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Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 1:30 pm

A couple of bloops and a few blasts combined with solid pitching and defense added up to a convincing baseball victory for Washington over Pacific.

The Blue Jays (5-3) collected 14 hits in a 13-2 win over the Indians in five innings Monday at Ronsick Field.

“I couldn’t tell you the last time we beat Pacific. We’ve probably lost to them five or six times in a row, so it’s nice to finally get one against them,” said Washington Head Coach Scott Bray. “It was just a matter of our guys getting some confidence at the plate. We were fortunate to get a couple of bloop hits early in the game. I thought we wore down their pitcher a little and were able to get some hard-hit balls, which led to runs.”

Pacific (5-3) trailed from the second inning through the remainder of the game, and couldn’t get anything going at the plate or in the field.

“From the start of the game until the end, not much went right for us,” said Pacific Head Coach Jeff Reed. “There were some plays that we didn’t make in the field, which turned out to be a huge difference.”

Luke Hasenjaeger pitched all five innings for Washington. He allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

“It all starts with ‘Hasy’ on the mound. He got in a little trouble late in the game, but gutted it out,” Bray said. “The kid works his tail off, no matter what sport he’s playing.”

Hasenjaeger felt confident going into the game.

“I felt good out there. I really wanted to have a good game. I’ve never beaten Pacific in baseball on the varsity level, so it’s a big win for me and the rest of the seniors,” Hasenjaeger said. “Our bats really came alive. It was awesome to see everyone hit the way we did. Our defense was great, especially Sam (Katzung) behind the plate.”

Hank Vandaveer got the start on the mound for Pacific, despite dealing with an injury. In three innings of work, he allowed eight runs, two earned, on nine hits with one walk and two strikeouts.

“Hank dislocated his pinky finger on his pitching hand playing pickup basketball last Friday,” Reed said. “He wasn’t at his best, but he competed. He gave us a chance to win. Our defense didn’t give him enough help.”

Ryan Howell pitched one inning in relief, allowing five runs.

Washington jumped to an 8-0 lead with one run in the bottom of the first inning, four in the second and three in the third.

After Pacific made the score 8-1 in the top of the fourth inning, the Blue Jays put the game away with five runs in the bottom of the fourth.

The Indians scored a run in the top of the fifth inning.

Batting in the leadoff spot, Pete Coulter was 4-4 at the plate with three RBIs and a run scored for Washington.

“Our leadoff spot has been a question mark for us. We’re set with our three, four and five hitters,” Bray said. “Pete stepped in and did a nice job. He usually makes good contact.”

Dilan Bollmann was 2-3 with three RBIs.

Jared Walde was 2-3 with two RBIs and two runs.

Sam Katzung was 2-2 with a walk.

Todd Hellmann finished with one hit, two runs and one RBI. Mike Reinhold added one hit and two runs. Brock Hopkins had one hit and one run. Hasenjaeger had one hit.

Scott Byrne scored three runs. Phillip Straatmann walked and scored.

“I don’t think we’ve played a bad game, but we haven’t played our very best, either. There are things to improve on,” Bray said. “We got some breaks and were able to put them away. Jeff has a good team. They’re going to have a good season.”

Tanner Brown, Jake Null, Tyler Straatmann and Vandaveer each had one hit for Pacific.

Hunter Finney added one RBI. Lucas Zurliene and Vandaveer both scored a run.

“Our approach at the plate was horrible. We were out on our front foot and lifted everything up,” Reed said. “Hopefully this game was a wake-up call. If not, we’re going to have more just like it.”

Washington vs. Winfield

Washington posted a 10-0 win in six innings over Winfield last Friday at Ronsick Field.

Leading 3-0, the Blue Jays ended the game with seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Zach Pointer tossed a one-hit shutout for Washington. In six innings, he allowed one walk and registered nine strikeouts.

“Our bats came to life toward the middle of the game and Zach had a very good performance on the mound,” Bray said. “He showed good command of all pitches. He went out there with something to prove and stayed focused for the entire game.”

Hopkins was 3-3 at the plate with a walk, two RBIs and a run. Hellmann was 3-4 with two RBIs and a run. Hasenjaeger was 2-3 with a walk and two runs.

Andrew Sumner, Bollmann, Katzung, Straatmann and Pointer each added one hit. Katzung also walked. Straatmann had two RBIs. Reinhold walked twice.

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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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