One step forward, one step back.
Playing two league games this past weekend, the Washington Post 218 Seniors picked up a big win Friday over Wentzville, 13-0, but fell on the road to Elsberry Saturday, 2-1.
Sunday’s game against Eureka was called off. Eureka had district games it had to make up before the playoffs.
Washington (15-8, 8-4) played Monday on the road at Westhoff Park in O’Fallon against West in a key league game. West has beaten Washington in all three meetings this season, including in the championship of the Washington Tournament. Monday’s game ended in a 4-3 West win. Information from that game is in another story.
It was a game Post 218 had been looking forward to for some time.
After falling to Wentzville June 3, 6-3, Washington was eager to show it could play a better game in the return trip.
After stopping Post 323 in the top of the first at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field, Washington went to work with three runs in the bottom of the first.
Post 218 wasn’t done, adding one run in the second, three in the third, two in the fourth and four in the bottom of the fifth inning.
That was enough to end the game after the top of the seventh, 13-0.
“We came out aggressive at the plate and got them down early and that was the story of the game,” said Post 218 Coach Kevin Juergens.
Washington took advantage of 13 hits in the game and added three walks. Six Wentzville errors also helped the Post 218 cause.
Two Washington pitchers shared the shutout.
Evan Ayers picked up the win, pitching the first five innings. He allowed one hit and five walks while striking out five.
Ryan Becszlko pitched the final two innings, allowing a pair of hits. He fanned two Post 323 batters.
“Evan Ayers had another solid outing on the mound going five innings for the win and Ryan Becszlko looked very impressive on the mound throwing the last two innings,” Juergens said.
Offensively, the night’s standout was Aaron Meyer, who went 4-4 with two runs and two RBIs. One of Meyer’s hits was a double.
Meyer was Washington’s lone batter with multiple hits. Nine other batters had one hit each.
Austin Finder singled, scored, drove in a run and was hit by a pitch.
Sam Katzung homered, scored and drove in two runs.
Noah Borgerding singled, walked and scored three times.
Nathaniel Hillermann singled, scored, drove in two and was hit by a pitch.
Spencer Juergens doubled, scored, drove in two and stole a base.
Ross Seitter singled and scored.
John Himmelberg singled.
Todd Kleekamp singled, scored, walked and stole a base.
Logan Holdmeyer had a single.
Even the two batters who did not have hits contributed.
Seth Bollmann scored a run, drove in one and stole a base.
Justin Baylard walked and scored.
“Katzung had the big home run, Meyer went 4-4 with two RBIs, Hillerman had two RBIs, and Spencer had two RBIs,” Juergens said. “That’s nice RBI totals to see from the middle of the line up.”
After Washington’s big district win Friday night, Post 218 fell on the road to Elsberry Saturday, 2-1.
“Give the Elsberry pitchers credit,” Juergens said. “Every time they needed to make a pitch they were able to do it. I think we had 10 strikeouts that game and it is very difficult to get anything going offensively when you have that many strikeouts.”
The Elsberry victory moved Post 226 into a second-place tie with Washington behind West in the district standings.
Washington scored its run in the top of the sixth inning.
Elsberry tied it in the bottom of the eighth and scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.
Washington had chances.
“We put ourselves in a good position in the top of the ninth with loading the bases with only one out, but could not push anyone across when at the time it was a 1-1 ball game,” Juergens said.
Mitch Hammack pitched the first seven innings, allowing one run on five hits and a walk. He hit one batter with a pitch and struck out five.
Meyer pitched the last 1.1 innings, taking the loss. He gave up an unearned run on three hits and a walk.
“In this game we probably wasted the best pitching outing of the year to date from Mitchell Hammack,” said Juergens.
Offensively, Post 218 was held to four hits.
Bollmann, Finder, Katzung and Meyer singled in the game.
Bollmann scored the Washington run with Katzung driving him home.
Katzung, Hillermann and Seitter drew walks.
Bollmann stole two bases while Kleekamp added one stolen base. Finder and Juergens sacrificed.
Notes — Prior to Friday’s game, Washington honored members of its 1993 and 1994 Senior Legion teams. The 1993 Washington team finished third in state.
Start time for Friday’s game was postponed to allow Wentzville time to have a ninth player arrive. The field dodged most of the rain which fell around the area.
Post 218 also introduced a new mascot Friday. Logan Holdmeyer found a large turtle (red ear slider), Reggie, in New Haven and brought it to the game.