Taking advantage in the bottom of the sixth against the relief pitching of St. Peters Post 313, Washington Post 218 captured a 6-2 Ninth District Senior Legion win at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field Tuesday night.
“I didn’t think we were as sharp as we were over the weekend,” Post 218 Manager Mike Gardner said. “We certainly need to throw more strikes and play better defense if we are going to win our district.”
Washington (5-2, 1-1) continues district play Friday night with a doubleheader against Warrenton VFW Post 2180 at 6 p.m.
Post 218 hosts Elsberry Post 226 Saturday in a doubleheader starting at 5 p.m. and heads to play the St. Charles Post 312 West team Tuesday at Blanchette Park for a pair. The first game starts at 6 p.m.
Against St. Peters (1-4, 1-4), Washington opened with two runs in the bottom of the first, but hit a wall after that.
“We did come out early and score a couple of runs to start the game and maybe we thought it was going to be easy,” Gardner said. “But give their pitcher (Grant Jacobs) some credit as he settled down and kept us off balance the rest of the way. We were fortunate to take enough good at-bats and get him out of the game.”
St. Peters pulled one run back in the top of the third and that’s how it stayed until the bottom of the sixth.
Post 218 had other chances though. In the bottom of the fourth, Washington had two runners thrown out at the plate.
In the bottom of the sixth, Adam Molitor hit a deep fly which Derick Reno flagged down near the fence.
Washington finally started to put things together in the sixth, scoring four times. Jacobs reached his pitch limit and exited.
The defense made a crucial error for Ryan Simington and he also gave up two runs in the inning.
In the top of the seventh, St. Peters got one run back, but Josh Hendrickson was able to close the game out for Quentin Ray.
Ray started and went 4.2 innings before exiting. He allowed one run on one hit and four walks while striking out three.
Hendrickson tossed the final 2.1 innings, allowing a run on five hits and a walk. He fanned three.
Jacobs went 5.2 innings while allowing four runs on six hits and five walks. He struck out two.
Simington allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits.
Offensively, Logan Gratza was Washington’s top batter with three of the eight Post 218 hits. That included a double.
Spencer Hunter, Eli Marquart and Tommy Ruether also doubled. Quinton Poepsel and Jake Jinkerson singled.
Ruether drew a pair of walks while Poepsel, Jinkerson and Justin Heggemann also walked once.
Heggemann, Jinkerson and Ruether stole bases.
Ruether and Gratza each scored twice. Jinkerson and Heggemann scored once.
Gratza and Hunter each drove in two runs. Ruether had one RBI.
For St. Peters, Peyton Hesskamp recorded two hits. Alex Pape, DJ Mclaurin, Carson Schultz and Peyton Weiner each had one hit.
Pape, Mclaurin, Schultz, Weiner and Robert Cameron walked.
Pape scored both runs. Hesskamp and Schultz drove in one run apiece.
Pape stole a base.