With the regular season quickly coming to an end, the Washington Post 218 Freshmen went 2-1 in Ninth District road games over the weekend.
Washington (16-6, 8-1) swept a doubleheader Friday at Blanchette Park over St. Charles 12-6 and 10-0 before suffering a 4-0 loss Sunday at Elsberry.
Post 218 ends the regular season Wednesday at Pacific at 6 p.m.
The Ninth District Tournament is scheduled to begin this weekend. The bracket will be announced late in the week.
Washington won the first game at St. Charles, 12-6.
The game was tied 3-3 after four innings before Post 218 took the lead for good with two runs in the top of the fifth inning, three in the six and four in the seventh.
Kolby Lang pitched all seven innings for Washington to earn the win. He allowed six runs on 10 hits with four walks and seven strikeouts.
“Kolby struggled through his outing. He made some pitches when needed, but just didn’t have command of the strike zone,” said Post 218 Manager Jordan Bierbaum. “The opposing pitcher struggled as well. The zone was erratic at times.”
Post 218 collected 16 hits in the contest.
Leading the charge was Trey Hunter, who was 4-5 at the plate with three runs and two RBIs.
Garrett Leimkuehler was 3-5 with one RBI and one run.
Nik Alferman collected two hits, four RBIs and one run.
Zach Marquart registered two hits and three RBIs.
Kody Halmich added two hits and one run.
Gus Kleekamp finished with one hit, two walks and three runs.
Joseph Grant picked up one hit, one walk and two runs.
Blake Pickard had one hit, one walk and one run.
Washington took the second game 10-0 in six innings.
Leimkuehler pitched the first four innings to earn the win. He allowed no runs on two hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
“Garrett proved he can be as good as anyone. When he can keep the ball around the knees, he can be very effective,” Bierbaum said. “Once we took a lead in the second game, we felt confident we could shut down the other team.”
James Dyson worked the final two frames. He allowed no runs on one hit with no walks and one strikeout.
Grant and Leimkuehler both had two hits for Washington. Grant also walked, had three RBIs and scored two runs. Leimkuehler added two RBIs.
Hunter finished with one hit, one walk, one RBI and two runs.
Pickard added one hit, one walk and three runs.
Alferman had one hit and one run. Jeremy Monehan had one hit.
Daniel Diener walked twice and had one RBI. Cody Smith walked and scored. Dyson drew a walk. Kleekamp and Lang both scored a run.
Washington suffered its first Ninth District loss of the season Sunday at Elsberry, 4-0.
The game was a pitchers duel between Washington’s Kody Halmich and Elsberry’s Zach Rimel.
Elsberry broke a scoreless tie with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. The runs came on two sacrifice fly balls and a two-run single by Alex Gutermuth.
Rimel tossed a one-hit shutout for Elsberry. He walked two batters and registered seven strikeouts.
Halmich pitched all six innings for Washington. He allowed four runs, one earned, on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts.
“We threw our best pitcher against their best pitcher. Unfortunately, we came out on the wrong end,” Bierbaum said. “Their pitcher threw well and we didn’t make the adjustments at the plate to put pressure on him. Kody matched him for five innings. We had our chances and couldn’t get anyone across home plate.”
Diener had Washington’s lone hit. Pickard and Alferman both drew a walk.