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Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014 4:00 pm

Aaron Meyer tossed nine shutout innings Thursday as the Washington Post 218 Seniors opened Ninth District Tournament play with a 4-0 victory over Wentzville at the St. Peters Rec-Plex.

“Tonight, we had great pitching and played great defense,” Post 218 Coach Ben Cassat said. “Aaron Meyer pitched to contact and let his defense work behind him.”

Washington (26-10) plays Daniel Boone Post 262 (16-5) Friday at 8:30 p.m. in the winners’ bracket semifinals at Westhoff Park in O’Fallon.

The two teams split their regular season games, each winning at home. Daniel Boone’s win was shortened by weather. Post 262 nearly won the regular season title, but fell Tuesday to Elsberry to be seeded second.

The winner of that game gets either top-seeded West or St. Charles Post 312 in the winners’ bracket final Saturday at 1 p.m. That game also is at Westhoff Park.

Friday’s loser plays the winner of Friday’s game between Elsberry Post 226 and Pacific Post Saturday at 1 p.m. at the St. Peters Rec-Plex.

In Thursday’s win, Meyer was efficient on the hill, needing 108 pitches to go the complete game. Of those, 65 were strikes and 43 went over for balls. He put the ball over for a strike against 19 batters. He coaxed 15 groundouts and seven flyouts or popouts.

With both hurlers working fast, the game ended in one hour and 41 minutes.

Wentzville managed four hits, one walk and one hit batter against Meyer. The Washington hurler struck out two.

“Whenever you pitch to contact like that, it means the at-bats are pretty short,” Cassat said. “He realizes he doesn’t need to strike everyone out so we can have these quick games where he can go the distance. He’s a strong kid who has built up his stamina during the high school season and into the summer.”

Meyer had plenty of help from his defense, which turned three double plays in the game. Two came on groundouts and one came on a line drive.

The final double play ended the game with a grounder to Seth Bollmann going to Ryan Becszlko in the pivot at second and then over to Noah Borgerding.

That erased Wentzville’s biggest threat in the game as Post 323 had two runners on base at the time.

“I think Seth had six or eight assists and started two double plays,” Cassat said. “We rolled three double plays. All-around, it was a good defensive effort with good pitching and offensively, we did enough to win.”

Washington only had eight hits in the game, but managed to put together two innings worth of scoring.

Post 218 broke through for three runs in the third inning and added another marker in the seventh.

Pacing Post 218 offensively was Ryan Becszlko, who had three of the eight Washington hits. He doubled, added two singles, scored and drove in a run.

“He’s swinging the bat really well,” Cassat said. “He’s got a good approach going up to the plate. That first at-bat was the pitch he was looking for. Everyone feeds off of him. He’s a team favorite. The second half of the year he has been incredible. I can’t be more happy for him because everyone likes him so much. It’s nice to see him coming around and swinging the bat really well.”

Austin Finder had a single and drove in a run.

Noah Borgerding singled and scored.

Nathaniel Hillermann singled, scored and was hit by a pitch.

Spencer Juergens singled, walked and scored a run.

Ross Seitter singled and drove in one run.

Sam Katzung was hit by a pitch.

Post 218 only had one walk in the game against the pitching pair of Devin Pettit and Travis Krutil.

Pettit went 7.2 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, one walk and two hit batters. He fanned four.

Krutil got the final out, a strikeout, in the bottom of the eighth.

Offensively, Troy Lecroy led Wentzville in hitting with two singles.

Pettit and Duncan Whittington each had one single while Zach Petty was hit by a pitch.

Notes — Mike Gardner was away on business, so Cassat and the other coaches handled the strategy. It was Cassat’s birthday and the team presented him with a win over Wentzville.

When the teams played each other June 3 in Wentzville under similar circumstances, Post 323 won the game. Cassat was thrilled Washington, which won the home game later in the season, was able to notch the victory.

“We wanted to make sure there wasn’t a repeat of the first meeting,” Cassat said. “We spotted them runs early and kicked the ball around. We didn’t want to get into a hole again.”

Meyer was given the team’s Reggie Award for his performance, edging out Becszlko for the prize. The traveling trophy, which features a stuffed squirrel, was first given out at the Blue Springs Wood Bat Tournament and it’s become a badge of honor and something which has built camaraderie within the team since its first presentation.

In other tournament action, top seed West knocked off Pacific Post 320, 11-1.

No further information from that game was available as of press time.


Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge 80, Lutheran South 59

^Borgia 46, Washington 43 (OT)

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game — St. Clair vs. Northwest   2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation — Union vs. Hillsboro    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game — Washington vs. Lutheran South   5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship — Borgia vs. Rock Bridge    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union 66, Wentzville Liberty 31

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Lutheran South 55, Pacific 49

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — Holt 63, St. Clair 49

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington 61 Warrenton 50

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament


Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

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

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games