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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 1:30 pm

Washington Post 218 did things the hard way in capturing the Ninth District Freshman Tournament championship.

After losing its first game of the tournament to fifth-seeded Wentzville and going to losers’ bracket, top-seeded Post 218 responded with five straight wins in four days, capped by a 14-0 victory in five innings over Wentzville Sunday in Elsberry.

Washington (22-7) went 5-1 in the district tournament. Post 218 played three of its six games against Wentzville, going 2-1.

“We definitely made it hard on ourselves. We came out a little flat in that first game against Wentzville. They’ve played us tough all year. We just weren’t ready for what they threw at us and we started out on the wrong foot,” said Post 218 Manager Jordan Bierbaum. “Since then, we tried to prove what we have. We challenged our guys on who was going to show up for the rest of the tournament, and the team responded in the right way.”

By winning the Ninth District regular season title, Post 218 already was guaranteed a spot in this week’s state tournament in Branson.

Because two teams from the Ninth District advance to state and Post 218 won both the regular season and district tournament titles, the second team headed to Branson will be Elsberry, which finished in second place in the regular season standings.

Wentzville had two chances to defeat Washington and qualify for state, but couldn’t do it.

Post 218, the defending Freshman Legion state champions, opens the state tournament Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. against the host team, Branson.

The tournament will take place at Pirate Park in Branson. The address is 402 Cedar Ridge Drive, Branson, Mo. 65616.

“We’re going to go to Branson and give it our best shot, just like the other seven teams are going to do,” Bierbaum said. “At the end of the day, we’ll tip our cap if we’re not the best team. If we are the best team, that’s what we expect.”

Deciding Game

Post 218 scored early and often in Sunday’s deciding game against Wentzville.

Washington jumped to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning and added three runs in the third, six in the fourth and one in the fifth.

“It was huge to get an early lead. It speaks to the pressure that was on Wentzville. We knew we were already in state, which took a little pressure off us. They had to beat us to get to state,” Bierbaum said. “We know if we can jump on teams early, they would have to come beat us. We jumped on them with four runs in the first inning and from there we didn’t look back.”

Will Davis pitched all five innings for Post 218. He allowed no runs on four hits with no walks and six strikeouts.

“Wentzville has hit us well all year, no matter what pitcher we’ve thrown at them. They’re aggressive at the plate. For Will to shut them out says a lot about his performance,” Bierbaum said. “Will hasn’t been a big pitcher for us this year. He doesn’t have a lot of starts. That might have been the first time he pitched in two weeks. It was a gut feeling on my part. I knew if he was on, it would be our day. Fortunately for us, it was.”

Post 218 collected 11 hits, three walks and took advantage of five Wentzville errors.

Leading the attack were Gus Kleekamp and Blake Pickard, who both were 3-3 at the plate.

Pickard also scored four runs and had two RBIs. Kleekamp added one walk, two runs and one RBI.

Trey Hunter finished with two hits and two RBIs.

Tyler Miller registered one hit, two RBIs and one run.

Joseph Grant added one hit, two runs and one RBI.

Davis finished with one hit and one run and was hit by a pitch.

Garrett Leimkuehler walked and scored. Nik Alferman and Kody Halmich both had one RBI and one run. Halmich also was hit by a pitch twice. Chris Schweissguth drew a walk.

Wentzville Saturday

Washington forced a second and deciding game in the championship series with a 9-4 victory Saturday over Wentzville.

Post 218 held a 3-2 lead until it put the game away with four runs in the top of the sixth inning and two more in the seventh.

Washington scored two runs in the top of the first and one in the second.

“It was a back-and-forth battle. We made just enough plays when we needed to and toward the end of the game. We got a few runs late in the game and put them away,” Bierbaum said. “I think that win for us hurt Wentzville more than our win against them in the deciding game. You could tell they were kind of out of it in the deciding game.”

James Dyson pitched 3.1 innings to earn the win. He allowed two runs, one earned, on one hit with four walks and two strikeouts.

Justin Repp worked 3.2 innings. He allowed two unearned runs on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

Kleekamp (one double), Leimkuehler and Grant each collected two hits for Post 218.

Leimkuehler added two RBIs and two runs. Kleekamp had two RBIs and one run. Grant scored two runs.

Hunter, Davis and Halmich each added one hit and one run. Halmich also was hit by a pitch.

Pickard and Alferman both had one hit and one RBI. Miller had one hit and one walk. Jeremy Monehan scored a run.

“It was a tough week. To come up here five days in a row, that’s an hour and 15-minute drive. When you put yourself in the losers’ bracket, that’s what you’re faced with,” Bierbaum said. “When you factor in the drive every day, I think it makes what our team was able to do even more impressive.”


Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Northwest vs. Hillsboro   5:30 p.m.

~Chamois vs. New Haven    6 p.m.

~Warrenton vs. Wright City    6 p.m.

^Union vs. St. Clair    7 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Montgomery Co    7:30 p.m.

~Owensville vs. St. James    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Washington    7 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Borgia at Notre Dame    6:45 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union vs. Wentzville Liberty   4 p.m.

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Pacific vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — St. Clair vs. Holt   7 p.m.

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington vs. Warrenton    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament


Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Union at Farmington/Summit    5 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James/Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Washington at Seckman    6 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    TBA

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at Potosi/Festus    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games