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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.


Area Scoreboard


Friday, Sept. 19

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

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    7 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    7 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    7 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    7 p.m.

Ash Grove at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Brentwood    7 p.m.

*St. Charles West at Warrenton    7 p.m.

South Callaway at Wright City     7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24


Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    5 p.m.

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

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

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

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

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

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

*Conference Games

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