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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


Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18


Tuesday, Aug. 26

Potosi def. Union, 18-25, 25-18, 25-15

Francis Howell C def. Washington, 25-19, 25-22

Farmington def. Pacific, 25-23, 22-25, 25-8

New Haven at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Borgia def. Cardinal Ritter, 25-3, 25-3

Wednesday, Aug. 27

ECC def. Central Methodist JV, 25-12, 25-14, 25-15

Thursday, Aug. 28

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Borgia def. Notre Dame, 25-15, 25-8

*Washington def. Ft. Zumwalt South

Union def. Battle, 25-17, 25-11

Pacific def. Seckman, 25-17, 20-25, 30-28

Hermann at Jefferson City    5:30 p.m.

Belle at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Linn at Owensville    6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    5 p.m.


Saturday, Aug. 23

Union Tournament

Union Sports Complex

G1 Washington 21, St. Clair 0

G2 Pacific 15, Liberty 3

G3 Farmington 15, Union 0

G4 Park Hills Central 4, Borgia 2

G5 Liberty 6, St. Clair 5

G6 Union 9, Borgia 2

G7 Washington 5, Pacific 4

G8 Farmington 5, Park Hills Central 2

Consolation — Union vs. Liberty Postponed due to heat

Seventh Place — Borgia 16, St. Clair 0

Championship — Farmington 5, Washington 0

Third Place — Park Hills Central 7, Pacific 6

Monday, Aug. 25

*Borgia 5, Notre Dame 4 (8 innings)

Union 14, Rolla 7

New Haven at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Belle at Owensville    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Westminster Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Ft. Zumwalt S 5, Washington 2

Warrenton 4, Union 3

Duchesne 10, Pacific 5

Steelville at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Vienna at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wright City 6, St. Clair 2

New Bloomfield at New Haven    5 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Pacific, PPD to Sept. 5

Thursday, Aug. 28

St. Clair 3, Borgia 2

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washingto, PPD

Bourbon at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Linn    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Pacific at Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    4:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Union 1, St. James 0

Fredericktown 4, St. Clair 1

Pacific 2, Hillsboro 0

Sullivan at SLUH    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Union, PPD

Thursday, Aug. 28

Union at De Soto    5 p.m.

Pacific at North County    5 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5 p.m.

*St. Mary’s 4, Borgia 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

ECC at McKendree JV    7 p.m.

#Washington at Francis Howell North, 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Friday, Aug. 22

Sullivan at Fleet Feet Inv    4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at Parkway Central Inv    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

St. Clair at First Capitol Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Lafayette Inv    9 a.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Aug. 25

Borgia 215, Washington 241

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia 280, Lutheran St. Charles 284, Washington 292

Boys Swimming

Friday, Aug. 29

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E Inv    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

@Fort Scott Tournament

#Parkway West/Northwest Tournament

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