Winning two more games, the Washington Post 218 Junior Legion team stayed unbeaten on the way to its key league showdown with Pacific Tuesday at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field.
Post 218 (10-0, 7-0) defeated New Haven Friday on the road, 11-2, and then topped O’Fallon at home Saturday, 7-1. A Sunday game against Creve Coeur was called off.
Tuesday’s game starts at 6 p.m. at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field and could go a long way in determining the top of the district standings.
“Hopefully, we will have all three facets (hitting, pitching and fielding) of our game on Tuesday when Pacific comes calling at Ronsick,” Post 218 Manager Phillip Kleekamp said.
Post 218 hosts Ballwin Wednesday at 6 p.m. in a game which will also count for the championship of the Post 218 Memorial Day Weekend Tournament. The teams were scheduled to play in May, but it was rained out.
Washington plays Thursday at O’Fallon at 7 p.m. before coming home to host St. Charles Saturday at noon.
Post 218 hosts Elsberry in league action Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
The host New Haven squad scored first, getting two runs in the bottom of the first.
Post 218 chipped back with a run in the second and then took the lead in the third with two runs.
Washington scored once in the fourth, three times in the fifth and four times in the sixth inning.
“I thought we had another solid game offensively,” Kleekamp said. “Our at-bats have really continued to improve over our last few games. Tonight, we were able to continue our success at the plate. We were also able to get bunts down and move runners over when needed.”
Seth Bollmann, Ross Seitter, Spencer Juergens, Nathaniel Hillermann and Todd Feldmann each had two hits.
Hillermann doubled twice while Setter, a New Haven High School player, doubled once.
Juergens, Hillermann, John Himmelberg and Nick Thiel each scored twice.
Feldmann drove in three runs while Bollmann, Seitter, Juergens and Ryan Becszlko each drove in one run.
Thiel walked three times while Justin Baylard walked twice. Juergens, Hillermann, Himmelberg and Feldmann walked once.
Hillermann and Thiel were hit by pitches. Bollmann and Hillermann each stole two bases. Baylard and Himmelberg each had one stolen base.
Bollmann, Seitter and Becszlko each had sacrifices.
“Seth Bollmann had a great day at the plate,” Kleekamp said. “Nate Hillermann’s bat is starting to get hot. Spencer Juergens and Ross Seitter both had good games as well.”
Evan Ayers pitched six innings for the win. He allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and four walks. He struck out three.
“Evan pitched a great game, but all of our pitchers need to do a better job of minimizing the number of walks we issue,” Kleekamp said. “It is hard enough to keep base runners from scoring without having to make the other team earn it.”
Scott Byrne pitched one inning, striking out three.
Note — first names for New Haven were not available as of press time.
Held led New Haven with two hits, including a double. Lane and Miller each had one hit.
Schoer and Miller each scored runs.
Schoer, Miller, Loehing and Carey walked.
Miller stole a base.
Miller was the losing pitcher, going 4.1 innings.
Bean and Cox pitched 1.1 innings apiece.
Post 218 returned home Saturday with a 7-1 league win over O’Fallon.
“It certainly was our quickest game of the season,” Kleekamp said. “We were able to pick up a 7-2 victory over O’Fallon in just under 90 minutes on Saturday. The boys continue to take a better approach at the plate, and you can see the difference on the stat sheet. Our boys put together seven runs on five hits.” Washington broke on top with three runs in the bottom of the second. O’Fallon scored once in the top of the third, but Post 218 shut out the visitors from there.
Washington added one run in the fifth and three in the sixth.
Becszlko went six innings to earn the win. He allowed one run on four hits and three walks. He struck out four.
“Ryan Becszlko took the mound for the first time this year, and he did not disappoint,” Kleekamp said. “Our rotation has had to be altered since we lost one of our starters. Ryan stepped in and gave us a great outing. Originally, the plan was to only use Ryan for three or four innings, but he was dominant early keeping his pitch count to a minimum. Ryan was able to induce a lot of ground balls and stopped two different rallies with double play balls, one of which he started himself. We will look to Ryan to continue to help us as a starting pitcher as the season progresses.”
Thiel pitched the seventh inning.
Himmelberg led the way with two hits while Seitter, Juergens, Hillermann, Kyle Summers (double), Feldmann and Nick Schumaker had one hit apiece
Hillermann and Himmelberg each scored twice. Juergens, Feldmann and Schumaker scored one time apiece.
Schumaker drove in two while Setter, Hillermann and Himmelberg each had one RBI.
“Nick Schumaker, had a solid day at the plate,” said Kleekamp. “He was also hit by a pitch and scored a run. Nick really works hard and is a great complement to our other catcher, Justin Baylard. John Himmelberg had another good day.”
Summers posted a sacrifice bunt while Schumaker added a sacrifice fly.
Hillermann and Schumaker were hit by pitches. Seitter stole two bases.
“Just about everybody chipped in the victory offensively,” Kleekamp said. “Even the outs we made were productive. We did a really great job of hitting with two strikes as well as hitting behind the runners. If we continue to hit the ball as well as we have over the last few games and put the ball in play with two strikes, we should be a tough matchup against any pitcher the Ninth District could throw at us.”