Heading to Fireman’s Park in Wentzville Saturday, the Washington Post 218 Seniors only needed a split in a doubleheader against Post 323 South to claim the Ninth District regular season title.

They did even better, getting the sweep over Wentzville South, 14-2 and 12-0.

Post 218 (25-3, 19-1) secured the regular season title in the opener along with a Zone 1 Tournament berth. In the second game, Quentin Ray threw a no-hitter.

“It was really a great way to end the regular season,” Washington Post 218 Manager Mike Gardner said. “I cannot remember having won so many games in a row with the starting pitchers going the distance in each game. I believe that goes all the way back to the finals of our tournament.  Over that time we have had two no-hitters and the most runs allowed in any one game has been two runs. We have used seven different starters:  Nick Helfrich, Eli Marquart, Joe Hackmann, Logan Gratza, Jake Jinkerson, Quentin Ray, and Teddy Meyer.”

First Game

Heading into the game knowing it could end the Ninth District pennant chase with a win, Post 218 needed a few innings to get comfortable at Fireman’s Park.

Wentzville South scored first, getting a run in the bottom of the first.

Washington struck back with four runs in the third and added eight runs in the fourth.

Both teams scored in the fifth. Washington scored twice and Wentzville added one additional run.

Logan Gratza pitched the complete game, allowing two runs on six hits over five innings. He walked four and struck out five while using 79 pitches.

Offensively, Washington had five hits, but added 13 walks.

Justin Heggemann had the biggest hit, a grand slam home run.

Adam Molitor doubled while Tommy Ruether, Jake Jinkerson and Tyler Glosemeyer singled.

Jinkerson, Spencer Hunter, Quinton Poepsel and Teddy Meyer each walked twice. Ruether, Gratza, Heggemann, Michael McElwain and Glosemeyer walked once.

Meyer added a sacrifice fly.

Poepsel crossed the plate three times. Jinkerson, Gratza and Heggemann scored twice. Ruether, Hunter, Molitor, Meyer and Glosemeyer scored once.

Heggemann drove in five runs. Ruether, Jinkerson and Molitor each had two RBIs. Bryce DeCoster, Meyer and Glosemeyer each drove in one run.

Second Game

The second game also lasted five innings, but it was all Washington.

Post 218 scored one run in the second, five in the third and six more in the fourth. That was more than enough offense for starter Ray, who threw a no-hitter on 54 pitches. He allowed two walks while striking out a pair.

Offensively, Ruether had four of the nine Washington hits, including a triple.

Josh Hendrickson had two hits. Meyer, Poepsel and McElwain each had one hit.

Washington had four walks. DeCoster drew two of them. McElwain and Joe Bauer each walked once.

Heggemann, Hendrickson, McElwain, Poepsel and Bauer were hit by pitches.

Ruether stole three bases. Poepsel and Bauer each had two steals. DeCoster, Glosemeyer, Heggemann and Hendrickson stole one base apiece.

Heggemann, Hendrickson, Bauer and DeCoster each scored two runs. Ruether, Poepsel, Glosemeyer and McElwain each scored once.

Ruether recorded three RBIs. Jinkerson had two, including one on a sacrifice fly. Hendrickson, McElwain, Bauer and DeCoster each drove in one run.