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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 7:00 pm

Taking two of three games this weekend, the Washington Post 218 Senior Legion team improved to 6-3 on the season and 5-0 within the Ninth District.

Washington’s league win came Friday against arch rival West, 12-2 in seven innings, at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field.

Post 218 followed up with a nonleague win over De Soto Saturday, 6-4. It was Washington’s first win outside the Ninth District so far this season.

Another district game Saturday against Sullivan was called off.

On Sunday, Post 218 fell to Eureka at home, 3-2.

This week, Post 218 visits St. Charles Tuesday in another key Ninth District game. First pitch at Blanchette Park is set for 7 p.m.

Washington hosts Daniel Boone Friday at 7 p.m. That will be a salute to Post 218’s championship teams. Washington has won five state titles in its history, recording championships in 1957, 1989, 2005 (Juniors) and 2012 (Seniors and Freshmen).

Members of the 1957 state championship team will be at the game to throw out a first pitch.

On Saturday, Washington plays in Alton, Ill., against Alton at 4 p.m. and Mattoon, Ill., at 6 p.m.

On Sunday, Post 218 hosts Elsberry in a Ninth District game at 6 p.m.


Washington’s biggest win came Friday in a 12-2 rout of West.

“We came out and played really well against West,” Post 218 Manager Mike Gardner said. “We took a lot of quality at-bats against a really good pitcher and it paid off. We had 12 hits that included five doubles and had more walks than strikeouts. It was our best overall game swinging the bat this year.”

Washington needed little time to jump on top in this game, scoring once in the bottom of the first, once in the second and five times in the third.

West scored its two runs in the fourth, but Washington scored three in the sixth and two in the seventh to finish it in seven innings.

Tony Helfrich went the distance on the hill, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits. He struck out seven batters.

“Tony gave us another great start on the mound, only giving up three hits,” Gardner said. “He really has learned how to pitch within the strike zone. His percentage of strikes in each game is consistently in the 67-70 percent range, right where you want it to be.”

Offensively, Jack Kopmann led the way with three hits, two runs, two RBIs and a walk. One of his hits was a double.

Dilan Bollmann had two hits, including a double, with one run and two RBIs.

Trent Leimkuehler doubled twice, scored once, drove in a run and walked.

Grant Eckelkamp, Matt Jones, Noah Borgerding (double), Luke Hasenjaeger and Ben Huffman each had one hit.

Hasenjaeger scored three times while Eckelkamp scored twice. Jones, Borgerding and Sam Katzung scored once.

Jones and Hasenjaeger drew walks. Katzung and Justin Schuler added sacrifices.

“It really was the kind of quality baseball that we expect to play on a consistent basis,” Gardner said.

Austin Verschoore had two of the three West hits. Ryan Franklin took the loss.

De Soto

Post 218 was supposed to play twice on Saturday, but Sullivan pulled out of a scheduled league contest, so Washington only played De Soto.

Post 218 scored three times in the first and once in the second. De Soto cut it to a one-run game in the third with three runs.

Washington added single runs in the fifth and sixth. De Soto scored once in the seventh.

“We had a tough time getting quality swings against the De Soto pitcher as he was conveniently wild,” Gardner said. “We realize that he was not trying to hit us, but it makes it tough to hit when you get six hit batters in the first few innings. Fortunately we were able to put up a few runs early and hang on for the victory.”

Zach Pointer went four innings to earn the win. He allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits and four walks. He struck out four.

“Zach Pointer looked great the first three innings,” Gardner said. “He lost his control a little in the fourth but worked through the issues and got out of the jam. I expect him to be even better his next time out.”

Tyler Murray picked up a save with three innings pitched. He allowed one run on two hits. He struck out three.

“Tyler Murray came in and really did a nice job the last three innings and close out the game,” said Gardner.

Offensively, Leimkuehler had half of Washington’s hits with two. He scored twice, drove in one, walked, was hit by a pitch and stole a base.

The other hits came from Helfrich and Borgerding. Helfrich drove in a run and walked. Borgerding scored and drove in a run.

Andrew Sumner scored twice and Eckelkamp crossed the plate once. Helfrich and Katzung drove in runs and walked.

Sumner was hit by two pitches while Eckelkamp, Borgerding and Todd Kleekamp also were hit by pitches.


Washington led for most of Sunday’s nonleague game against Eureka, but ended up losing, 3-2.

Post 218 scored in the third. Eureka tied it in the fifth, but Washington scored once in the bottom of the inning. Eureka scored twice in the sixth to take the lead for good.

“I thought our bats were a little slow and our hands were dropping a little bit, so we really did not take quality swings,” Gardner said.

Schuler, Jared Walde and Leimkuehler pitched for Washington.

Schuler absorbed the loss, going 5.2 innings. He allowed three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four.

“Justin Schuler started his first game on the mound and looked good the first five innings,” Gardner said. “He lost his control a little in the fifth inning hitting a couple of batters and it cost us in the end. I know that Justin will be better his next time out. We will need him and Zach as the season goes on and we play more games.”

Walde got through the rest of the sixth with no additional damage.

Leimkuehler pitched the seventh, striking out one.

Offensively, Washington was held to singles by Tyler Tuepker, Leimkuehler and Borgerding.

Tuepker and Leimkuehler scored runs. Borgerding had the only RBI.

Jones walked twice while Tuepker, Leimkuehler and Helfrich each walked once.

Leimkuehler stole two bases and Tuepker stole one.

Bollmann added a sacrifice.

Donnie Lucas was the winning pitcher for Eureka, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and five walks. He struck out five.

Austin Tinsley had two of Eureka’s six hits. He scored once and drove in one run.


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