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Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 1:00 pm

JOPLIN — A loss to Blue Springs Post 499 Fike Saturday at the Missouri Junior Legion State Tournament meant the end of the road for the Washington Post 218 Juniors.

A three-run first inning was all Fike needed in a 7-1 victory over Post 218 at Joe Becker Stadium in Joplin.

“It was a tough one. Fike is a good team. They remind me a lot of our team. They put a lot of pressure on you and they force you to make plays to win,” said Post 218 Manager Phillip Kleekamp. “We made some plays, but unfortunately, we didn’t make them all. Give them credit. They made the plays, a couple more than we did.”

Post 218 (30-4) went 1-2 at the state tournament, losing to Glendale 11-7, crushing Joplin 21-0 and falling to Fike.

Ste. Genevieve (26-2) won the state championship Sunday over Fike (33-18) in a winner-take-all contest, 8-5, and advances to the Midwest Regional Tournament, scheduled to begin Wednesday at Carl Lewton Stadium in Carthage.

After defeating Post 218, Fike made quick work of Glendale, 11-0 in five innings, to advance to the championship series.

“Only one team can win it here. It’s always over so quick. It’s so tough that it kind of takes you by surprise,” Kleekamp said. “We had a great season, a great group of boys. It was a lot of fun. The other coaches and myself really enjoyed coaching this group. We have good kids and good families. The boys matured and they all have gotten better, which has been our goal all along. Our goal is to make them better players for the next level, and I think we’ve done that.”

Most of Fike’s roster consisted of players from Blue Springs South High School. They also had three players from Grain Valley High School.

Fike, the 2012 Junior Legion state champions, got a complete game effort by pitcher Andrew Olsen against Washington.

In seven innings of work, Olsen allowed one run on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

“Their pitcher was pretty good. He had a good cutter going. He deserved to win,” Kleekamp said. “We were battling a little bit of an erratic strike zone. Our kids were forced to take swings at pitches that we probably wouldn’t have normally.”

Three of Washington’s six hits came in the top of the second inning, where it scored the lone run.

With two outs, Kyle Summers, Nick Thiel and John Himmelberg stroked consecutive singles to cut Fike’s lead to 3-1.

The second inning was the only time Washington had more than one runner on base at the same time.

Post 218 managed just one hit over the final four innings.

Fike added one run in the bottom of the third inning and three in the fourth.

Ross Seitter led Washington with two hits.

Nate Hillermann, Summers, Thiel and Himmelberg each added one hit. Himmelberg also walked and had one RBI.

Seth Bollmann and Justin Baylard both drew a walk. Summers scored a run.

Spencer Juergens got the start on the mound for Post 218 and suffered the loss. In five innings, he allowed seven runs, five earned, on 11 hits with no walks and five strikeouts.

“Spencer didn’t pitch that bad at all. He’s still trying to find his groove a little, coming back from the injury,” Kleekamp said. “We had to make plays behind him. There are no pitchers here who are going to overpower anybody. We had a couple of errors that we normally don’t have. Spencer dialed it in toward the end, but by that time, the damage was done. We were down by six runs and trying to get back in it.”

Scott Byrne pitched a scoreless sixth inning, allowing one hit and one walk.

The highlight of the game for Post 218 was turning a triple play in the bottom of the sixth inning.

With runners at first and second bases with no outs and the hit-and-run on, Fike hit a line drive to shortstop Bollmann, who made the catch for the first out, flipped the ball to second baseman Aaron Meyer for the second out, who then relayed it to first baseman Hillermann to complete the triple play.

“The triple play was good to see. It kind of woke us up a little bit,” Kleekamp said. “It was nice to get out of that jam. Scotty did a good job bailing us out. The kids did a great job executing the play. If we can take one thing away from the game, it definitely was the triple play.”

Leading Fike’s 12-hit attack was leadoff batter Zachary Ehlen (one of the three Grain Valley players on the roster), who had three hits and scored two runs.

William Meyer, Kaleb Salmon and Olsen each added two hits.

“We saw some good teams here. In the games we lost, I don’t think we played our best games,” Kleekamp said. “There’s a reason why these other teams are at state. They’re going to force you to make plays.”

Kleekamp said the Post 218 pitching staff was a big reason for the team’s success this season.

“Considering we lost one of our best pitchers for the majority of the season (Juergens), our kids really stepped up,” Kleekamp said. “Our three horses, between Aaron (Meyer), Evan (Ayers) and Nate (Hillermann) did a great job. They all had at least six or seven wins. They were fantastic all year. At one point in the season, we had eight complete games in a row. It was an unbelievable pitching stretch.”

The Post 218 Junior team should be solid again next summer.

“We have some kids who can stay down and some kids on Jordan’s (Bierbaum) freshman team who can stay down, so you never know for sure what our team will look like next year,” Kleekamp said. “We didn’t see someone like Kyle Summers come out for the team this year. He was a great asset to our ball club. You never know how the team will look. Hopefully we’ll have all the guys back who are eligible to be back, and then some. We’re always looking to get better.”

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Area Scoreboard

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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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