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Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 8:30 am | Updated: 9:01 am, Wed Jan 30, 2013.

If American Legion baseball is any indication, Lindenwood University is getting a bargain.

The St. Charles school signed Borgia graduate and Washington Post 218 standout hurler Brendan Kleekamp to a letter of intent during the spring.

Kleekamp will join the school, which moves to NCAA Division II after completing its move from NAIA.

“I’m pretty excited to get going and working out and fitting into this new program,” Kleekamp said. “I’m really excited to get ready for the new season and a new start.”

Kleekamp has been one of the top pitchers not only in the Ninth District, but also in the state for American Legion baseball over the past year.

Starting with a four-hit shutout against Daniel Boone in the 2011 South Division Tournament, Kleekamp became a force during the playoffs.

In the 2011 Zone 1 Tournament at Lindenwood, Kleekamp opened the event by pitching six innings of Washington’s 13-3 win over Jefferson City Post 5.

He came back to go the distance in the winner-take-all game against West, an 8-3 Washington victory.

At the state tournament in Sedalia, Kleekamp pitched six innings in Washington’s win over Fike Post 499.

“It was more my mentality,” Kleekamp said about his playoff run. “I wanted it. I wanted to get to state and I wanted to win state however I could. I knew I had to win this game or else we would have to go home early. I didn’t want to go home early. I just got the mindset that winning was all I had left.”

He then came back to beat Festus in the first game of the championship series, 5-2. Pitching on short rest, Kleekamp lasted six innings to secure the victory.

“I lost a little bit from my fastball,” Kleekamp said. “I wasn’t as dirty as a pitcher as I was at the beginning of the season. I just kept fighting. Sometimes, good things happen when you fight through it. Coach (Post 218 Manager Mike) Gardner just understood I gave everything I got. I was lucky to come out with a win. It was too bad we couldn’t win state, but we got a fresh start and a new season. We’re hoping to get back where we were and maybe win it.”

Last spring, Kleekamp wanted to make sure the Borgia Knights also could finish in a better situation than in 2011. Borgia was a district champion in 2011, losing in the sectional game at Kirksville. But this spring, the Knights had plenty of missed opportunities before being eliminated in the district semifinals by Fatima.

“It was a good season,” Kleekamp said. “I wish we could have gone a little bit further, but Fatima just came ready to play some baseball. The ball bounced their way a few times. They came out with a win. All you can do is tip your hat and wish them luck because they deserved it. We didn’t come ready to play. We can’t be disappointed in the season. It definitely was a good season. You can smile at a 19-8 season which is pretty good.”

Kleekamp came back with a mission for the 2012 American Legion season.

“There’s a lot of revenge in our dugout,” Kleekamp said. “There are a lot of people who want to get back to where we were and beat Festus. They’re great competitors. Every time we play them, it’s great baseball. We’ve already played them close this year. It was in extra innings. We just want to get back to the atmosphere of state. It’s a great time and a great place to be. Everyone is determined. We can get down when we’re not playing up to our full potential, but we’re working around that and we’re winning ballgames and that’s all we expect to do.”

Kleekamp showed he’s still at the top of his game during the Blue Springs Wood Bat Tournament. He tossed a shutout against West, slowing one of the event’s most prolific offensive forces, to lead Post 218 to the title and be named the tournament’s most valuable player.

Kleekamp knows this is a much different situation. Washington lost a number of big bats off of the 2011 team and is making due with a lineup which hasn’t shown the same power potential.

“Whenever you don’t have as strong of offense, the pressure’s on you,” Kleekamp said. “As a competitor, you want to be in that position. You want to be able to control a one- or two-run game. That’s where the excitement of baseball comes in, being able to keep the game as close as possible and that’s where being a great pitcher comes in.”

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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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