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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

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


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.


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