuehler threw Holtgreive out at second to end the inning.

Post 218 opened the top of the ninth with a walk by Dustin Howard and a pop single into right field by Jack Kopmann.

But Eckelkamp lined out to Holtgreive at first and he dove to tag the bag before Kopmann could get back to end the game.


Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Northwest vs. Hillsboro   5:30 p.m.

~Chamois vs. New Haven    6 p.m.

~Warrenton vs. Wright City    6 p.m.

^Union vs. St. Clair    7 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Montgomery Co    7:30 p.m.

~Owensville vs. St. James    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Washington    7 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

%Washington Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific vs. Union    4 p.m.

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Wentzvillr Liberty vs. Lutheran South     5:30 p.m.

~Owensville vs. New Haven    6 p.m.

^Holt vs. Warrenton    7 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Chamois    7:30 p.m.

^Washington vs. St. Clair    8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Borgia at Notre Dame    6:45 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game    4 p.m.

~Consolation    5 p.m.

^Consolation    5:30 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game    6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game    7 p.m.

~Championship    8 p.m.

^Championship    8:30 p.m.

@Union Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament


Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Union at Farmington/Summit    5 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James/Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Washington at Seckman    6 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    TBA

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at Potosi/Festus    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

*Conference Games