When the Washington Post 218 and New Haven Post 366 Junior Legion teams last met, it was to decide the Ninth District Tournament championship.
New Haven won on that day, but the Post 218 Juniors captured an 11-2 win Tuesday in New Haven in this year’s first meeting.
Washington (8-1, 2-0) opened scoring with two runs in the top of the first and added three runs in the second.
Post 218 made it 6-0 in the fourth and 7-0 in the top of the fifth.
New Haven (0-2, 0-2) scored twice in the bottom of the fifth before Washington added four more runs in the top of the seventh.
“We had five players pick up two hits each, so that is obviously going to lead to some runs,” Washington Manager Kent Getsee said. “We showed some plate discipline again in New Haven and we hope things continue to trend this way as we move into the heart of our Ninth District season.”
Bryce Mayer started for Washington and earned the win. Over five innings, he allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits while striking out seven.
“Bryce Mayer was on the bump for us and did not disappoint,” Getsee said. “He threw five great innings and had good command. Throwing 70 percent strikes is just what we need from him and he worked well with his battery mate Nick Hellmann to mix it up. He picked up seven strikeouts and only gave up a single earned run. We’ll take that every day.”
Luke Hendrickson pitched the last two innings, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out one.
“Luke Hendrickson pitched the final two frames for us, picking up a strikeout and only allowing two hits,” Getsee said. “Luke did a great job for his first outing of the season for us. He is an athletic young man with a nice frame. If he starts leaning into it he’ll be fun to watch.”
Owen Borcherding started for New Haven and pitched five innings. He allowed seven runs (two earned) on eight hits and three walks. He struck out four.
August Panhorst pitched the final two innings, allowing four runs on four hits and two walks. He struck out one.
Levi Weber, Mayer, Jack Czeschin, Wil Heggemann and Josh Garbs recorded two hits each for Post 218.
Riley West and Hunter Coulter each had one hit.
Weber tripled while Mayer, West and Heggemann doubled.
Blake Theis drew two walks. Weber, Czeschin and Heggemann walked once.
Weber and Heggemann stole two bases. Czeschin and Coulter each had one steal.
Weber scored four runs. Drew Holtmeyer scored twice. Czeschin, Heggemann, Garbs, Coulter and Theis each scored once.
Weber, Mayer, Czeschin and Heggemann had two RBIs apiece. Garbs had one RBI.
“Offensively, Levi Weber and Wil Heggemann got it going early and often,” Getsee said. “Levi scored four times and will hit two screamers with one of them clearing the left fielders head in the first inning.”
Trent Kormeier, Justin Gauer and Isaac Vedder each had two hits for Post 366. Gavin Mueller doubled.
Trey Roettering drew the walk. Joe Perjak stole a base.
Gauer and Vedder scored the New Haven runs. Mueller recorded an RBI.
“Our defense once again played great,” Getsee said. “We had one miscue, but with the transition from grass to all dirt we had an adjustment to make. We turned a nice double play to kill a rally late in the game, so we are liking what we see.”