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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2013 6:30 pm

A fast start to the game made the difference for the Pacific Post 320 Juniors in a winner’s bracket contest against Elsberry in the Junior Legion Ninth District Tournament Wednesday at Ronsick Field in Washington.

In the first four innings of the game, second-seeded Pacific scored all six of its runs while keeping sixth-seeded Elsberry hitless, and held on for a 6-3 victory.

“It wasn’t easy. We jumped on them early, like we should have. But we put it in cruise control after that,” said Post 320 Manager Cory Cowsert. “We slowed down and let them back in it. Good teams usually will make you pay for that. Luckily, we picked it up in some timely spots.”

Pacific (26-4) lost to top-seeded Washington 11-5 Thursday in the winners’ bracket final.

Post 320 played in the losers’ bracket final Friday at 8:30 p.m. against either Elsberry or O’Fallon. The championship series is Saturday at 1 p.m. at Ronsick Field.

Pacific qualifies for next week’s Zone 1 Tournament by winning the district tournament or by Washington winning it.

Noah Brocato got the start on the mound for Pacific against Elsberry and earned the win. He worked 5.2 innings, allowing three runs on two hits with six walks, one hit batter and four strikeouts.

“Noah threw the ball well. He just got tired and ran out of gas. His control wasn’t always there, but he was wildly effective. He kept us in the game and got us the win,” Cowsert said. “I had to keep his bat in the game after he was done pitching, so I moved him to second base. It was hard to take Tyler Gerling out of the game.”

Ryan Ray tossed the final 1.1 innings for Post 320 to earn the save. He allowed no runs or hits with one walk and three strikeouts.

“Ryan’s curveball was nasty,” Cowsert said. “It takes a lot of confidence to throw a breaking ball on a full count in the seventh inning with nobody out and one on. Luckily, it was right on spot and he struck the batter out. That was a big pitch.”

Offensively, Pacific collected nine hits in the contest.

Leading the way was leadoff batter Alex Rice, who had three hits and scored two runs.

Allen Fitzgerald finished with two hits, two RBIs and two runs.

Brocato registered two hits (one double).

Tyler Straatmann was on base three times with one hit, one walk and was hit by a pitch. He added one RBI and one run.

Ryan Vogelgesang collected one hit, one walk and one RBI.

Drew Fonner was hit by a pitch, reached on an error and had one RBI.

Ryan Howell was hit by a pitch and scored a run.

Tyler Gerling and Brendan McMillan both drew a walk.

Pacific held the lead throughout the game, grabbing a 1-0 advantage in the bottom of the first inning.

Rice singled, moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Howell and scored on an RBI single by Straatmann.

A two-run third inning gave Post 320 a 3-0 lead.

Pacific loaded the bases when Fitzgerald singled, Straatmann was hit by a pitch and Brocato singled.

An Elsberry error off the bat of Vogelgesang followed by a wild pitch resulted in two runs to increase the lead to 3-0.

Post 320 capped its scoring with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

After Rice singled and Howell was hit by a pitch, they both scored on a two-run single by Fitzgerald, making the score 5-0.

Brocato followed with a double and Vogelgesang drew a walk to load the bases. Fonner then reached on an error to increase the lead to 6-0.

“We stranded probably 12 to 15 runners in the first four innings, and we still scored six runs,” Cowsert said. “It could have been a lot easier for us.”

Elsberry scored three runs on two hits and three walks against Brocato in the top of the fifth inning.

There was no scoring in the final two frames.

/sports

Area Scoreboard

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Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

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 at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

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

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

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 vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

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

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