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Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2012 7:00 am

What was hotter Thursday — the temperature or the Washington Post 218 Junior Legion offense?

Washington (24-5, 18-3) rolled up 20 runs in a 20-0 five-inning victory on the road at Ninth District foe North Thursday afternoon.

The 20-0 win came on the heels of Monday’s 41-0 victory on the road at Sullivan.

“Our bats continued to stay hot last night against the North Knights,” said Post 218 Manager Phillip Kleekamp.

“We preach to the boys to look for a certain pitch early in the count and take advantage of it,” Kleekamp said. “They have been waiting for their pitch and driving the baseball extremely well over the last week, and you can see the improvement in the amount of runs we have been scoring.”

Kleekamp said it’s been a season-long project to improve the offense.

“Our bats have progressed so much since the start of the season over a month ago,” Kleekamp said. “The boys have really taken the approach we have been teaching in stride and have continued to get better each week, which has always been our goal. If a player has not improved on some aspect of their game every week, we have not done our job as a coaching staff.”

Things have come together in this week’s games.

“This week they have definitely made us look good,” Kleekamp said. “We have been getting contributions throughout our lineup. If we can continue that trend for another couple of weeks, we could be a tough matchup for any team in the state.”

Schedule

Post 218 continues its season Friday night with an 8:30 p.m. game against De Soto at home. Washington leaves the friendly confines of Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field again Sunday for its regular season finale, a league game against Daniel Boone at C&H Park.

The Sunday game is extremely significant in the league standings. Daniel Boone is 19-4 overall and 13-3 in the league as of Friday morning. Daniel Boone would have to win out to overtake Washington for the regular season title and the top seed in the upcoming district tournament.

Both Elsberry and Hannibal have two losses in league action.

Daniel Boone has taken two of three games so far this season from Washington with both wins coming in the Post 218 Memorial Day Weekend Tournament. Washington won the first league contest.

Playoffs

Winning the regular season title is extremely important to the playoff aspirations of all teams. The Ninth District regular season winner qualifies for the Zone 1 Tournament. The event will be hosted by the Ninth District Tournament winner.

Should the same team win both the regular season and district tournament titles, it will host the Zone Tournament and the second-place finisher in the district tournament also advances as a Ninth District representative.

The other teams in the Zone 1 Tournament will be the winner of the District 1 Tournament between Hannibal and Memphis and the winner of the District 2 Tournament between Trenton and Chillicothe. While Hannibal has played in the Ninth District during the regular season, it will contest the District 1 tournament title for a chance to continue in the playoffs.

The state tournament will be held in Blue Springs with four zone winners and Blue Springs playing for the state crown.

North

In Thursday’s game at Francis Howell North High School, Post 218 scored once in the first inning and exploded after that.

Washington added seven runs in the second, four in the third, six in the fourth and two in the fifth inning.

Washington outhit North in the game, 14-3, and took advantage of 13 walks. North made the only three errors in the game.

Kleekamp took advantage to use 12 different players in the game either at the plate or on the hill.

Grant Ruediger went the distance, earning the win. He allowed three hits and one walk while striking out five North batters.

“Although our bats have been particularly effective the last two games, our pitching has been just as dominant,” Kleekamp said. “Grant Ruediger followed up Teddy Harrison’s no-hit performance on Monday in Sullivan with a three-hit shutout of his own. Grant added another solid outing to the stat sheet last night. He was able to get ahead of most batters and didn’t have any problems hitting his spots. I don’t think any balls that were put in play were hit particularly hard. Grant was able to use his curveball especially well to keep North’s hitters off balance. They only had a few quality swings throughout the five-inning affair.”

With the win, the Hermann High School pitcher improved to 5-0 on the season.

“Grant is quietly leading our pitching staff in wins,” Kleekamp said. “He is a key part of our pitching staff and will be relied on to continue his winning ways in the district tournament.”

Offensively, Brian Trigg led the way with three hits, four runs, two RBIs, a walk and a stolen base.

Anthony Chance contributed two hits, including a triple, two runs, three RBIs and two walks.

Tyler Straatmann had two hits, one run, four RBIs and two walks.

Luke Knight posted two hits, one run, two RBIs and a walk.

Ross Seitter had one hit, two runs, three RBIs, a walk and a stolen base.

Sam Katzung contributed a hit, a run and a walk.

Todd Kleekamp chipped in with one hit, two runs, three RBIs, a walk, a sacrifice fly and two stolen bases.

Aaron Meyer posted one hit, three runs, two walks and a stolen base.

Justin Schuler tripled, scored three runs, drove in one and walked. He also was hit by a pitch.

Teddy Harrison walked and scored.

Scott Byrne also played.

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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 10

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.

Senior Legion State Tournament

At Liberty Park, Sedalia

Thursday, July 31

G1 Jefferson City Post 5 11, Lee’s Summit Post 189 Aux. Outlaws 2

G2 Festus Post 253 9, Joplin Miners 2

Friday, Aug. 1

G3 Jefferson City vs. Festus, noon

G4 Lee’s Summit vs. Joplin, 3 p.m.

G5 G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 2

G6 Championship — G3 winner vs. G5 winner, 1 p.m.

G7 If-needed game — G6 winner vs. G6 loser, 4 p.m.

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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