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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

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