It was a seamless transition into Ninth District play this past weekend for the Washington Post 218 Freshman Legion team.
Washington (10-0, 4-0) maintained its winning ways by sweeping both St. Charles and North Saturday and Sunday.
Post 218 defeated St. Charles Saturday at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field, 2-0 and 13-4.
On Sunday, Post 218 won two road games over the North Knights, 11-4 and 5-1.
The 5-1 game was a combined no-hitter by Post 218 pitchers Matt Miller and Logan Holdmeyer.
“I have to admit I am getting spoiled with all the great pitching we have had so far this season,” said Post 218 Manager Kevin Juergens. “We had a no-hitter by Austin Finder a couple of weeks ago and now a combined no-hitter from Miller and Holdmeyer. We have some guys who are getting some innings in on the mound this week and they seem to be settling in and pitching they way they are capable of. I think once we get everyone out there and they can get the jitters out of their system we will have a very deep pitching staff.”
Washington’s fourth shutout of the year came in the first game of Saturday’s home doubleheader against St. Charles Post 312, 2-0.
Washington was the visiting team in the game and broke the scoreless tie in the top of the fifth inning with one run. Post 218 added a second run in the top of the seventh.
“The first game was a pitching dual with Spencer Juergens pitching for us and Tristan Tredway for St. Charles,” Kevin Juergens said. “Spencer continues to roll as we were able to grind out a 2-0 win. He really kept the ball down and St. Charles was able to only scratch out three hits. He has a lot of confidence right now and he is doing what he has do to get outs. He is really pitching smart games right now.”
Juergens struck out six batters.
Offensively, Washington had five hits, but four came from the bottom two spots in the order. Miller and Micah McNeal each had two hits. One of Miller’s hits was a triple. Nathaniel Hillermann had the other hit, a double which plated a run.
Hillermann also walked twice. Seth Bollmann, Ryan Becszlko and John Himmelberg each walked once. Hillermann stole a base and Miller added a sacrifice.
In the second game, both teams opened up the offense. But Washington was able to make an early impact.
St. Charles scored twice in the top of the first but Washington scored five times in the bottom of the inning and added four runs in the second. St. Charles scored twice in the third. Washington put three runs on the board in the fourth and one more in the sixth.
“We got our bats going early and set the tone winning, 13-4,” Juergens said.
Washington had a number of hitting standouts.
McNeal went 3-3 with a double, scored two runs and added an RBI.
Evan Ayers had two hits and a walk while driving in five runs.
Becszlko, Miller, Bollmann, Todd Feldmann and Nick Thiel each had one hit.
Bollmann doubled and Miller tripled. Justin Baylard ended with a walk, two runs and an RBI. Hillermann walked and scored. Eric Hasenjaeger drove in a run and walked. Holdmeyer scored twice and walked.
“It is great to see different players stepping up in situations and making things happen,” Juergens said. “Ayers had a great approach at the plate all day.”
Holdmeyer got the start for Washington and went 2.2 innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on three hits and five walks. He struck out one.
Thiel relieved and picked up the win, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out three.
“Holdmeyer just couldn’t get in a rhythm giving up five walks so we went to Thiel,” Juergens said. “Nick was pitching for the second time this season and came out and pitched very well. He went after batters today and looked like he had a lot of confidence on the mound. He looked very good in his four innings and picked up the win.”
On Sunday, Post 218 hit the road to play the North Knights in Ninth District action. Washington came home with two more victories.
In the opener, Post 218 won, 11-4.
Post 218 was the home team for that game and opened scoring in the bottom of the second with two runs. Washington added two more runs in the third and one in the fifth.
North scored four times in the top of the sixth, cutting the lead to 5-4.
“We were up 5-0 going into the sixth and then our defense broke down a little and we let them back in the game, giving up four runs,” Juergens said. “We got to throwing the ball around a little bit which is not typical for us.”
Washington scored six times in the bottom of the sixth to put the game out of reach.
“It was nice to see us stick six runs on them after giving up four,” Juergens said. “I think that inning carried over to the next game.”
Hillermann pitched for Post 218 in the game, allowing four unearned runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out nine.
“Nate Hillermann went the distance to pick up the win,” Juergens said. “Nate was coming off a long layoff but came right out and took command of the game.”
Offensively, Miller led the team with two hits. Hillermann, Becszlko, Ayers, Holdmeyer and Shawn Mittler each had one hit.
Miller scored three runs while Bollmann and Ayers each crossed the plate twice. Hillermann, McNeal, Himmelberg and Holdmeyer each scored once.
Hillermann, Becszlko, Holdmeyer and Mittler each drove in two runs. Miller and McNeal each had one RBI.
HIllermann and Ayers walked.
Miller and Becszlko each hit doubles. Himmelberg was hit by a pitch. Bollmann, Hillermann and McNeal stole bases.
The weekend ended with the no-hitter by Miller and Holdmeyer.
Washington scored twice in the top of the first and added two runs in the third and one in the fifth.
North scored its run in the bottom of the fifth.
Miller went five innings, allowing one run on six walks. He struck out six.
“We sent Matt Miller to the mound and he went five innings without giving up a hit,” Juergens said. He gave up six walks while striking out six and at the end of the fifth he was around 80 pitches and looked like he was tiring.”
Holdmeyer got the ball after that.
“We then brought Logan Holdmeyer in after pitching two innings Saturday and he was ready to go,” Juergens said. “He pitched much more aggressive tonight and challenged the batters and ended up pitching the final two innings without giving up a hit.”
Holdmeyer walked one while striking out three batters.
Offensively, Bollmann led the way with two hits, including a double.
Batters with one hit each were Kody Halmich (double), Himmelberg, Thiel, Baylard and Max Diener.
Himmelberg scored twice while Bollmann, Thiel, Baylard, Diener and Halmich each scored once.
Himmelberg, Thiel and Baylard drove in runs.
Thiel, Hasenjaeger and Diener drew walks.
Miller added a sacrifice. Halmich was hit by a pitch. Himmelberg, Hasenjaeger and Diener stole bases.
On Tuesday, Post 218 visits Festus in a doubleheader. The first game starts at 6 p.m. Washington swept Festus in Washington last Tuesday, 6-0 and 13-1.
On Saturday, Washington hosts Florissant in a nonleague doubleheader starting at 9 a.m.
On Sunday, Creve Coeur of the 10th District visits Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field for a 1 p.m. game.
Washington’s next Ninth District game is Wednesday, June 13, at Pacific. Game time is 6 p.m.