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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

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games