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Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013 10:00 am

JOPLIN — Following a disappointing loss to Glendale to open the American Legion State Junior Tournament, Washington Post 218 took its frustrations out on the host team.

Post 218 dominated the Joplin Miners (18-16) in every area of the game, cruising to a 21-0 victory in five innings.

“Our boys were a little disappointed with the first go-around. We almost felt bad for the next team we faced,” said Post 218 Manager Phillip Kleekamp. “We played one of our worst few innings in the first game. That’s not how we want to represent Post 218 at the state tournament. We played like the way we’re capable of playing against Joplin.”

Washington (30-3) was scheduled to play defending state champion Fike Post 499 (30-17) Friday in a losers’ bracket game.

Fike went 1-1 on Thursday, defeating Joplin 7-1 and falling to Ste. Genevieve, 5-2.

Kleekamp said Spencer Juergens will be the starting pitcher against Fike.

Ste. Genevieve and Glendale were scheduled to meet Friday in the winners’ bracket final.

“Right now, we’re focusing on getting through (Friday). I can’t imagine anybody has an ace left. Our pitching, one through five, is as good as anybody’s, especially having Evan (Ayers) available,” Kleekamp said, “The boys’ goal still is to win the tournament. Hopefully we have some hits in our bats left.”

Post 218 scored early and often, outhitting the Miners, 18-1.

Joplin’s only hit of the game came on an infield single in the top of the fourth inning.

Washington scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning, nine in the second, six in the third and three in the fourth.

Post 218 sent 14 batters to the plate in the second inning and 10 more in the third.

Ayers got the start on the mound for Post 218 and pitched three innings of no-hit baseball for the win. The only Joplin batter to reach base against Ayers came on an error. He allowed no runs, hits or walks and registered three strikeouts in 40 pitches.

“We kept Evan from going the whole game, so he might be able to come back (Friday) or for sure Saturday,” Kleekamp said. “He pitched well, considering we had a couple of long innings at the plate where he was sitting.

Scott Byrne tossed two scoreless innings in relief. He allowed one hit, no walks and struck out four batters.

“Scott Byrne looked great,” Kleekamp said. “I was impressed with our two relievers today, Nick Thiel in the first game and Scott in the second game. They both threw strikes and gave us what we needed.”

Four Joplin pitchers struggled against Washington’s offense.

Matthew Wells got the start and worked 1.1 innings for the loss. He was relieved by Dylan Barnhart, Austin Zengel and Cole Allen.

Seth Bollmann was 4-4 at the plate with three RBIs and three runs for Post 218.

John Himmelberg was 3-4 with a walk, four RBIs and four runs.

Spencer Juergens also was 3-4 with four runs.

Ross Seitter collected two hits, one walk, three RBIs and one run.

Aaron Meyer finished with two hits, three RBIs and two runs.

Ryan Becszlko pitched in with one hit, one walk, two RBIs and one run.

Kyle Summers registered one hit, two RBIs and one run.

Nate Hillermann added one hit, two runs and one RBI.

Max Diener had hit and one RBI.

Justin Baylard, Teddy Harrison and Nicholas Schumaker each walked and scored.

Zengel had Joplin’s lone hit.

“Our guys did what we needed to do. Joplin is a very gracious host. You never want to put that many runs on the board per se, but we needed a jump-start like that,” Kleekamp said. “I’m proud with the way we came back after such a tough loss where we didn’t play our best.”

Post 218 received contributions from many players.

“I’m happy we were able to get some guys on the field, contribute to the game and be a part of the state tournament,” Kleekamp said. “As much as we’re here to win, we want everyone to enjoy the experience. It truly is an honor to be here. Post 218 has been spoiled the last few years This doesn’t happen all the time. We want to make sure everyone can experience it.”


Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge 80, Lutheran South 59

^Borgia 46, Washington 43 (OT)

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game — St. Clair vs. Northwest   2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation — Union vs. Hillsboro    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game — Washington vs. Lutheran South   5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship — Borgia vs. Rock Bridge    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union 66, Wentzville Liberty 31

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Lutheran South 55, Pacific 49

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — Holt 63, St. Clair 49

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington 61 Warrenton 50

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament


Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

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

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games