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Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 10:45 am

Washington was three outs away from reaching the championship game of the Class 4 District 4 Baseball Tournament, but couldn’t nail down the final out.

The sixth-seeded Blue Jays took a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning in the semifinals Monday night at Ballwin Athletic Association, but second-seeded Lafayette scored four runs in the frame to win the game, 6-5.

Lafayette (23-9-1) lost to top-seeded Parkway South (23-7) in the championship game Tuesday.

Eureka

Washington ended Eureka’s (19-7) season for the second time in the last three seasons Saturday at Eureka High School, 2-0.

Southpaw Jared Walde was in control throughout the contest to earn the win on the mound.

Walde pitched all seven innings for the shutout. He allowed five hits, two walks and hit one batter while registering four strikeouts.

“It’s by far the best game I’ve ever pitched. I wanted it so bad. No one thought we were going to win this game except our team,” Walde said. “I knew this was a big game and I needed to be ready. I looked them up and they’re all good hitters. I wanted to get them off-balance with my off-speed pitches. I was just trying to keep them off-balance and make them guess.”

Washington’s defense made plays behind Walde.

“Jared had command of all of his pitches. He worked inside and outside,” said Washington Head Coach Bray. “Jared, just like any other kid on our team, isn’t going to strike out eight, nine, 10 guys. We’re going to pitch to contact, hopefully avoid walks and let our defense play. This is a great field to play on, so there shouldn’t be any bad hops. We made every play we needed to.

“It was Jared Walde and our defense making plays. When they did get hits, we didn’t compound the problem with errors. Our kids made the plays they needed to make. That’s what we’ve been preaching to them all year.”

Walde also gave credit to WHS catcher Derek Walters.

“Derek and I have played baseball since we were in fourth grade, so we have great chemistry together,” Walde said. “I could have gone another inning if I needed to. Once the fifth inning started, I knew I was good. I knew I had enough in the tank to go all the way.”

The Blue Jays (11-13) scored single runs in the top of the fourth and fifth innings off Eureka lefty Adam Schnurbusch.

Mike McGilvray then laid down a squeeze bunt, which scored Brock Hopkins to make the score 1-0.

“We took a shot at it. Mike got something he could handle and got it down,” Bray said. “Hopkins took off at the right time. It just worked out for us.”

In the top of the fifth, Dilan Bollmann singled with two outs. Hopkins then hit a line drive to right field, which got past the right fielder and to the wall after a diving attempt, allowing Bollmann to score and Hopkins to reach on a triple.

“We didn’t dominate hitting the ball. But we got hits when we needed them,” Bray said. “I didn’t feel that two runs were going to be enough. After the sixth inning, I asked Jared how he felt. He said he wanted the seventh. He deserved it.”

Washington outhit Eureka, 6-5.

Hopkins (one triple) and Pete Coulter each finished with two hits. Hopkins added one RBI and one run.

Bollmann singled and scored. Luke Hasenjaeger added one hit. Dustin Howard was hit by a pitch. McGilvray had one RBI.

“One thing I can say about this group is all 20 kids who I have on this district roster are here for each other,” Bray said. “We haven’t had one problem with arguing or complaining. Everyone has accepted their role. They’re in it together.”

Lafayette

Lafayette rallied with four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to top Washington in the semifinals, 6-5.

“I thought we did everything we needed to do. I told the kids before the game that I’ve heard from four or five different coaches to not let the (Bill) DuPont kid beat you,” said Washington Head Coach Scott Bray. “With second and third, we decided to put him on base to have the force out anywhere. I don’t think there’s a coach who would go against that. His last at bat he hit it 398 feet. I think we had to put him on. From there, it just comes down to execution.”

Leading 5-3, the Blue Jays intentionally walked DuPont, the Lancers’ best hitter, to load the bases with two outs.

A walk followed by a balk tied the game, 5-5.

Lafayette then won the game on an RBI single by Nick Burdell.

Washington broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the top of the seventh inning.

Four consecutive singles by Howard, Walde, Coulter and McGilvray accounted for the three runs.

“The kids didn’t want one run. We wanted a crooked number,” Bray said. “That’s the thinking we’ve had for the past 10 games.”

Lafayette took a 2-0 lead with two runs in the bottom of the third inning.

Washington tied the game with single runs in the top of the fourth and fifth innings. Luke Hasenjaeger and Howard had RBI singles.

Hasenjaeger pitched the first five innings for the Blue Jays in a no-decision. He allowed two runs on seven hits with one walk and one strikeout.

Howard worked the final 1.2 frames. After striking out the side in the sixth inning, he ran into some control issues in the seventh. He allowed four runs on one hit with five walks (two intentional) and four strikeouts.

“I was expecting Luke to go three or four innings and he gave me five strong,” Bray said. “Dustin was the guy I wanted there. The guy has been coming in and closing games all year. That’s the guy I wanted. We had the situation we wanted with a three-run lead.”

Matt Goro pitched the first 6.2 innings for Lafayette. Eric Moser and Pate Williams pitched in relief.

Washington out hit Lafayette, 11-8.

McGilvray led the way with three hits (two doubles) and two RBIs.

Howard and Hasenjaeger both added two hits and one RBI. Hasenjaeger also walked.

Phil Straatmann, Hopkins, Walde and Coulter each had one hit. Coulter added one RBI. Walde also reached on an error and was hit by a pitch. Bollmann reached on an error twice.

“We lose four seniors. Those kids did a lot for us,” Bray said. “I think we’re starting to believe that these kids can play some ball.”

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Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Friday, Jan. 2

Sullivan at Washington    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

Community Christian at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    7:45 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

&Borgia vs. Lutheran N    TBA

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

%St. Charles vs. Bayless    6 p.m.

%Westminster vs. Washington    7:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

%Borgia vs. St. Clair    6 p.m.

#South Callaway vs. North Callaway    6 p.m.

#Hermann vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

%Francis Howell Central vs. Union    7:30 p.m.

#Montgomery Co vs. New Bloomfield    7:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

#South Callaway-North Callaway loser vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield loser    6 p.m.

#South Callaway-North Callaway winner vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield winner    6 p.m.

Bethel at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville loser vs. Harrisburg-New Haven loser    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville winner vs. Harrisburg-New Haven winner    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

%St. Charles-Bayless loser vs. Westminster-Washington loser    4 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair loser vs. Francis Howell Central-Union loser    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

%St. Charles-Bayless winner vs. Westminster-Washington winner    7 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    7 pm.

#Seventh-place game    7:30 p.m.

Consolation game    7:30 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair winner vs. Francis Howell Central-Union winner    8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

%Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3:30 p.m.

%Consolation game    4 p.m.

%Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

#Championship game    6:30 p.m.

%Championship game    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    6:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    7:30 p.m.

%Washington Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

Girls Basketball

Friday, Dec. 26

Seckman Tournament

Northwest 43, Mehlville 42

Festus 58, Patriettes 13

Seckman 36, Oakville 28

Pacific 73, Carnahan 38

Saturday, Dec. 27

Seckman Tournament

Mehlville 39, Patriettes 35

Oakville 73, Carnahan 38

Festus 47, Northwest 30

Pacific 51, Seckman 33

Monday, Dec. 29

Seckman Tournament

Seventh-place game—Carnahan vs. Patriettes    1:30 p.m.

Third-place game—Seckman vs. Northwest    1:30 p.m.

Consolation game—Oakville vs. Mehlville    3 p.m.

Championship game—Pacific vs. Festus   3 p.m.

Rolla Tournament

St. Clair vs. Waynesville    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Rolla Tournament

St. James-Sedalia loser vs. Waynesville-St.Clair loser    2 p.m.

St. James-Sedalia winner vs. Waynesville-St. Clair winner    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 31

Rolla Tournament

Consolation game    9 a.m.

Seventh-place game    9 a.m. at MS&T

Third-place game    12 p.m.

Championship game    3 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 2

Hermann at Washington    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Bourbon    6 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 5

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

*Holt at Washington    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    5:30 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at St. Clair    7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    5 p.m.

Park Hills Central at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Cuba at New Haven    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Ft. Zumwalt South at Washington    6 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    6:15 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Borgia vs. MICDS (St. Joseph’s Academy Shootout)    12:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

Lutheran South at St Clair    5:30 p.m.

Lindbergh at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

@Washington vs. Patriettes    5:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    6 p.m.

@Helias vs. Sullivan    7 p.m.

#North Callaway vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann vs. South Callaway    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Pacific at Ursuline    4:30 p.m.

Ft. Zumwalt East at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West vs. Union    5:30 p.m.

@Borgia vs. Eureka    7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

#Harrisburg-Russellville loser vs. North Callaway-New Haven loser    6 p.m.

#Harrisburg-Russellville winner vs. North Callaway-New Haven winner    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co loser vs. Hermann-South Callaway loser    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co winner vs. Hermann-South Callaway winner    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Bethel at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Northwest at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

@Washington-Patriettes loser vs. Helias-Sullivan loser    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union loser vs. Borgia-Eureka loser    7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

@Washington-Patriettes winner vs. Helias-Sullivan winner    5:30 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

#Seventh-place game    6 p.m.

#Consolation game    6 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union winner vs. Borgia-Eureka winner    7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

@Seventh-place game    1 p.m.

#Third-place game    2 p.m.

@Consolation game    2:30 p.m.

@Third-place game    4 p.m.

#Championship    5 p.m.

@Championship    5:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Union at Warrenton    6 p.m.

Montgomery Co at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    5 p.m.

Parkway West at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    6 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

@Union Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

Wrestling

Friday, Dec. 26

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 27

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Monday, Dec. 29

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Jan. 7

*Ft. Zumwalt South at Washington     6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Washington at Granite City    4:30 p.m.

Borgia at Hancock Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Union at Liberty Quad    5 p.m.

Washington at Warrenton    6 p.m.

*Sullivan at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

*Washington at Holt/Ft. Zumwalt East    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Westminster at Pacific    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

Union at Branson    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

Borgia at Owensville Tny    9 a.m.

Washington, Pacific at 141 Rumble    TBA

Union at Branson Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 20

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt North    6 p.m.

Union at Sullivan/St. James/Warrenton    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Borgia/Washington at MICDS    4:15 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 12

Borgia at DuBourg    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Washington at Clayton    4:15 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt West    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt East/Timberland    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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