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Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 2:45 pm

With Ninth District games starting Wednesday, Washington Post 218 Senior Legion Manager Mike Gardner didn’t have an extended preseason to see what his team has to offer.

“In all it was a good start to the year getting the win and getting most of the roster into the game,” Gardner said.

Washington played its only nonleague game prior to the start of district games Monday at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field, edging House Springs Post 783 of the 13th District, 4-3.

Brendan Feldmann earned the victory for Washington while throwing in relief. Matt Jones picked up his first Senior Legion save for Post 218 by throwing a scoreless seventh inning.

Gardner used three pitchers to get through the first six innings, but Washington didn’t take the lead until Feldmann’s stint.

House Springs scored first, putting two runs on the board in the top of the third inning. Washington scored three times in the bottom of the fourth. Post 783 tied the game in the top of the fifth, but Washington took the lead for good in the bottom of the frame.

Brendan Kleekamp, Washington’s most effective pitcher at the end of 2011, got the start for Washington. He pitched two hitless innings while striking out one.

Zach Pointer, promoted this year from the Junior Legion team, pitched the next two innings. He allowed two runs on five hits while striking out two.

Feldmann pitched the next two innings, allowing one run on four hits. He struck out three.

Jones pitched the seventh, allowing one hit, but getting the save.

“Brendan Kleekamp started on the mound and pitched a very sold two innings,” Gardner said. “Zach Pointer followed with two innings of work and was effective when he worked down in the strike zone. Brendan Feldmann gave us two good innings. Matt Jones pitched an uneventful seventh inning to get the save.”

Ricky Knight pitched all six innings for House Springs, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks. He fanned four Washington batters.

Offensively, House Springs outhit Post 218, 10-5.

“We also need to have better at bats,” Gardner said. “It seemed that we were aggressive on the wrong pitches. We will be working on correcting this so we have more quality at-bats.”

Post 783 left eight runners on base to five for Washington. Neither team was sharp defensively. Washington made five errors in the game while House Springs committed three errors.

“Our defense could have been better and it will need to get better in order for us to complete at the top level of our district,” said Gardner.

Trent Leimkuehler led Post 218 with two hits, including Washington’s only extra-base hit, a double. Sam Deschenes, serving as a courtesy runner, scored twice in Leimkuehler’s spot. Deschenes also was hit by a pitch.

Jones had one hit, scored a run and drove in two. He had a sacrifice fly as well.

Noah Borgerding singled, scored a run and drove in one.

Jack Kopmann had Washington’s other hit and stole two bases.

Grant Eckelkamp also stole a base. Austin Rettke walked.

“Trent Leimkuehler, Matt Jones, and Noah Borgerding all

were solid at the plate, but we will need more out of the rest of the lineup in order to be successful this year,” Gardner said.

For House Springs, Jake Brooks led the way with three hits and two RBIs.

Clint Grobeling, Riley Blyzes and Garrett Anderson each had two hits. Brenden Murphy ended with one hit.

Murphy and Austin Gotway of St. Clair started for House Springs. Gotway led off and played shortstop while Murphy batted second and played second base.

Murphy had one run and an RBI to go with his hit. Gotway was hit by a pitch while Blyzes, Anderson and Brooks each doubled. Blyzes also stole a base.

House Springs took the lead in the third. Blyzes singled, advanced on an error, stole third and scored on a hit by Murphy.

Murphy advanced on a hit by Grobeling and scored on another hit by Brooks.

In Washington’s fourth inning, Leimkuehler started things with a double. Deschenes ran and took third on a wild pitch and scored on a hit by Jones. Jones came around and ended up scoring on an error. Borgerding reached on that error and scored on another error. All three House Springs errors came in that inning.

In the fifth, Grobeling singled, moved to second on an error and scored on a double by Brooks to tie it.

In the bottom of the fifth, Deschenes was hit by a pitch, moved to third on miscues between the pitcher and catcher, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jones.

Post 218 jumps right into Ninth District action this week. Elsberry visits Post 218 Wednesday at 7 p.m. Washington then hosts St. Peters Friday at 8:30 p.m. and West Sunday at 6 p.m.

The district schedule is a little different this year. With fewer teams, district teams will play each other twice, which is a bit different than last year, meaning there will be 16 league games this season.


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games