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Posted: Friday, June 28, 2013 7:30 pm

For the second day in a row, the Washington Post 218 Junior Legion team pulled out a dramatic victory.

Following Monday’s extra-innings win at St. Peters, Post 218 rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh Tuesday to beat West, 5-4, in Ninth District action.

“It was nice picking up a win like that,” Post 218 Manager Phillip Kleekamp said. “I think we were a little worn down after a late one last night against St. Peters. Our kids really utilized a lot of effort. We were a little bit slow today but we got a break at the end, got a rally started and our kids did a great job.”

Post 218 also beat New Haven in a league game Wednesday, 13-3.

Washington improved to 20-2 overall and 17-1 in league games with the victories.

Post 218 continues its run to the playoffs with three more league games.

On Saturday, Hannibal comes to Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field for a doubleheader. The first game starts at noon.

Post 218 goes on the road Sunday to play at Elsberry with the first pitch scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Kleekamp indicated another game, a rainout last Sunday at Central, will not be made up.


Down to its final chance, the Washington Post 218 Junior Legion team came up with enough magic to earn the victory Tuesday night at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field, 5-4.

“I’m really pleased with the boys tonight,” Kleekamp said. “I know we weren’t at 100 percent tonight.”

Post 218 trailed West 4-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning. Washington took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the first, but West tied it in the top of the third.

Washington took the lead in the bottom of the fourth, 3-2, but West rallied for two runs in the top of the fifth. And that’s how it stayed until the bottom of the seventh.

Seth Bollmann led off the inning with a single to third base. Ross Seitter then put down a bunt and it was thrown away, moving runners to second and third.

Spencer Juergens hit a fly ball to center field and it was deep enough to bring Bollmann home. Seitter advanced to third on the play as well.

Kleekamp rolled the dice with Ryan Becszlko at the plate, getting a successful squeeze bunt to bring Seitter home and end the game with the victory.

“Spencer Juergens hit a big sacrifice fly,” Kleekamp said. “Ryan Becszlko did a great job on a squeeze play to pick up the win. That was a really clutch play by him at the end.”

Kleekamp said Washington wanted to go with the squeeze play.

“We even talked about going with back-to-back squeezes since we had second and third with no outs, but after Juergens put together a good at-bat and got one in, we knew we had two guys out there who we knew would get it done in Seitter and Becszlko. They did a great job executing to perfection. It’s nice to have that when you need it.”

Scott Byrne picked up the victory, tossing 1.2 innings of hitless relief. He allowed just one walk.

“Scott did a great job coming in and keeping us in the ballgame,” Kleekamp said.

Aaron Meyer started in the game and lasted 5.1 innings. He allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks. He struck out six.

“Aaron was a little disappointed,” Kleekamp said. “I know he would tell you he didn’t have his best stuff tonight. He kept us in the ballgame.”

Offensively, Becszlko led the way with two hits, one run and an RBI.

Jack Hoey doubled and added a walk and an RBI.

Bollmann, Seitter, Nathaniel Hillermann and Justin Baylard each singled.

Bollmann scored while Seitter scored twice and also walked.

Hillermann and Baylard each drove in a run.

Juergens had an RBI via sacrifice fly. Kyle Summers walked and scored a run. Nick Thiel sacrificed.

“We were down to our last drop of gas there,” Kleekamp said. “But we hung in there and did a great job. I’m really proud of the boys today.”

Connor Whalen took the loss for West. He went the distance, 6.1 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks. He struck out three.

Tyler Castle had two hits while Eric Teal doubled.

New Haven

Post 218 continued its run through the Ninth District Wednesday with a 13-3 win over New Haven in six innings.

“We came out a bit flat tonight spotting New Haven three runs in the first inning,” Kleekamp said. “However, we turned it around and were able to put up some runs to pick up the victory.”

Becszlko got the start on the hill for Post 218.

“Ryan Becszlko got the start for us and did a good job,” Kleekamp said. “After allowing a few runs in the first, he seemed to settle in a throw more consistently allowing our defense to do the majority of the work for him.”

Thiel followed him to the mound in the fifth inning.

“We only planned to pitch Ryan four innings at the maximum, so we went to Nick Thiel in the fifth inning,” Kleekamp said. “He also threw well keeping New Haven off of the board in his two innings of work.”

Kleekamp was pleased with the team’s offense.

“Overall, I thought we took a lot of good at-bats throughout the game,” Kleekamp said. “We were able to manufacture some runs as well as get a few big hits to plate our runs. We got a little bit away from our approach in the middle innings, but I was pleased with the effort.”


Area Scoreboard


Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

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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