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Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014 5:00 pm

When the season began, the state of Missouri had 35 Freshman Legion baseball teams competing.

At the end of the season, Washington Post 218 is the only one left standing.

The Post 218 squad won the 2014 Missouri Freshmen Legion State Tournament on Sunday with a 3-0 nail-biter of a victory over Ste. Genevieve at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field.

Washington’s youngsters put it all together at the end of the season and proved they were the best of the eight-team tournament field that was played here last week.

The Post 218 team played great defense, had stellar pitching and also got some clutch hitting from different players game after game. Everyone contributed nicely.

But early in the season, a state championship didn’t look very likely for Post 218.

After a June 1 loss to St. Charles, Post 218 was 5-6 overall.

At that point, just having a winning record for the season wasn’t a given.

But something clicked within the team.

Washington Manager Scott Forrester said it was simply confidence.

“We believed in these kids all year long,” Forrester said of his coaching staff. “It just took a little longer to get the boys to believe in themselves. But once they did, they never looked back. We had one heck of a run. We went on a 19-2 run. The kids realized they could play.”

Washington’s freshmen got on a roll in June, winning 16 of 18 games, with one of those losses to Ste. Genevieve, 1-0.

The month of July began with five-straight wins. During that five-game stretch, Post 218 outscored its opponents 46-2.

While Washington did drop two-straight games to St. Charles to end the regular season, the team put it all together at the state tournament.

Washington went 5-1 en route to the championship to finish 31-11 for the season..

Forrester said he was not surprised by his team’s showing at state.

“You have to believe,” he said. “Like I said, once they started to believe, they never looked back.”

And when thinking of his team’s stellar season, Forrester had one final thought.

“And we’re going to get all of these players back next year,” he said.

218 Coaching Staff

Forrester had plenty of help with the Post 218 Freshmen this summer.

Jordan Bierbaum, Joe Kopmann, Jack Kopmann and Phil Mallinckrodt all assisted Forrester with the coaching duties this summer.

Good Sportsmanship

Tom Schroeder, a member of the Missouri Legion Baseball Commission, was a fixture at the state tournament last week at Ronsick Field.

Before the title game on Sunday, Schroeder complimented both Washington and Ste. Genevieve’s teams, their coaches, and their parents and fans for carrying themselves well all week in Washington, showing good sportsmanship all tourney long.

Gary Stone, Missouri American Legion department chairman, also attended the tournament and took part in postgame award festivities.

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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

Normandy vs. Carnahan, 5:30 p.m.

Pacific vs. Rockwood Summit, 7 p.m.

North Tech vs. Union, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North vs. Carnahan, 5 p.m.

CBC vs. Soldan, 6:30 p.m.

Borgia vs. North Tech, 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North vs. Normandy, 6 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter vs. Pacific, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation, noon

Gold Consolation, 1:30 p.m.

Gold Third Place, 3 p.m.

Blue Third Place, 4:30 p.m.

Blue Championship, 6 p.m.

Gold Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Boys Basketball

Tuesday, Nov. 25

New Haven at Belle    6 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 1

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 2

Festus at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

#St. Clair vs. St. Vincent    6 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Dec. 3

#St. Clair vs. Jefferson    6 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Thursday, Dec. 4

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Friday, Dec. 5

Washington at Union    7 p.m.

#Crystal City Tny    5/6:30/8 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Girls Basketball

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Washington 61, St. Clair 49

Saturday, Nov. 29

@Pacific vs. North County    2 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 1

St. Louis Patriettes at Union    7 p.m.

&Pacific vs. Marquette    7 p.m.

St. Clair at Clayton Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 2

St. Clair at Clayton Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Dec. 3

&Pacific vs. Ft. Zumwalt West/Rosati-Kain    4/5:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Clayton Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Thursday, Dec. 4

St. Clair at Clayton Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Friday, Dec. 5

Washington at Union    7 p.m.

Pacific at Marquette Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Wrestling

Tuesday, Dec. 2

Washington at Owensville/Rolla    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 3

Union at Ladue    5 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 4

Union, Borgia at Washington    6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 5

Washington, Pacific at Westminster Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Thursday, Dec. 4

Borgia at Burroughs    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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