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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.


Area Scoreboard


Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton at Washington    7 p.m.

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Sullivan at Union    7 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    7 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    7 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    7 p.m.

*Montgomery Co at Wright City    7 p.m.


Monday, Sept. 1

Hermann at Warrenton    4 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 2

*Union at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 3

*Duchesne at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Windsor    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 4

*Rosati-Kain at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

Lutheran S at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*New Haven at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*Sullivan at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 6

Owensville Tny    TBA

St. Clair at Potosi Tny    TBA

Sullivan at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 8

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Windsor    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Van-Far    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Union    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*New Haven at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Borgia at Trinity    4:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Sept. 2

*Borgia at St. Dominic    5:30 p.m.

Mehlville at Union    5:30 p.m.

Eureka at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Hermann at Father Tolton    5:30 p.m.

Waynesville at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Belle at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Rolla at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Pacific at Washington    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 4

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washington    5 p.m.

Hermann at Fatima    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Bourbon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    5:30 p.m.

Union at North County    6 p.m.

Montgomery Co at New Haven    6 p.m.

Incarnate Word at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 5

Sullivan at Whitfield    5 p.m.

#ECC vs. Labette    5 p.m.

Patriette Lights at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

#ECC vs. Pratt    7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 6

Borgia Tournament    8:30 a.m.

Owensville at Fulton Tny    8:30 a.m.

#ECC vs. Independence    9 a.m.

#ECC vs. Southeast    1 p.m.

St. Clair, Pacific, Sullivan at North County Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 8

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Fox at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Hillsboro at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Tolton at New Haven    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Pacific at Rockwood Summit    4:15 p.m.

Crosspoint at Rivers of Life    5 p.m.

Washington at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Montgomery Co at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Belle    5:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Kingston    6 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Community Christian    6 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

*ECC at Mineral Area    6:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 2

*Jefferson at ECC    4 p.m.

St. James at Laquey    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Fatima    5 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Pacific Tournament    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Fulton SA at Barat    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Pacific Tournament    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 4

ECC at Maple Woods    4 p.m.

North County at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    4:30 p.m.

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washington    5 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Pacific Tournament    TBA

Friday, Sept. 5

Jefferson City Lightning at Crosspoint    5 p.m.

Fulton SA at Tolton    5 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Pacific Tournament    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 6

St. Charles at Washington    11 a.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Pacific Tournament    TBA

Sunday, Sept. 7

ECC at Blue River    noon

Monday, Sept. 8

Christian Academy at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Pacific at Washington    5 p.m.

*Sullivan at St. James    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Sullivan at Valley Park    4 p.m.

*ECC at St. Charles    4 p.m.

Crosspoint at St. Louis United A    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Union    5 p.m.

St. Clair at Belle    5 p.m.

Mehlville at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at Duchesne    6:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Warrenton    5 p.m.

Cross Country

Saturday, Sept. 6

New Haven Short Course    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at SLUH Inv    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Sullivan Invitational    4 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

Pacific, Sullivan at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13

Forest Park Inv    9 a.m.

New Haven, Hermann, Owensville at Linn Inv    9 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 15

St. James at Bourbon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 2

Borgia at Westminster    4 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Borgia at Washington    3 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 4

*Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    3:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 5

Washington at Troy Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 8

Washington at Timberland    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

*O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Troy    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Friday, Sept. 5

Washington at Oakville/CBC    4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Kennedy    5:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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