Bouncing back from its first league loss, the Washington Post 218 Junior Legion team rolled to a 13-1 win over St. Charles Post 312 in Blanchette Park Thursday.
Washington improved to 9-2 overall, 3-1 in the Ninth District ,with the win.
“Every guy in the lineup had at least one hit and that is something any coaching staff likes to see,” Post 218 Manager Kent Getsee said. “Hopefully that trend will continue as we work our way into the weekend.”
Post 218 hosts Hannibal Post 55 Saturday at 10 a.m. That’s a change. Washington had been scheduled to host Kirkwood in the afternoon, but that game has been called off.
Post 218 then hosts West Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
In Thursday’s game, Post 218 set the tone with two runs in the top of the first and single runs in the second and third innings.
Washington scored twice in the fifth, once in the sixth and six times in the seventh. St. Charles scored its lone run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
“Offensively, we came out ready,” Getsee said. “We put a run on the board in every inning except the fourth. The two runs in the first were key as that set the stage for the balance of the game. We’ve been asking the guys to grind out every at-bat and we really did against St. Charles. When your top four hitters collect at least two hits apiece good things are going to happen and we did just that.”
Bryce Mayer recorded three hits while Levi Weber, Jack Czeschin, Brandon Stahlman and Nick Hellman each had two hits.
“Bryce Mayer led the way for us with three hits and scoring three times,” Getsee said. “Nick Hellmann, who’s been doing the lion’s share of our catching had a nice day at the plate going 2-4 as well.”
Wil Heggemann, Riley West, Drew Holtmeyer and Dylan Erb each recorded one hit.
Czeschin doubled twice and West doubled once.
West and Holtmeyer each walked twice. Weber, Czeschin, Stahlman and Heggemann walked once. Stahlman was hit by a pitch.
Holtmeyer and Stahlman each stole two bases. Weber, Garbs, Czeschin, Mayer and Heggemann had one steal apiece.
Stahlman added a sacrifice fly.
Mayer crossed the plate three times. Czeschin, Stahlman and Garbs scored twice. Weber, Heggemann, Holtmeyer and Erb scored one run apiece.
Mayer, Stahlman, Heggemann and West each had two RBIs. Weber, Czeschin and Hellman drove in one run.
Blake Theis got the start and threw five innings for the win. He allowed one hit and three walks while striking out six.
“Blake Theis took the hill for us and did a great job of improving his skills and getting us a win along the way,” Getsee said. “It was just his second outing and he settled in and did fantastic picking up six strikeouts and not allowing a run. When he cuts down his walks he’s going to be really tough. He’s a competitor and is diligently working on improving.”
Jared Schrader pitched one inning, striking out one. He did the work on six pitches.
Kaden Straatmann pitched the seventh, allowing a run on two hits.
“Jared Schrader and Kaden Straatmann both came in for an inning of work as we needed to keep them sharp and they were their usual solid outings,” Getsee said. “Our defense was solid as a rock behind our pitchers. Bryce Mayer made two great plays at short, cutting down runners trying to advance to third and killing any type of rally and Wil Heggemann made a really tough play in the outfield hauling in a hard fly in the gap.”
Sean McRaven pitched six innings for St. Charles and took the loss.
Chase Tennyson and James Garbe split the seventh.
Jerry Cooper, Tennyson and Garbe recorded the hits. Tennyson doubled.