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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

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West 13, Daniel Boone Post 262 8

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 11, Hannibal Post 55 2

Friday, July 25

G3 West 11, St. Charles Post 312 1

G4 Daniel Boone 10, Hannibal 2

Saturday, July 26

G5 Jefferson City 9, West 2

G6 St. Charles 11, Daniel Boone 10

G7 West 6, St. Charles 2

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — West 11, Jefferson City 0

G9 If-Needed Game — Jefferson City 14, West 12

Jefferson City advances to state tournament in Sedalia.

Senior Legion State Tournament

At Liberty Park, Sedalia

Thursday, July 31

G1 Jefferson City Post 5 11, Lee’s Summit Post 189 Aux. Outlaws 2

G2 Festus Post 253 9, Joplin Miners 2

Friday, Aug. 1

G3 Jefferson City vs. Festus, noon

G4 Lee’s Summit vs. Joplin, 3 p.m.

G5 G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 2

G6 Championship — G3 winner vs. G5 winner, 1 p.m.

G7 If-needed game — G6 winner vs. G6 loser, 4 p.m.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Jackson 3, Springfield Glendale 2

G2 Eureka 7, Sedalia 0

Friday, June 25

G3 Jackson 8, Washington 3

G4 Springfield Glendale 8, Sedalia 3

G5 Jackson 4, Eureka 2

G6 Washington 8, Springfield Glendale 0

Saturday, June 26

G7 Eureka 11, Washington 10 (9 innings)

G8 Championship — Jackson 7, Eureka 6

Jackson advances to Regional Tournament in Leavenworth, Kan.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian First

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    First

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

*Indicates League Games

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