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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.”

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Week 11 Playoff Round 2

Friday, Oct. 31

Union at Borgia    7 p.m.

Brentwood at Hermann    7 p.m.

Cuba at Cardinal Ritter    7 p.m.

Week 10 Playoff Round 1

Friday, Oct. 24

Battle 56, Washington 8

Borgia 42, Kennedy 6

Union 55, Pacific 7

Priory 49, Sullivan 17

Salem 50, St. James 27

Southern Boone 40, Owensville 24

Hermann 36, Transportation and Law 6

Moberly 42, Warrenton 0

O'Fallon Christian 50, Wright City 12

Cuba 30, Jefferson 0

Saturday, Oct. 25

Westminster 49, St. Clair 6

Friday, Oct. 17

Francis Howell N 24, Washington 20

Westminster 35, Borgia 14

*Union 35, Hermann 32

*St. Clair 26, Owensville 12

*Pacific 34, St. James 22

Helias 56, Sullivan 3

Ft. Zumwalt East 42, Warrenton 0

*Clopton-Elsberry 20, Wright City 0

Saturday, Oct. 18

Hogan Prep 49, Cuba 6

Softball

Sectional Games

Wednesday, Oct. 15

Bolivar 17, Sullivan 2

Mexico 5, Warrenton 4

Thursday, Oct. 16

Pacific 12, Rosati-Kain 0

Saturday, Oct. 18

Quarterfinal — De Soto 5, Pacific 2

District Tournaments

Softball

Class 4 District 4

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Northwest 11, (5) Rolla 3

Saturday, Oct. 11

(1) Lafayette 3, Northwest 1

(2) Eureka 4, (3) Washington 0

Monday, Oct. 13

Championship — Eureka 5, Lafayette 0

Class 3 District 3

At Lutheran South

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Affton 3, (5) Bishop DuBourg 2

(3) Pacific 21, (6) Bayless 0

Sunday, Oct. 12

(1) Lutheran South 11, Affton 1

Pacific 1, (2) Notre Dame 0

Championship — Pacific 2, Lutheran South 1

Class 3 District 7

At St. Dominic

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Borgia 9, (5) Wentzville Liberty 8

(3) Winfield 15, (6) O’Fallon Christian 1

Saturday, Oct. 11

At Borgia

(1) St. Dominic 12, Borgia 3

(2) Warrenton 11, Winfield 2

Championship — Warrenton 1, St. Dominic 0

Class 3 District 9

At Sullivan

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) St. James 12, (5) Owensville 3

(3) Sullivan 11, (6) St. Clair 1

Saturday, Oct. 11

At Union High School

St. James 10, (1) Union 5

Sullivan 5 (2) Salem 4 (8 innings)

Championship — Sullivan 11, St. James 6

Class 2 District 10

At New Bloomfield

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) New Bloomfield 5, (5) Belle 0

(3) South Callaway 9, (6) Hermann 0

Saturday, Oct. 11

South Callaway 7, (2) Linn 2

(1) Fatima 6, New Bloomfield 1

Championship — Fatima 7, South Callaway 4

Class 1 District 4

At Community R6, Laddonia

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Wellsville-Middletown 8, (5) New Haven 2

(3) Van-Far 4, (6) Community R6 2

Saturday, Oct. 11

(1) Clopton 13, Wellsville 0

(2) Silex 10, Van-Far 0

Championship — Silex 3, Clopton 0

Volleyball

District Tournaments

Class 4 District 3

At Rockwood Summit

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Eureka def. (5) Pacific 25-9, 25-16

(2) Northwest def. (7) Parkway South, 25-18, 25-12

(3) Washington def. (6) Rockwood Summit, 25-21, 25-15

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) Lafayette def. Eureka, 17-25, 25-14, 25-19

Northwest def. Washington, 25-22, 25-18

Championship — Lafayette def. Northwest, 25-19, 25-20

Class 3 District 8

At Union

Monday, Oct. 20

(5) St. Clair def. (4) Union, 25-20, 25-22

(2) Sullivan def. (7) Salem, 25-7, 25-8

(3) Owensville def. (6) St. James, 14-25, 25-16, 25-19

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) Borgia def. St. Clair, 25-10, 25-6

Sullivan def. Owensville, 25-20, 20-25, 25-20

Championship — Borgia def. Sullivan, 25-7, 25-10

Class 2 District 6

At Lutheran St. Charles

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Barat def. (5) Wright City, 25-16, 24-26, 25-22

(2) Hermann def. (7) Bowling Green, 25-12, 25-18

(3) Whitfield def. (6) Montgomery County, 25-23, 25-17

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) Lutheran St. Charles def. Barat, 25-10, 25-9

Whitfield def. Hermann, 23-25, 25-23, 25-15

Championship — Lutheran St. Charles def. Whitfield, 25-18, 25-14

Class 1 District 9

At Calvary Lutheran, Jefferson City

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Smithton def. (5) Otterville, 25-12, 25-10

(3) Chamois def. (6) Bunceton, 25-23, 25-18

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) New Haven def. Smithton, 25-5, 25-7

(2) Calvary Lutheran def. Chamois, 25-14, 25-11

Thursday, Oct. 23

Championship — New Haven def. Calvary Lutheran, 25-9, 25-16

Sectional Matches Saturday, Oct. 25

Class 3

At Villa Duchesne

Villa Duchesne def. St. Dominic, 25-19, 25-13

Borgia def. Duchesne, 25-16, 25-17

Championship — Villa Duchesne def. Borgia, 25-18, 25-23

Class 1

At New Haven

New Haven def. Liberal, 25-15, 25-17

Green Ridge def. Osceola, 25-19, 25-21

Championship — New Haven def. Green Ridge, 25-16, 25-14

State Matches

Friday, Oct. 31

Class 1 Pool Play

New Haven vs. St. Vincent, 9 a.m.

New Haven vs. Santa Fe, 1 p.m.

New Haven vs. Winona, 1 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 1

Third-place match, 9 a.m.

Championship match, 3 p.m.

Boys Soccer

District Tournaments

Class 4 District 8

At Washington

Monday, Oct. 27

(1) Timberland 2, (4) Washington 1 (1OT)

(2) Troy 2, (3) Holt 1 (PKs)

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship — Timberland 1, Troy 0 (2OT)

Class 3 District 3

At Rockwood Summit

Monday, Oct. 27

(2) Rockwood Summit 3, (3) Pacific 1

(1) Webster Groves 7, (4) Windsor 0

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship — Webster Groves 2, Rockwood Summit 1

Class 3 District 9

At Union

Monday, Oct. 27

(1) Camdenton 2, (4) Union 1 (1OT)

(2) Helias 2, (3) Rolla 1

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship — Helias 1, Camdenton 0

Class 2 District 7

At Winfield

Tuesday, Oct. 28

(1) Borgia 4, (4) Winfield 0

(3) Elsberry 2, (2) O’Fallon Christian 1

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship — Borgia 3, Elsberry 0

Class 2 District 10

At St. James

Monday, Oct. 27

(1) Fatima 3, (4) St. Clair 1

(2) Sullivan 4, (3) St. James 3 (1OT)

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship — Fatima 4, Sullivan 2

Playoff Soccer

Sectional Round

Tuesday, Nov. 4

Borgia at Moberly, TBA

Cross Country

Saturday, Nov. 1

Class 3 district at Linn, Highway 50 and CC (Girls 11:40 a.m., Boys 12:50 p.m.)

Washington sectional at Farmington Engler Park(Boys 10 a.m., Girls 11 a.m.)

Boys Swimming

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Oct. 29

*Borgia at Trinity    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games

Racing News