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Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 9:00 pm

It’s that time of the year again.

Fans will be flocking to Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field and other sites around the county for American Legion baseball.

Anyone familiar to the area knows that American Legion baseball games are special in this area, particularly in Washington.

Teams love to come to Washington to play at Ronsick Field because of the atmosphere, the concession stand, etc. Post 218 is able to fill up its schedule because of that.

It would seem that the Friday night home game promotion is returning once again this year. Fans really seemed to enjoy that as well.

Scott Forrester’s Post 218 Freshmen played for third place Tuesday in its own tournament after going 1-2 in the first three games.

Washington’s Memorial Day Weekend Junior Legion Tournament starts Friday. Phillip Kleekamp returns as the manager this season.

And Mike Gardner’s Post 218 Seniors will open Monday against House Springs.

There’s going to be a lot more to the area American Legion baseball scene this year as well.

Pacific Post 320 will be fielding three teams this year.

Cory Cowsert is the manager of the Post 320 Seniors and they start the season Saturday with Ninth District games against Warrenton (10 a.m.) and Elsberry (1 p.m.).

Joe Elking is the manager of the Post 320 Junior Legion program and Josh Cowsert runs the Post 320 Freshman team.

Union Post 297 rejoins the American Legion baseball program with a Junior Legion squad under Manager Ryan Bailey.

Sullivan Post 18 is fielding two teams at the Senior and Junior levels.

Under the guidance of Hansi Bloch, New Haven Post 366 will field teams at the Junior and Freshman levels.

At the Ninth District level, there are some changes.

The regular season will mean a bit more this year as only the top eight teams in each division will advance to the playoffs. That’s the same system which existed in the early ’90s and should eliminate the problem of teams which fold at the end of the regular season or heading into the playoffs.

A brief look at the Ninth District shows there are 10 Senior Legion, 12 Junior Legion and 11 Freshman Legion teams in the Ninth District this year.

Hannibal will be a part of the Ninth District once again at the Junior and Freshman levels, but not at the Senior level as it’s opting to play in the District 1-2 postseason event.

While there are some newcomers, some longtime programs are gone. O’Fallon, the Central Spartans and North Knights are not in the district this year.

But the return of Union, the expansion of Pacific and the addition of an Elsberry-Winfield Freshman Legion team have brought new blood into the district.

At the state level, Legion Representative Tom Schroeder reports a drop of 20 teams from last year statewide.

So, why is that the case?

Without having any case studies in front of me, I would suspect that drop has come for a variety of reasons.

Young athletes are being asked to specialize more and more these days. Kids who used to play the sport of the season are now concentrating on basketball, football, soccer, etc., during the summer months now rather than playing baseball.

And many of those who have chosen to compete in baseball play on select travel teams which hit showcase events around the nation in an attempt to find college homes for their players.

Some of the old rival leagues, such as SLABA and USSSA high school programs sap players and teams away from Legion ball as well, but it’s not at the levels it used to be and many of the folks who left the Legion realm after arguments with former state leaders. Most of those rifts have been mended now.

The Senior Legion Zone 1 Tournament will be held at Lindenwood University and hosted by West. Hannibal, Moberly, Chillicothe, Jefferson City, Fulton and Brookfield will be competing to join that field.

The state tournament returns to Sedalia this summer.

District 8 will host the Zone 1 Junior Legion Tournament with Jackson hosting the state tournament.

The Ninth District Tournament winner will advance to the state tournament in Washington. Post 218 also will have a spot in that field.

The Ninth District All-Star games are set for Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field as well this summer.


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


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.


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