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Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2013 5:00 pm

Only one team could stand unbeaten at the top of the Ninth District standings after Tuesday’s showdown.

And that team is Pacific Post 320.

Pacific (12-0, 9-0) emerged victorious from a 9-5 slugfest against Washington Post 218 (10-1, 7-1) in a contest held at a balmy Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field in Washington.

“It wasn’t the prettiest win,” Pacific Manager Cory Cowsert said. “My kids always seem to start slow and then they kick it into gear when they need to. However I preach and preach to them they can’t keep waiting to kick it in. We need to kick it in gear from the first pitch.”

Washington Manager Phillip Kleekamp said Pacific deserves credit for the win.

“You tip your cap to them,” said Post 218 Manager Phillip Kleekamp. “They came out with a plan. They were jumping on the fastballs early and they made us pay for it.”

Cowsert said any time you can beat Post 218 is a milestone.

“After the game was over my players were very excited about coming away with a victory as they should because Washington Post 218 has a very good program and is always a challenge when you play any of their teams,” Cowsert said. “I was glad that we held on and won the game as well but at the same time I am already thinking about the future and looking at the bad parts of the game and what I can do as a coach to help better my team for our upcoming games. I am never settled until it’s perfect. I have always been this way not only as a coach but even when I was playing I expected the same.”

Kleekamp hopes Post 218 can rebound.

“Hopefully we can learn from this,” Kleekamp said. “We did prove we could come back in a tough spot. We knew coming in that this wasn’t going to be a cakewalk. Hopefully we’re going to learn from the experience and it will make us a better team.”

Schedules

Pacific returns to action Saturday with a home nonleague doubleheader against House Springs starting at noon.

Washington played Wednesday at home against Ballwin and visited O’Fallon Thursday.

Post 218 hosts St. Charles Saturday at noon and Elsberry Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

Showdown

Washington actually took the lead in the bottom of the first inning, but Pacific came back with two runs in the second and three in the third.

Washington rallied for three runs in the bottom of the third, but couldn’t bring the tying run across the plate.

“We got close to getting back out of it and having another chance to hit, but they had a couple of squeakers get through,” Kleekamp said. “It didn’t help that we gave them seven walks and three hit batters. You can’t give a team like Pacific that many chances and it came back to bite us.”

That was the break Pacific needed. Post 320 exploded for four runs in the top of the fifth and held on as Washington added one run in the bottom of that inning.

Offensively, Pacific had hitting up and down the lineup. Post 320 recorded 11 hits with eight different batters finding gaps in the Post 218 defense.

Allen Fitzgerald, Tyler Straatmann and Drew Fonner led Pacific with two hits apiece.

Fitzgerald doubled, walked and scored one run.

Straatmann singled twice and drove in one run.

Fonner scored, walked and drove in a run.

Alex Rice, Tyler Gerling, Noah Brocato, Ryan Howell, Ryan Vogelgesang and Noah Boyer each singled for Post 320.

Rice, Gerling, Brocato, Howell, Vogelgesang and Boyer also scored.

Boyer drove in three runs while Vogelgesang added two RBIs.

Vogelgesang, Howell and Boyer were hit by pitches. Rice and Vogelgesang also drew walks.

Washington was led by Kyle Summers, who had three hits, half of Washington’s total. He scored one run and drove in one.

Ending with one hit apiece were Spencer Juergens, Aaron Meyer and John Himmelberg. Meyer’s hit was a double.

Himmelberg added a walk and scored twice.

Meyer drove in one run and also walked.

Ross Seitter walked twice, stole a base and scored one run.

Ryan Becszlko walked and scored a run.

Todd Feldmann added two sacrifice bunts and was hit by a pitch.

Howell was the winning pitcher for Pacific, going four innings while allowing four runs on three hits and seven walks. He struck out one and threw 85 pitches.

“Howell didn’t pitch his best game by any means but he did a good job keeping us in the game and giving us a good opportunity to win,” Cowsert said. “Howell tends to struggle when he doesn’t get ahead early but however I think that Tuesday night he was wildly effective. He kept Washington off balance because they really didn’t know if they were going to get walked on four straight pitches or get pitches to hit right away. Being a pitcher myself I know how difficult it is to consistently fill up the zone on a daily basis. Everyone has a wild game just like Howell did Tuesday but because he is strong willed he knew in his mind what he had to do to get us in position to win the game and he did that.”

Straatmann, who played for Post 218 last season (Pacific didn’t field a team), relieved and picked up the save, throwing the final three innings. He allowed one run on three hits. He struck out two batters.

“Tyler Straatmann stepped up big for us because not only did he lead us in hitting, but also on the mound against his old team to finish the game,” Cowsert said. “My players have been looking forward to playing Washington for two weeks because they knew it was going to be a good one. Straatmann really wanted the ball to begin the game but I had to have him at shortstop to start the game. I told him that he was the first one in behind Howell. And just like the rest of my players this year he respected my decision and played a big role before he stepped on the mound because he made some good plays at shortstop as well.”

Kleekamp praised his former player.

“He did a good job,” Kleekamp said. “I thought we hit the ball a little bit better than the stats showed. We had a lot of hard-hit outs. That’s going to happen. Tyler came in and did a good job. I’m glad he’s doing well.”

Nathaniel Hillermann took the loss for Washington. He allowed eight runs on nine hits, two walks and three hit batters. He struck out six.

“Nathaniel would be the first one to tell you that his curveball was struggling a little bit,” Kleekamp said. “They put the ball into play. They exceeded the law of averages. Most of the time you put the ball into play that much, you’re going to get more outs.”

Scott Byrne pitched two-thirds of an inning, allowing one run on one hit and two walks.

Nick Thiel closed out the game, allowing one hit while striking out two.

Game Summary

Post 218 scored once in the bottom of the first inning. Seitter, Juergens and Justin Baylard reached base before Meyer walked to force home Seitter.

Pacific went on top in the second inning. With one out, Brocato singled and Howell was hit by a pitch.

Vogelgesang then singled and Fonner walked to load the bases. Boyer drove in a run on a fielder’s choice.

Pacific added three more runs in the third, sending nine batters to the plate.

Gerling, Fitzgerald and Straatmann loaded the bases with singles.

With one out, Howell singled in one. Vogelgesang was hit by a pitch to drive in a second run and Fonner hit into a fielder’s choice to bring home a third run.

Washington came back in the bottom of the third. With two outs, Becszlko and Himmelberg walked. Summers singled one run home and Feldmann was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Bollmann drew a walk to bring another run to the plate and a wild pitch plated Summers.

Washington loaded the bases again with a walk to Seitter, but couldn’t add to the rally on a groundout.

The 5-4 lead held up until the top of the fifth, when Pacific exploded for four more runs.

With one out, Vogelgesang walked. Fonner singled and the runners moved to second and third on a wild pitch. Boyer singled in both runs and moved up on a wild pitch.

Kleekamp relieved Hillermann with Byrne and Rice started with a walk. With two outs, Fitzgerald walked. A wild pitch brought Boyer home and Straatmann drove in Rice to make it 9-4.

Washington’s final run came in the bottom of the fifth. Himmelberg greeted Straatmann with a single to left and Summers followed with a single to center. Feldmann bunted the two runners over and Himmelberg came home on a groundout by Bollmann.

“This was a great win for us but we can’t settle,” Cowsert said. “We must keep moving forward and getting better every time we touch a ball, glove, bat, field anything that has to do with the game. There is always room for improvement.”

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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 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

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

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

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

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

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

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

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 62, Sullivan 35

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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