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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 2:00 pm

The comeback outdueled the call-up.

Spencer Juergens, pitching for only the second time this season, threw a shutout to help the host Washington Post 218 Junior Legion team defeat Pacific Post 320 in the Ninth District Tournament championship game Saturday, 4-0.

“We played a good game today,” Post 218 Manager Phillip Kleekamp said. “It was a really tight game. One of our goals from the get-go was to win the regular season and the district tournament championship. Our guys came to play today.”

Pacific threw Austin Muich, who spent most of the season with the Post 320 Freshman Legion team, and he also went the distance.

“We played really well today,” said Pacific Manager Cory Cowsert. “I can’t complain how they competed. The only thing I have got to say is that we have got to do a better job of getting our bunts down. That was a big difference in the game. Washington came out and got their bunts down. We missed a lot of opportunities over the first four innings. Realistically, I think the scoreboard should be tied and we should still be playing.”

Washington (26-2) and Pacific (27-5) both return to Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field this week for the Zone 1 Tournament.

“You can’t ask for too much more than that. It’s still going to take a great effort,” Kleekamp said. “We have seen Hannibal and we’ve obviously seen Pacific. It’s nice to have it here at home and see everyone come out and support Post 218 baseball.”

Pacific will take on Jefferson City Post 5 Thursday at 8 p.m. while Washington will face the winner of the Chillicothe-Hannibal first-round game Friday at 5 p.m.

“I told our kids that no matter what happens, we’re in the zone,” said Cowsert. “It’s always nice to win, but go out, have fun and play baseball. I think they did. They’re upset they lost, but they know it’s not the end of the season.”

Juergens, who didn’t pitch most of the season due to an arm injury, went the distance while throwing for just the second time this season. He threw a two-hit shutout in his only other outing June 2 in a victory over West.

“Spencer Juergens pitched an outstanding ballgame,” Kleekamp said. “It was his first time pitching in about a month and a half. We didn’t know what we were going to get out of him. We were planning on keeping him at a little lower pitch count, but he kept saying he felt good and he wanted to go.”

In Saturday’s game, Juergens allowed four hits and two walks while hitting three batters. He needed 106 pitches to finish out the seven innings.

“Juergens pitched very well,” Cowsert said. “He filled it up. I told our kids to be patient and they did that. All we could do was try to get him out of there. We did all we could in the first few innings. Good teams make good plays and that’s what Washington did today.”

Muich stepped up to help Pacific’s pitching staff by going all six innings. He allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits and three walks. He struck out five batters.

“He pitched his butt off,” Cowsert said. “I can’t ask for anything more than that from him. He’s hard to hit because he hides the ball well and he’s got some movement on it.”

Muich was a double-rostered player who was on the Post 320 Freshman Legion team for most of the season.

“He played for them and got his at-bats in,” Cowsert said. “I told him that if he played for me, it probably would be on the mound. He’s a great pitcher. We saw that today. Even though he took the loss, he threw the ball well.”

Washington pushed a run across the plate in the bottom of the first inning and that held into the fifth.

Post 218 added three runs in the bottom of the fifth to gain some breathing room and then finished out the shutout.

“We definitely were playing for one run, but we got some guys on and got some hits,” Kleekamp said. “That’s what our team has been doing all year.”

For Washington, Seth Bollmann and Nathaniel Hillermann each had two hits in the game with two stolen bases and one run.

Aaron Meyer, Ryan Becszlko and Justin Baylard posted one hit each.

Meyer scored once, drove in one, stole a base and walked twice.

Becszlko drove in a run.

Baylard plated two runs with his hit.

John Himmelberg drew a walk and stole a base.

Ross Seitter stole a base and scored.

For Pacific, Tyler Gerling recorded two of the team’s four hits.

Drew Fonner and Ryan Ray also recorded hits.

Alex Rice and Ryan Vogelgesang drew walks. Rice was hit by pitches twice and Fonner also was struck by a pitch.

Vogelgesang stole a base.

Washington scored in the bottom of the first. Bollmann singled and stole second. With two outs, Becszlko hit a single and Bollmann scored.

In the fifth inning, Seitter led off by reaching on an error. He stole second and scored on a hit by Meyer. Hillermann then bunted and an error put runners on second and third.

Baylard singled to center to drive home both runs.

Pacific had chances. Six times, Post 320 put runners into scoring position, but couldn’t bring them home.

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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 St. Charles Post 312 vs. West, 5 p.m.

G4 Daniel Boone vs. Hannibal, 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 26

G5 Jefferson City 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 Jackson 3, Springfield Glendale 2

G2 Eureka 7, Sedalia 0

Friday, June 25

G3 Washington vs. Jackson, noon

G4 Springfield Glendale vs. Sedalia, 2:30 p.m.

G5 Eureka 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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