Post 218 Juniors Fall Short at State

Washington Post 218 catcher Justin Baylard waits for a throw home from left field while Andrew Olsen of Blue Springs Post 499 Fike heads to the plate for a run during the Junior Legion State Tournament Saturday in Joplin. Post 218 was eliminated by Fike, 7-1.

JOPLIN — The season came to an end Saturday for the Washington Post 218 Juniors.

Playing at the Junior Legion State Tournament at Joe Becker Stadium in Joplin, Post 218 lost to Blue Springs Post 499 Fike in a losers’ bracket contest, 7-1.

Washington (30-4) went 1-2 at the state tournament, opening with an 11-7 loss to Glendale, defeating Joplin 21-0 an suffering the season-ending setback to Fike.

Spencer Juergens got the start on the mound for Post 218 against Fike and suffered the loss. In five innings, he allowed seven runs, five earned, on 11 hits with no walks and five strikeouts.

Scott Byrne pitched a scoreless sixth inning.

The highlight of the game for Post 218 came in the bottom of the sixth inning, where it turned a triple play.

With runners at first and second bases with no outs and the hit-and-run on, Fike hit a line drive to shortstop Seth Bollmann, who made the catch for the first out, flipped the ball to second baseman Aaron Meyer for the second out, who then relayed it to first baseman Nate Hillermann to complete the triple play.

Fike grabbed a 3-0 lead with three runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back.

Andrew Olsen tossed all seven innings for the win.

Ross Seitter paced the Post 218 offense with two hits.

Fike came back and defeated Glendale Saturday in the losers’ bracket final, 11-0, in five innings.

Ste. Genevieve (25-1) and Fike (32-17) meet in the championship series Sunday starting at 10 a.m. Fike must defeat Ste. Genevieve twice to claim the state title.

More details about the Post 218 Juniors will appear in Wednesday’s Missourian.