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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

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games

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