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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, Sept. 19

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

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    7 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    7 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    7 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    7 p.m.

Ash Grove at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Brentwood    7 p.m.

*St. Charles West at Warrenton    7 p.m.

South Callaway at Wright City     7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

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, 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


Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

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

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

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

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

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

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

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

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

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

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

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

*Conference Games

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