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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 3:00 pm

With the American Legion postseason continuing, four area teams still are alive in their respective competitions.

The Washington Post 218 Freshman Legion team is at the state level after pulling off a double championship by winning the Ninth District regular season and district tournaments. The Freshman Legion state tournament is being played in Branson.

The Post 218 Juniors and Pacific Post 320 Juniors are playing at the Zone 1 Tournament here in Washington. The event starts Thursday at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field.

And, the Post 218 Seniors will be playing in the Ninth District Tournament this week.

Complete tournament brackets can be found at www.emissourian.com and www.post218baseball.com.

Freshman State

Post 218 looks for its second straight title at the Freshman Legion State Tournament at Pirate Park in Branson.

The field is located at Cedar Ridge Elementary School. The address is 402 Cedar Ridge Drive, Branson, MO 65616.

Washington defeated Ste. Genevieve in last year’s state title series, which went to a second and deciding game.

“Our challenge is to make teams beat us. We’re the defending state champions. They’ve got to come take it from us. That’s our mentality we’re taking to Branson,” said Post 218 Freshman Manager Jordan Bierbaum. “Kody Halmich and Gus Kleekamp played on our team last year that went to state. For everyone else, it will be a new experience. It took awhile to get everyone into a groove and to realize that this team is capable of accomplishing the same thing we did last year. We’ve reached that point now and the guys are confident that we can do it.”

First-round games in the eight-team field take place Wednesday.

Elsberry plays Glendale at 11 a.m. followed by Eureka against Ste. Genevieve at 1:30 p.m., Jackson against Waynesville at 4 p.m. and Washington Post 218 against Branson at 6:30 p.m.

“You never know about the host team. They could be good or they could be bad. You’re not quite sure,” Bierbaum said. “We like where we are. We’re on the other side of the bracket from Ste. Genevieve, who has given us trouble this year. Ste. Genevieve and Jackson always have good teams. Both are very well coached and have good programs.”

All eight teams will play again on Thursday.

The losers’ bracket games will be played at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The Post 218-Branson loser plays at 12:30 p.m.

The winners’ bracket games are scheduled for 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The Post 218-Branson winner plays at 5:30 p.m.

The winners’ bracket final is scheduled for Friday at 3 p.m.

The championship series will start Saturday at 2:30 p.m. If a second game is needed, it will be played on Sunday.

Washington has played against Elsberry, Ste. Genevieve and Jackson this season.

Post 218 is 2-1 against Elsberry with wins of 8-2 and 3-0 and a loss of 4-0.

Washington is 0-2 against Ste. Genevieve with losses of 9-2 and 11-1. Post 218 is 0-1 against Jackson with a 7-4 loss.

Junior Zone

The final American Legion baseball tournament scheduled for Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field gets started Thursday with two games.

Hannibal plays Chillicothe at 5 p.m. while Pacific will take on Jefferson City at 8 p.m.

In action Friday, Post 218 is the last team to get started and will play the Hannibal-Chillicothe winner at 5 p.m.

Washington has played two of the teams in the tournament. Post 218 holds a 3-1 record against Pacific with 11-5 and 4-0 wins in the Ninth District Tournament and a 3-1 win during regular season play. Pacific won the first meeting, 9-5.

Washington defeated Hannibal, 2-0.

“You can’t ask for too much more than that,” Post 218 Manager Phillip Kleekamp said about playing at home. “It’s still going to take a great effort. We have seen Hannibal and we’ve obviously seen Pacific. It’s nice to have it here at home and see everyone come out and support Post 218 baseball.”

Pacific has beaten Hannibal twice, 4-3 and 2-0, this season.

“I told our kids that no matter what happens, we’re in the zone,” said Pacific Manager Cory Cowsert. “It’s always nice to win, but go out, have fun and play baseball. I think they did. They’re upset they lost, but they know it’s not the end of the season.”

The Zone 1 Tournament winner advances to the Missouri State Tournament in Joplin next week.

Senior District

The Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament will consist of one bracket with eight teams.

Washington Post 218, the Ninth District regular season champion, will advance to the Zone 1 Tournament in Moberly, along with the tournament winner. If Post 218 also wins the postseason tournament, then West, the second-place team in the regular season, will advance to the Zone 1 event along with Post 218.

West is seeded second for the district tournament followed by St. Charles, Central, Elsberry, St. Peters, Wentzville and Daniel Boone.

Tournament games will take place at Westhoff Park in O'Fallon and the Rec-Plex in St. Peters.

Post 218 opens the tournament against Daniel Boone Thursday at 6 p.m. at Westhoff Park. The winner plays the Central-Elsberry winner Friday at 6 p.m. at Westhoff Park.

The tournament continues Saturday and concludes Sunday with the championship game at 3 p.m. at Westhoff Park. If a second championship game is needed, it will be played Monday at 6 p.m. at Westhoff Park.

Washington went undefeated during league games this season. With Washington already assured a spot in the zone, Gardner has room to experiment and give injured players some rest.

The pitching staff is having the most issues. Brendan Feldmann made his return to the hill at the Blue Springs Tournament, but Washington lost Jared Walde for an unknown length of time in the final game. Walde reported hearing something pop in his shoulder, Gardner said, during the championship game against Jefferson City Post 5. He is expected to be evaluated.

Also, Tony Helfrich could be on track for a return to the hill in the district tournament. He has had successful bullpen sessions while returning from an elbow injury. Helfrich, this week named to the all-state media baseball team (second team Class 4 pitcher) recently signed to continue his baseball career at Rockhurst University.

The Zone 1 Tournament starts in Moberly Thursday, July 25.


Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Washington    7 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union vs. Wentzville Liberty   4 p.m.

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Pacific vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — St. Clair vs. Holt   7 p.m.

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington vs. Warrenton    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament


Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

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

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games