Staying perfect in Ninth District action, the Washington Post 218 Freshman Legion team rolled past St. Peters on the road Monday night, 11-1.
“Just overall an awesome way to bounce back against a district opponent,” Post 218 Manager Jordan Bierbaum said. “Just the game we needed to start the week.”
Post 218 (13-5, 6-0) also swept a doubleheader from Ballwin Friday and split two games at Ste. Genevieve Saturday. Washington beat De Soto, but lost to the host Ste. Genevieve squad.
Washington continues its season Tuesday with an 8:30 p.m. home game against Wentzville.
Washington visits St. Charles at Blanchette Park Friday at 8:30 p.m. and goes to Elsberry Sunday at noon.
Washington will complete its schedule with a home doubleheader against New Haven Tuesday, July 2, starting at 6 p.m. and then visit Pacific Wednesday, July 3, at 6 p.m.
Post 218 recorded a nonleague doubleheader sweep Friday at Ballwin.
Washington won the first game, 8-5, and took the second one, 3-1.
In the opener, Washington jumped on top with three runs in the first and added one in the second. Each team scored once in the fourth.
Ballwin rallied to tie it with four runs in the bottom of the fifth. In the sixth inning, Washington broke the tie to win it with three runs.
Offensively, Garrett Leimkuehler recorded three hits while driving in one run.
Batters with two hits each were Blake Pickard, Nik Alferman and Joe Grant.
Pickard scored three times and stole two bases.
Alferman scored twice, drove in one and stole a base.
Grant had one run and three RBIs.
Others with hits were Gus Kleekamp, Will Davis, Daniel Diener, Cody Smith and Trey Hunter.
Diener and Hunter also scored runs. Kleekamp, drove in a run. Hunter added a walk.
Kleekamp also was hit by a pitch and stole two bases. Hunter stole one base.
Kody Halmich started and went three innings, allowing one walk while striking out two.
“We won 8-5 behind Kody Halmich on the mound,” Bierbaum said. “He was on a pitch count for our district games this week. We came up with some big hits when needed and got up to an early lead. Then they came back and tied the game on us to their credit. We were able to flip the switch late and scratch out a couple of runs.”
James Dyson took over and gave up five runs on five hits and two walks over 1.1 innings.
Justin Repp earned the win, pitching 2.2 innings while allowing two hits and one walk. He struck out one.
“Justin Repp came up huge for us,” Bierbaum said. “In a tough spot and not a lot of time on the mound he threw some great innings for us and gave us the chance to win the game.”
The second game was similar to the first. Washington scored once in the third inning and Ballwin tied it in the fourth. Post 218 won it with two runs in the bottom of the sixth with two runs, 3-1.
“This definitely was more of the game we want to play,” said Bierbaum. “We had good defense and great pitching, along with timely hitting. The way to be successful in this game is doing that.”
Leimkuehler was the winning pitcher, going five innings. He allowed one run on three hits and two walks while striking out three.
“We were glad to give the ball to Garrett Leimkuehler and see what he had,” Bierbaum said. “He proved that he deserves his shot in the rotation with six innings of one-run ball. He hurt his thumb the game before and battled for us on the mound.”
Repp started and pitched three innings, allowing three hits and one walk. He struck out one.
Offensively, Pickard led the way with two hits and one RBI.
“Blake Pickard was the player of the day,” Bierbaum said. “Congrats to him and the attitude he brought on Friday.”
Alferman doubled while Hunter, Jeremy Monehan and Halmich each had singles.
Diener scored twice while Halmich crossed the plate once. Will Davis also had an RBI.
Grant walked. Pickard sacrificed. Lang and Halmich were hit by pitches and Davis, Pickard and Alferman stole bases.
Post 218 rolled to a 17-0 victory over De Soto in Saturday’s first game at Ste. Genevieve.
Washington scored eight runs in the bottom of the first, four in the second and five in the third to earn the quick victory.
Davis pitched a no-hitter in the game, allowing just one walk while striking out five batters.
“Will Davis started for us and gave us just what we needed a good start and lots of strikes,” Bierbaum said. “Hopefully he gained some confidence on the mound after that one.”
Offensively, Alferman recorded three hits, including two doubles. He scored twice and drove in one. He also stole a base.
Kleekamp, Grant and Smith each had two hits.
Kleekamp doubled, scored twice and drove in two runs.
Grant scored once and stole a base.
Smith hit an inside-the-park grand slam, scored twice, drove in five runs and added a walk.
“It was a shot to center field that the player dove for and just couldn’t make the play,” Bierbaum said. “Cody got on his wheels and really turned on the gas.”
Hunter doubled while Lang, Zach Marquart, Dyson and Tyler Miller each hit singles.
Hunter also scored. Lang scored, drove in one, walked and stole a base.
Marquart scored twice and drove in two runs. Dyson drove in two runs. Miller scored and drove in a run.
Monehan walked and scored. Halmich was hit by two pitches. Diener was hit by one pitch.
If any team is becoming Washington’s nemesis, it’s got to be Ste. Genevieve, which beat Post 218 again Sunday, 11-1.
“We preach about which team is going to make the adjustment first and win the game,” Bierbaum said. “We didn’t do it that night.”
Washington and Ste. Genevieve played in the state championship series last year with Washington taking the title. So far this season, Ste. Genevieve has beaten Washington 9-2 and 11-1.
Ste. Genevieve scored once in the bottom of the first, but Washington came back to tie it in the top of the third.
The host team then scored six times in the fourth and four more times in the fifth inning to end it.
Lang started and went 3.1 innings. He allowed seven runs (six earned) on five hits and three walks. He struck out one.
Smith pitched 1.1 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits. He struck out one.
Pickard led the offense with two hits. Hunter, Leimkuehler, Davis and Diener each posted one hit.
Halmich scored the run and Kleekamp ended with the RBI. Halmich reached on a walk.
Kleekamp and Davis each sacrificed.
Washington scored once in the top of the first inning Monday, but St. Peters tied it in the bottom of the frame.
The rest of the game belonged to Post 218.
Washington scored four times in the second, twice in the third and four times in the fifth.
When St. Peters failed to score in the bottom of that frame, the game ended on the mercy rule.
Halmich pitched all five innings for Washington, holding St. Peters to one run on three hits and one walk. He struck out four.
“Here is where that pitch count saved us against Ballwin,” Bierbaum said. “Kody Halmich gave us another ace performance. He settled down after the first inning and really made it tough for the other team to square anything against him. When he is on, he has to be one of the best in the district. And with no errors behind him, we should be able to take the game to any opponent.”
Offensively, Davis had two hits while scoring twice. He added two stolen bases.
Kleekamp and Alferman each doubled. Kleekamp scored twice, drove in two and stole a base.
“I think moving Gus Kleekamp into that leadoff spot gives us a threat in the bases we were looking for,” Bierbaum said. “He also had a hit and we forced the other team into some errors which made our day a little easier.”
Alferman drove in one.
Hunter, Diener, Halmich and Lane each singled.
Hunter and Diener each scored once.
Halmich was hit by two pitches, scored twice and stole a base. Lang scored twice and drove in two.