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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

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

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

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

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 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

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.

Wrestling

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

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