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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.”

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Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Friday, Jan. 2

Sullivan at Washington    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

Community Christian at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    7:45 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

&Borgia vs. Lutheran N    TBA

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

%St. Charles vs. Bayless    6 p.m.

%Westminster vs. Washington    7:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

%Borgia vs. St. Clair    6 p.m.

#South Callaway vs. North Callaway    6 p.m.

#Hermann vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

%Francis Howell Central vs. Union    7:30 p.m.

#Montgomery Co vs. New Bloomfield    7:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

#South Callaway-North Callaway loser vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield loser    6 p.m.

#South Callaway-North Callaway winner vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield winner    6 p.m.

Bethel at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville loser vs. Harrisburg-New Haven loser    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville winner vs. Harrisburg-New Haven winner    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

%St. Charles-Bayless loser vs. Westminster-Washington loser    4 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair loser vs. Francis Howell Central-Union loser    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

%St. Charles-Bayless winner vs. Westminster-Washington winner    7 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    7 pm.

#Seventh-place game    7:30 p.m.

Consolation game    7:30 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair winner vs. Francis Howell Central-Union winner    8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

%Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3:30 p.m.

%Consolation game    4 p.m.

%Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

#Championship game    6:30 p.m.

%Championship game    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    6:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    7:30 p.m.

%Washington Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

Girls Basketball

Friday, Dec. 26

Seckman Tournament

Mehlville vs. Northwest    noon

Festus vs. Patriettes    1:30 p.m.

Oakville vs. Seckman    3 p.m.

Pacific vs. Carnahan    4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 27

Seckman Tournament

Festus-Patriettes loser vs. Mehville-Northwest loser    noon

Pacific-Carnahan loser vs. Oakville-Seckman loser    1:30 p.m.

Festus-Patriettes winner vs. Mehville-Northwest winner    3 p.m.

Pacific-Carnahan winner vs. Oakville-Seckman winner    4:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 29

Seckman Tournament

Seventh-place game    1:30 p.m.

Third-place game    1:30 p.m.

Consolation game    3 p.m.

Championship game    3 p.m.

Rolla Tournament

St. Clair vs. Waynesville    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Rolla Tournament

St. James-Sedalia loser vs. Waynesville-St.Clair loser    2 p.m.

St. James-Sedalia winner vs. Waynesville-St. Clair winner    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 31

Rolla Tournament

Consolation game    9 a.m.

Seventh-place game    9 a.m. at MS&T

Third-place game    12 p.m.

Championship game    3 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 2

Hermann at Washington    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Bourbon    6 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 5

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

*Holt at Washington    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    5:30 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at St. Clair    7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    5 p.m.

Park Hills Central at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Cuba at New Haven    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Ft. Zumwalt South at Washington    6 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    6:15 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Borgia vs. MICDS (St. Joseph’s Academy Shootout)    12:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

Lutheran South at St Clair    5:30 p.m.

Lindbergh at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

@Washington vs. Patriettes    5:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    6 p.m.

@Helias vs. Sullivan    7 p.m.

#North Callaway vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann vs. South Callaway    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Pacific at Ursuline    4:30 p.m.

Ft. Zumwalt East at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West vs. Union    5:30 p.m.

@Borgia vs. Eureka    7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

#Harrisburg-Russellville loser vs. North Callaway-New Haven loser    6 p.m.

#Harrisburg-Russellville winner vs. North Callaway-New Haven winner    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co loser vs. Hermann-South Callaway loser    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co winner vs. Hermann-South Callaway winner    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Bethel at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Northwest at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

@Washington-Patriettes loser vs. Helias-Sullivan loser    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union loser vs. Borgia-Eureka loser    7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

@Washington-Patriettes winner vs. Helias-Sullivan winner    5:30 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

#Seventh-place game    6 p.m.

#Consolation game    6 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union winner vs. Borgia-Eureka winner    7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

@Seventh-place game    1 p.m.

#Third-place game    2 p.m.

@Consolation game    2:30 p.m.

@Third-place game    4 p.m.

#Championship    5 p.m.

@Championship    5:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Union at Warrenton    6 p.m.

Montgomery Co at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    5 p.m.

Parkway West at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    6 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

@Union Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

Wrestling

Friday, Dec. 26

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 27

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Monday, Dec. 29

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Jan. 7

*Ft. Zumwalt South at Washington     6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Washington at Granite City    4:30 p.m.

Borgia at Hancock Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Union at Liberty Quad    5 p.m.

Washington at Warrenton    6 p.m.

*Sullivan at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

*Washington at Holt/Ft. Zumwalt East    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Westminster at Pacific    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

Union at Branson    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

Borgia at Owensville Tny    9 a.m.

Washington, Pacific at 141 Rumble    TBA

Union at Branson Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 20

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt North    6 p.m.

Union at Sullivan/St. James/Warrenton    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Borgia/Washington at MICDS    4:15 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 12

Borgia at DuBourg    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Washington at Clayton    4:15 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

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

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt East/Timberland    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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