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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.”


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.


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.


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.


Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Friday, Jan. 2

Sullivan at Washington    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

Community Christian at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    7:45 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

&Borgia vs. Lutheran N    TBA

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

%St. Charles vs. Bayless    6 p.m.

%Westminster vs. Washington    7:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

%Borgia vs. St. Clair    6 p.m.

#South Callaway vs. North Callaway    6 p.m.

#Hermann vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

%Francis Howell Central vs. Union    7:30 p.m.

#Montgomery Co vs. New Bloomfield    7:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

#South Callaway-North Callaway loser vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield loser    6 p.m.

#South Callaway-North Callaway winner vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield winner    6 p.m.

Bethel at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville loser vs. Harrisburg-New Haven loser    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville winner vs. Harrisburg-New Haven winner    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

%St. Charles-Bayless loser vs. Westminster-Washington loser    4 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair loser vs. Francis Howell Central-Union loser    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

%St. Charles-Bayless winner vs. Westminster-Washington winner    7 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    7 pm.

#Seventh-place game    7:30 p.m.

Consolation game    7:30 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair winner vs. Francis Howell Central-Union winner    8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

%Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3:30 p.m.

%Consolation game    4 p.m.

%Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

#Championship game    6:30 p.m.

%Championship game    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    6:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    7:30 p.m.

%Washington Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

Girls Basketball

Friday, Dec. 26

Seckman Tournament

Northwest 43, Mehlville 42

Festus 58, Patriettes 13

Seckman 36, Oakville 28

Pacific 73, Carnahan 38

Saturday, Dec. 27

Seckman Tournament

Mehlville 39, Patriettes 35

Oakville 73, Carnahan 38

Festus 47, Northwest 30

Pacific 51, Seckman 33

Monday, Dec. 29

Seckman Tournament

Seventh-place game—Carnahan vs. Patriettes    1:30 p.m.

Third-place game—Seckman vs. Northwest    1:30 p.m.

Consolation game—Oakville vs. Mehlville    3 p.m.

Championship game—Pacific vs. Festus   3 p.m.

Rolla Tournament

St. Clair vs. Waynesville    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Rolla Tournament

St. James-Sedalia loser vs. Waynesville-St.Clair loser    2 p.m.

St. James-Sedalia winner vs. Waynesville-St. Clair winner    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 31

Rolla Tournament

Consolation game    9 a.m.

Seventh-place game    9 a.m. at MS&T

Third-place game    12 p.m.

Championship game    3 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 2

Hermann at Washington    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Bourbon    6 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 5

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

*Holt at Washington    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    5:30 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at St. Clair    7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    5 p.m.

Park Hills Central at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Cuba at New Haven    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Ft. Zumwalt South at Washington    6 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    6:15 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Borgia vs. MICDS (St. Joseph’s Academy Shootout)    12:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

Lutheran South at St Clair    5:30 p.m.

Lindbergh at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

@Washington vs. Patriettes    5:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    6 p.m.

@Helias vs. Sullivan    7 p.m.

#North Callaway vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann vs. South Callaway    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Pacific at Ursuline    4:30 p.m.

Ft. Zumwalt East at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West vs. Union    5:30 p.m.

@Borgia vs. Eureka    7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

#Harrisburg-Russellville loser vs. North Callaway-New Haven loser    6 p.m.

#Harrisburg-Russellville winner vs. North Callaway-New Haven winner    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co loser vs. Hermann-South Callaway loser    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co winner vs. Hermann-South Callaway winner    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Bethel at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Northwest at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

@Washington-Patriettes loser vs. Helias-Sullivan loser    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union loser vs. Borgia-Eureka loser    7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

@Washington-Patriettes winner vs. Helias-Sullivan winner    5:30 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

#Seventh-place game    6 p.m.

#Consolation game    6 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union winner vs. Borgia-Eureka winner    7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

@Seventh-place game    1 p.m.

#Third-place game    2 p.m.

@Consolation game    2:30 p.m.

@Third-place game    4 p.m.

#Championship    5 p.m.

@Championship    5:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Union at Warrenton    6 p.m.

Montgomery Co at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    5 p.m.

Parkway West at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    6 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

@Union Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament


Friday, Dec. 26

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 27

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Monday, Dec. 29

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Jan. 7

*Ft. Zumwalt South at Washington     6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Washington at Granite City    4:30 p.m.

Borgia at Hancock Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Union at Liberty Quad    5 p.m.

Washington at Warrenton    6 p.m.

*Sullivan at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

*Washington at Holt/Ft. Zumwalt East    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Westminster at Pacific    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

Union at Branson    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

Borgia at Owensville Tny    9 a.m.

Washington, Pacific at 141 Rumble    TBA

Union at Branson Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 20

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt North    6 p.m.

Union at Sullivan/St. James/Warrenton    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Borgia/Washington at MICDS    4:15 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 12

Borgia at DuBourg    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Washington at Clayton    4:15 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt West    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt East/Timberland    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games