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Posted: Saturday, June 2, 2012 6:32 pm | Updated: 2:15 pm, Fri Jun 8, 2012.

By Bill Battle

Missourian Sports Editor

Hitting at the beginning and end of the game, the Washington Post 218 Senior Legion team rallied past Elsberry Wednesday in its Ninth District opener, 7-5.

Post 218 (2-0, 1-0) scored three times in the bottom of the first, but went dormant offensively until the bottom of the seventh.

At that time, Washington trailed 4-3 after Elsberry scored its runs in the top of the third. Washington tied the game in the seventh and then added three additional runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take the lead for good.

Elsberry got one run back in the top of the ninth, but it wasn’t enough.

“We showed good character by not panicking and continued to take good at-bats and eventually opened it up in the bottom of the eighth,” said Post 218 Manager Mike Gardner.

Post 218 outhit Elsberry, 10-8, but committed more errors as well, 3-1.

Trent Leimkuehler earned the win, throwing three innings in relief of starter Cody Gardner.

Leimkuehler allowed one run on one walk while striking out three batters.

Offensively, Leimkuehler had three hits while also walking, scoring a run and driving in one. He also had a stolen base.

Also ending with three hits was Mike McGilvray, who added three runs.

“Mike McGilvray and Trent Leimkuehler really shined at the plate and Matt Jones had a great at-bat in the bottom of the eighth driving in two runs,” said Gardner. “With a full count Matt was able to foul off several pitches and then hit a hard line drive to right center.”

Other Washington players with hits were Grant Eckelkamp, Jones, David McNeal and Jack Kopmann.

Eckelkamp scored twice, walked and was hit by two pitches.

Jones walked and drove in four.

Austin Rettke drew a walk, was hit by a pitch and added a sacrifice.

Dilan Bollmann scored a run.

Dustin Howard stole a base.

“I thought we took much better at-bats than in the previous game and it seemed that we had runners on base every inning,” Gardner said. “We jumped on top with three runs in the bottom of the first but Elsberry put up a four-spot to take the lead. The top four batters in their lineup were really tough outs.”

Cody Gardner, who recently finished his freshman year at Truman State University in Kirksville, got the start for Washington. Over six innings, he allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks. He struck out one. Gardner threw 106 pitches before being relieved.

“Other than the one inning, Cody gave us a quality start on the mound, especially since it was the first time he had thrown that many pitches in a while,” Gardner said. “Fighting back and giving us two more shutout innings really was a good sign.”

For the first two innings, Elsberry did little against him. But a walk started a rally in the third inning and Elsbery strung together hits after that to score four times and take the lead.

The fourth run which crossed the plate put Elsberry on top, giving the visitors the lead until Post 218 tied it in the bottom of the seventh.

Washington returns to league action Friday night, hosting St. Peters in a nine-inning district game.

“We continue with more tough district games this weekend with St. Peters on Friday and West on Sunday,” Gardner said. “We will go with Tony Helfrich on Friday and Brendan Kleekamp on Sunday.”

That will follow the Post 218 Juniors game against Daniel Boone, which starts at 6 p.m.

It will be the third meeting between Post 218 and Daniel Boone Post 262. The teams played twice in the Washington Junior Legion Memorial Weekend Tournament with Daniel Boone taking both games, including the championship contest.

Post 218 returns to action Sunday with a home league game against West at 6 p.m. That will be a rematch of last year’s Zone 1 Tournament championship series.

With only one nonleague game, Post 218 has jumped into Ninth District play quickly this summer.

“We were able to start off district play with a nice win over Elsberry,” Gardner said. “Having to play everyone twice in our district is going to make for a very interesting year. From a scheduling standpoint we are playing more district games at the beginning of the year than what we might normally do. I personally like that we are playing everyone twice. I think it makes for a much more interesting season.”

Notes — Like all Ninth District games, this was a nine-inning contest played with wood bats. Nonleague and tournament games usually go seven innings and Monday’s season opener against House Springs was a nonleague game in which both teams agreed to use wood bats.

In Wednesday’s game, Mike Gardner started Cody Gardner at pitcher, Jones at catcher, Noah Borgerding at first base, Rettke at second base, Kopmann at third base, Eckelkamp at shortstop, Howard in left field, McGilvray in center and McNeal in right field. Leimkuehler was the designated hitter.

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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

Wrestling

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

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