Although the Washington Post 218 Freshman Legion team finally suffered its first loss of the season Sunday, it still was a very successful weekend for the team.
Post 218 (20-1, 7-0) won four games and reached the 20-win mark for the season.
The run started with a league triumph Friday over Central, 10-0.
On Saturday, Washington beat Cape Girardeau, 8-7, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.
Post 218 beat the same Cape Girardeau team Sunday, 25-0, but then lost in the second game of a doubleheader, 5-3.
On Monday, Post 218 won at St. Peters in a league game, 6-3, in nine innings.
“All that I can say about this past weekend is you never know what will happen in baseball,” said Post 218 Manager Kevin Juergens.
Washington plays Manchester at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field before playing its next four games on the road.
Post 218 plays at De Soto Thursday at 8 p.m. and then takes on Eureka in Ellisville Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
On Sunday, Post 218 plays a pair at Elsberry starting at 11 a.m.
The weekend opened with Post 218 winning 10-0 over Central Friday at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field.
Washington opened scoring in the third inning with five runs and then added three more runs in the fourth and two in the fifth to end it early.
Post 218 outhit Central, 4-1. Central committed three errors.
Spencer Juergens pitched all five innings, allowing one hit and one walk. He struck out nine.
Washington’s hits came from John Himmelberg, Seth Bollmann, Juergens and Evan Ayers.
Himmelberg, Bollmann and Ayers each scored twice. Austin Finder, Ryan Becszlko, Kody Halmich and Logan Holdmeyer each scored once.
Himmelberg, Bollmann, Finder, Spencer Juergens, Becszlko and Todd Feldmann each drove in one run.
Becszlko walked three times while Himmelberg, Bollmann, Halmich, Eric Hasenjaeger and Feldmann each walked once.
Finder recorded a sacrifice. Ayers and Holdmeyer were hit by pitches.
Himmelberg and Ayers each stole two bases. Juergens, Becszlko and Halmich each had one steal.
Opening a three-game, two-day series against Cape Girardeau, Washington won a thriller Saturday at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field, 8-7.
“We led the whole game and seemed to be in control until the seventh inning,” Juergens said. “Leading 7-3 going into the seventh we gave up four runs and then were able to push the winner across in the bottom of the inning.”
Post 218 struck first, getting two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Cape Girardeau scored once in the top of the second, but Washington scored three more runs in the bottom of that inning.
Each team scored twice in the sixth. Cape Girardeau scored four runs in the seventh to tie it, 7-7, but Washington scored in the bottom of the inning to win it.
Washington outhit Cape Girardeau, 11-8. Cape Girardeau made three errors to two for Washington.
Washington used four pitchers in the game with Nathaniel Hillermann earning the win. He pitched the final two-thirds of an inning. That came just three days after he was hit in the head with a pitch last Wednesday in Pacific.
Holdmeyer started for Washington and lasted 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks. He struck out two.
“Logan Holdmeyer had his best outing to date on the mound,” Juergens said.
Matt Miller gave up a hit and a walk before giving way to Justin Baylard. Baylard allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits and two walks while striking out two.
Offensively, Finder, Juergens and Micah McNeal each had two hits. McNeal doubled. Himmelberg, Gus Kleekamp, Holdmeyer, Max Diener and Becszlko each had one hit.
Himmelberg and Finder scored three runs apiece. Kleekamp and Hillermann each scored once.
Finder drove in two runs. Juergens, McNeal and Becszlko each drove in one run.
Himmelberg, Kleekamp, Holdmeyer, Diener, Nick Thiel and Hillermann each walked.
Kleekamp sacrificed twice while Himmelberg was hit by a pitch.
Himmelberg and Finder each stole two bases. Hillermann had one stolen base.
Sunday Game 1
Post 218 made certain Sunday started with a victory, beating Cape Girardeau in the first game of a doubleheader, 25-0.
“Cape came out not ready to play and we buried them early scoring 11 in the first inning,” Juergens said. “We went on to win 25-0. It was one of those games where we could do no wrong and they couldn’t do anything right.”
Washington outhit Cape Girardeau, 18-1, and took advantage of eight Cape Girardeau errors.
Post 218 opened scoring with an 11-run first inning. Washington scored once in the second, five times in the third and eight times in the fourth.
Ayers took care of the pitching side of things, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out three. Washington made no errors behind him.
“On the mound, Evan Ayers got his first start of the season on the mound, and he responded,” Juergens said. “He pitched a one-hit shutout for his first win. He did a great job all day. He had them hitting his pitches all game. He really did a good job of keeping them off balance. It was really nice to see him out there pitching with such command.”
Offensively, Hasenjaeger led the way with four hits. Shawn Mittler ended with three hits while Bollmann and Thiel each posted two hits. Himmelberg, Finder, Juergens, Becszlko, Feldmann, Miller and Halmich each had one hit.
Bollmann, Mittler, Feldmann and Miller doubled.
Hasenjaeger scored four times while Bollmann, Thiel, Mittler and Halmich each scored three times. Feldmann and Diener each scored twice. Also scoring were Himmelberg, Finder, Juergens, Becszlko and Miller.
Bollmann drove in four. Finder, Becszlko, Mittler, Hasenjaeger and Feldmann each drove in two runs. Batters with one RBI each were Juergens, Thiel and Diener.
Thiel, Diener and Halmich each walked twice. Feldmann walked once.
Juergens and Halmich each stole bases.
“It provided us with the opportunity to get a lot of players some at-bats and they made the most of it,” Juergens said.
Sunday Game 2
Post 218 wished it had saved some offense from the first game for the second contest while suffering its first loss of the season, 5-3.
“You would think after beating a team 25-0 that would take the fight out of them and you should be able to go out the next game and go through the motions,” Juergens said. “Unfortunately we found out the hard way and turned around and lost the finale 5-3. We simply didn’t come out ready to play and they stuck four runs on us in the first inning and we never recovered.”
Cape Girardeau was the home team for the game and never trailed. Cape Girardeau scored four times in the bottom of the first and once in the second for its runs.
Washington’s scoring came in the fifth inning.
“We pushed three across in the fifth and had the tying runs on, but give the Cape pitcher credit he was able to get out of the inning,” Juergens said.
Cape Girardeau outhit Post 218, 8-6. And after making all of the errors in the first game, Cape Girardeau played flawless defense as Post 218 made three errors.
Three batters accounted for Washington’s hits. Halmich, Miller and Holdmeyer posted two hits apiece. Halmich and Miller each doubled.
Halmich, McNeal and Baylard scored. Diener, Miller and Holdmeyer earned RBIs.
McNeal walked twice while Hillermann, Hasenjaeger and Baylard each walked once.
Hasenjaeger added a sacrifice. Hillermann was hit by a pitch.
Feldmann suffered the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits before being relieved by Himmelberg. Over six innings, Himmelberg allowed one run on five hits and one walk. He struck out two.
“The bright spot for this game was John Himmelberg,” said Juergens. “Himmelberg came in to pitch in relief of Feldmann and pitched five-plus innings allowing only one run.”
Juergens said it will be interesting to see how the team responds to the loss.
“The boys you could tell were really feeling the pressure late in the game,” Juergens said. “With the big win earlier in the day they were pressing at the plate and we let the Cape pitcher off a couple of times by not getting good at-bats. As bad as everybody felt about the loss I reminded the boys it is not a district game, we are right in the thick of things as far as that race is concerned and all that we can do is turn that game into a learning experience.”
Post 218 bounced back Monday with a 6-3 win at St. Peters, but needed nine innings to win the game.
Washington scored single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to take a 3-0 lead. St. Peters scored once in the fifth and twice in the sixth to tie it.
The game stayed deadlocked until the ninth, when Washington put three more runs on the board to win it.
Washington outhit St. Peters, 6-5, and both teams made five errors.
Thiel and Becszlko each had two hits in the game while Himmelberg and Bollmann chipped in with one hit apiece.
Himmelberg, Bollmann, Finder, Hillermann, Thiel and Miller scored the runs. Becszlko and Juergens each had an RBI.
Post 218 drew 12 walks in the game. Thiel led the way with three while Himmelberg, Bollmann and Miller each had two. Finder, Hillermann and Baylard each walked once.
Bollmann stole three bases. Finder and Hillermann each had two and Thiel and Baylard had one stolen base apiece.
Bollmann placed two sacrifices and Miller ended with one.
Finder threw the first four innings, allowing one hit while striking out two.
Hillermann took over and earned the win. Over five innings, he allowed three runs (none earned) on four hits and a walk. He struck out four.
“He showed a lot of great leadership and heart last night,” Juergens said of Hillermann. “We really rode his back last night to pull out that win.”
Juergens said the team is heading into a tough part of the schedule.
“We will find out what we are made of June 20-30,” Juergens said. “We are loaded with district games against a lot of quality teams and play a strong Eureka team two times over this stretch.”