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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2013 8:00 pm

Advantage, Washington.

Hosting the winners’ bracket final of the Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament Thursday, Washington Post 218 became the last undefeated team in the event with an 11-5 win over second-seeded Pacific.

“We started off a little shaky, but I was really pleased with the way our guys came back,” said Post 218 Manager Phillip Kleekamp. “We had a few miscues defensively but our guys came out and battled back. Once we put a few runs on the board, we relaxed and started seeing and hitting the ball well.”

Post 218 (25-2) now waits until Saturday’s championship series, which starts at 1 p.m. at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field.

“This was a great win,” Kleekamp said. “Pacific has a good team. We knew we would have to play a good game to beat them. After that first inning, we settled in and did a pretty good job.”

Pacific Post 320 (26-4) plays Friday night at 8:30 p.m. against the survivor of the Elsberry-O’Fallon 6 p.m. game. The winner of the 8:30 p.m. game gets a shot at Washington for the district title.

Post 218 already is guaranteed a spot in next week’s Zone 1 Tournament at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field by virtue of winning the Ninth District regular season title. There are two ways Pacific can get in as well.

Pacific can come back to win the district tournament. Or, if Washington would happen to win the district tournament, Pacific would advance to the Zone 1 event by virtue of having the second-best record in the league during the regular season.

And Post 320 has shown the capability to play with the district’s best. Pacific split district games with Washington this season and won the previous meeting at Ronsick Field.

“I hope this loss is a wake-up call. We’ll see how the guys handle it. I think we’ll come back and play better,” said Post 320 Manager Cory Cowsert. “Our guys are just worried about winning games. When they don’t win, they get down on themselves. They can’t do that. This is baseball. Everybody loses. We still have a lot to play for.”

Pacific does have the pitching depth to still make a run at the district title. To do that, it will have to win three straight games in two days.

“We still have (Tyler) Straatmann ready to go,” Cowsert said. “We have (Allen) Fitzgerald bouncing back. We have (Tyler) Gerling who can pitch. He’s a guy who can throw everybody off balance because he’s not overpowering.”

Each team started the winning pitcher from the previous meetings. Washington sent Aaron Meyer, winner of the game in Pacific, to the hill, while Pacific countered with Ryan Howell.

Pacific scored once in the top of the first inning, but Post 218 tied it in the bottom of the second.

Things got wild in the third. Pacific scored twice while Washington countered with five runs in the bottom of the inning.

Defensive issues helped the offenses in that frame. Overall, Washington made four errors in the game while Pacific committed three errors.

“We got out to the 3-1 lead and just decided not to play anymore,” Cowsert said.

Pacific cut the lead to 6-4 in the top of the fourth inning, but Washington scored two runs in the bottom of the frame and added three more in the bottom of the fifth.

Pacific scored its final run in the top of the seventh.

Meyer recorded the win by going the distance, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks. He struck out six.

“We played our game,” Kleekamp said. “I was really pleased with our effort overall. We got a great pitching performance by Aaron, who also hit the ball a ton. We got contributions up and down the lineup. To beat a good team like that, that’s what you need.”

Cowsert praised Meyer, who completed the game on 115 pitches.

“Aaron Meyer threw the ball really well,” Cowsert said. “We made him throw a lot of pitches in the third inning and scored some runs on him. In every other inning, we were swinging at the first couple of pitches.”

Howell went 3.2 innings, allowing eight runs (six earned) on eight hits and three walks. He struck out one.

Ryan Ray pitched the last 2.1 innings, allowing three runs on three hits. He struck out one batter.

“I told Ryan from the start that they were going to be patient at the plate. They made him throw strikes,” Cowsert said. “Instead of getting ahead in the count, he worked behind in the count, which didn’t get him anywhere.”

Two Washington batters, Justin Baylard and John Himmelberg, had three hits in the game.

Baylard had a double and two singles while scoring twice and driving in one run. He also stole a base.

Himmelberg posted three hits while scoring once and driving home two runs.

Seth Bollmann came up with two hits and scored one run.

Meyer helped his own cause with a triple. He also added a sacrifice fly while scoring twice and driving home two runs.

Ross Seitter had one hit, a sacrifice bunt and scored three runs.

Spencer Juergens had one hit, one run and an RBI.

Nathaniel Hillermann posted two sacrifices, a flyout and a bunt, while driving in two.

Ryan Becszlko put down a sacrifice bunt and was hit by a pitch. He drove in one.

Kyle Summers was hit by a pitch and scored.

“Our guys do the little things,” Kleekamp said. “Sometimes they get frustrated when they don’t get the hits. Ground balls, sacrifice flies or bunts do the job. If we get into a close game, we’ve got no problem with squeezing somebody home or hit the ball around the ballpark.”

Pacific was paced offensively by Howell, who recorded two singles and a run.

Alex Rice, Tyler Straatmann, Noah Brocato, Ryan Vogelgesang and Brendan McMillan each had one single.

Rice scored twice while Fitzgerald and Vogelgesang also crossed the plate. Straatmann drove in two runs while McMillan had one RBI.

Straatmann recorded a sacrifice fly.

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Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Friday, Jan. 2

Sullivan at Washington    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

Community Christian at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

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

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    7:45 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

&Borgia vs. Lutheran N    TBA

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

%St. Charles vs. Bayless    6 p.m.

%Westminster vs. Washington    7:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

%Borgia vs. St. Clair    6 p.m.

#South Callaway vs. North Callaway    6 p.m.

#Hermann vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

%Francis Howell Central vs. Union    7:30 p.m.

#Montgomery Co vs. New Bloomfield    7:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

#South Callaway-North Callaway loser vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield loser    6 p.m.

#South Callaway-North Callaway winner vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield winner    6 p.m.

Bethel at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville loser vs. Harrisburg-New Haven loser    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville winner vs. Harrisburg-New Haven winner    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

%St. Charles-Bayless loser vs. Westminster-Washington loser    4 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair loser vs. Francis Howell Central-Union loser    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

%St. Charles-Bayless winner vs. Westminster-Washington winner    7 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    7 pm.

#Seventh-place game    7:30 p.m.

Consolation game    7:30 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair winner vs. Francis Howell Central-Union winner    8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

%Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3:30 p.m.

%Consolation game    4 p.m.

%Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

#Championship game    6:30 p.m.

%Championship game    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    6:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    7:30 p.m.

%Washington Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

Girls Basketball

Friday, Dec. 26

Seckman Tournament

Mehlville vs. Northwest    noon

Festus vs. Patriettes    1:30 p.m.

Oakville vs. Seckman    3 p.m.

Pacific vs. Carnahan    4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 27

Seckman Tournament

Festus-Patriettes loser vs. Mehville-Northwest loser    noon

Pacific-Carnahan loser vs. Oakville-Seckman loser    1:30 p.m.

Festus-Patriettes winner vs. Mehville-Northwest winner    3 p.m.

Pacific-Carnahan winner vs. Oakville-Seckman winner    4:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 29

Seckman Tournament

Seventh-place game    1:30 p.m.

Third-place game    1:30 p.m.

Consolation game    3 p.m.

Championship game    3 p.m.

Rolla Tournament

St. Clair vs. Waynesville    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Rolla Tournament

St. James-Sedalia loser vs. Waynesville-St.Clair loser    2 p.m.

St. James-Sedalia winner vs. Waynesville-St. Clair winner    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 31

Rolla Tournament

Consolation game    9 a.m.

Seventh-place game    9 a.m. at MS&T

Third-place game    12 p.m.

Championship game    3 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 2

Hermann at Washington    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Bourbon    6 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 5

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

*Holt at Washington    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    5:30 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at St. Clair    7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    5 p.m.

Park Hills Central at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Cuba at New Haven    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

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

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    6:15 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Borgia vs. MICDS (St. Joseph’s Academy Shootout)    12:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

Lutheran South at St Clair    5:30 p.m.

Lindbergh at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

@Washington vs. Patriettes    5:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    6 p.m.

@Helias vs. Sullivan    7 p.m.

#North Callaway vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann vs. South Callaway    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Pacific at Ursuline    4:30 p.m.

Ft. Zumwalt East at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West vs. Union    5:30 p.m.

@Borgia vs. Eureka    7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

#Harrisburg-Russellville loser vs. North Callaway-New Haven loser    6 p.m.

#Harrisburg-Russellville winner vs. North Callaway-New Haven winner    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co loser vs. Hermann-South Callaway loser    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co winner vs. Hermann-South Callaway winner    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Bethel at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Northwest at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

@Washington-Patriettes loser vs. Helias-Sullivan loser    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union loser vs. Borgia-Eureka loser    7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

@Washington-Patriettes winner vs. Helias-Sullivan winner    5:30 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

#Seventh-place game    6 p.m.

#Consolation game    6 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union winner vs. Borgia-Eureka winner    7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

@Seventh-place game    1 p.m.

#Third-place game    2 p.m.

@Consolation game    2:30 p.m.

@Third-place game    4 p.m.

#Championship    5 p.m.

@Championship    5:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Union at Warrenton    6 p.m.

Montgomery Co at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    5 p.m.

Parkway West at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    6 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

@Union Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

Wrestling

Friday, Dec. 26

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 27

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Monday, Dec. 29

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Jan. 7

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

Thursday, Jan. 8

Washington at Granite City    4:30 p.m.

Borgia at Hancock Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Union at Liberty Quad    5 p.m.

Washington at Warrenton    6 p.m.

*Sullivan at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

*Washington at Holt/Ft. Zumwalt East    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Westminster at Pacific    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

Union at Branson    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

Borgia at Owensville Tny    9 a.m.

Washington, Pacific at 141 Rumble    TBA

Union at Branson Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 20

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

Union at Sullivan/St. James/Warrenton    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Borgia/Washington at MICDS    4:15 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 12

Borgia at DuBourg    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Washington at Clayton    4:15 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

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

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt East/Timberland    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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