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Posted: Friday, June 28, 2013 7:30 pm

For the second day in a row, the Washington Post 218 Junior Legion team pulled out a dramatic victory.

Following Monday’s extra-innings win at St. Peters, Post 218 rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh Tuesday to beat West, 5-4, in Ninth District action.

“It was nice picking up a win like that,” Post 218 Manager Phillip Kleekamp said. “I think we were a little worn down after a late one last night against St. Peters. Our kids really utilized a lot of effort. We were a little bit slow today but we got a break at the end, got a rally started and our kids did a great job.”

Post 218 also beat New Haven in a league game Wednesday, 13-3.

Washington improved to 20-2 overall and 17-1 in league games with the victories.

Post 218 continues its run to the playoffs with three more league games.

On Saturday, Hannibal comes to Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field for a doubleheader. The first game starts at noon.

Post 218 goes on the road Sunday to play at Elsberry with the first pitch scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Kleekamp indicated another game, a rainout last Sunday at Central, will not be made up.


Down to its final chance, the Washington Post 218 Junior Legion team came up with enough magic to earn the victory Tuesday night at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field, 5-4.

“I’m really pleased with the boys tonight,” Kleekamp said. “I know we weren’t at 100 percent tonight.”

Post 218 trailed West 4-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning. Washington took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the first, but West tied it in the top of the third.

Washington took the lead in the bottom of the fourth, 3-2, but West rallied for two runs in the top of the fifth. And that’s how it stayed until the bottom of the seventh.

Seth Bollmann led off the inning with a single to third base. Ross Seitter then put down a bunt and it was thrown away, moving runners to second and third.

Spencer Juergens hit a fly ball to center field and it was deep enough to bring Bollmann home. Seitter advanced to third on the play as well.

Kleekamp rolled the dice with Ryan Becszlko at the plate, getting a successful squeeze bunt to bring Seitter home and end the game with the victory.

“Spencer Juergens hit a big sacrifice fly,” Kleekamp said. “Ryan Becszlko did a great job on a squeeze play to pick up the win. That was a really clutch play by him at the end.”

Kleekamp said Washington wanted to go with the squeeze play.

“We even talked about going with back-to-back squeezes since we had second and third with no outs, but after Juergens put together a good at-bat and got one in, we knew we had two guys out there who we knew would get it done in Seitter and Becszlko. They did a great job executing to perfection. It’s nice to have that when you need it.”

Scott Byrne picked up the victory, tossing 1.2 innings of hitless relief. He allowed just one walk.

“Scott did a great job coming in and keeping us in the ballgame,” Kleekamp said.

Aaron Meyer started in the game and lasted 5.1 innings. He allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks. He struck out six.

“Aaron was a little disappointed,” Kleekamp said. “I know he would tell you he didn’t have his best stuff tonight. He kept us in the ballgame.”

Offensively, Becszlko led the way with two hits, one run and an RBI.

Jack Hoey doubled and added a walk and an RBI.

Bollmann, Seitter, Nathaniel Hillermann and Justin Baylard each singled.

Bollmann scored while Seitter scored twice and also walked.

Hillermann and Baylard each drove in a run.

Juergens had an RBI via sacrifice fly. Kyle Summers walked and scored a run. Nick Thiel sacrificed.

“We were down to our last drop of gas there,” Kleekamp said. “But we hung in there and did a great job. I’m really proud of the boys today.”

Connor Whalen took the loss for West. He went the distance, 6.1 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks. He struck out three.

Tyler Castle had two hits while Eric Teal doubled.

New Haven

Post 218 continued its run through the Ninth District Wednesday with a 13-3 win over New Haven in six innings.

“We came out a bit flat tonight spotting New Haven three runs in the first inning,” Kleekamp said. “However, we turned it around and were able to put up some runs to pick up the victory.”

Becszlko got the start on the hill for Post 218.

“Ryan Becszlko got the start for us and did a good job,” Kleekamp said. “After allowing a few runs in the first, he seemed to settle in a throw more consistently allowing our defense to do the majority of the work for him.”

Thiel followed him to the mound in the fifth inning.

“We only planned to pitch Ryan four innings at the maximum, so we went to Nick Thiel in the fifth inning,” Kleekamp said. “He also threw well keeping New Haven off of the board in his two innings of work.”

Kleekamp was pleased with the team’s offense.

“Overall, I thought we took a lot of good at-bats throughout the game,” Kleekamp said. “We were able to manufacture some runs as well as get a few big hits to plate our runs. We got a little bit away from our approach in the middle innings, but I was pleased with the effort.”


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 0

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.

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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