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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

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 vs. Daniel Boone Post 262, 5 p.m.

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 vs. Hannibal Post 55, 8 p.m.

Friday, July 25

G3 St. Charles Post 312 vs. G1 winner, 5 p.m.

G4 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 26

G5 G2 winner vs. G3 winner, 10 a.m.

G6 G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 4 p.m.

G7 G5 loser vs. G6 winner, 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — G5 winner vs. G7 winner, 1 p.m.

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 4 p.m.

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 Springfield Glendale vs. Jackson, 3 p.m.

G2 Sedalia vs. Eureka, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, June 25

G3 Washington vs. G1 winner, noon

G4 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 2:30 p.m.

G5 G2 winner vs. G3 winner, 5 p.m.

G6 G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 26

G7 G5 loser vs. G6 winner, 1 p.m.

G8 Championship — G5 winner vs. G7 winner, 3:30 p.m.

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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