Playing with an early lead, the Washington Post 218 Senior Legion team won its opener Wednesday over Lemay Post 162 in the Blue Springs Wood Bat Tournament, 6-3.
“We played pretty well in our first game,” Post 218 Manager Mike Gardner said. “Lemay was a little tougher than expected.”
Washington (26-3) scored runs in the bottom of the first and third innings before Lemay pulled back to 2-1 in the top of the fourth.
Post 218 scored its final four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Lemay scored twice in the top of the sixth.
Post 218 continued tournament play Thursday morning with a game against St. Joseph Post 11.
Washington plays twice Friday, facing the Lee’s Summit Post 189 Outlaws at 12:30 p.m. and the Ada, Okla., Braves at 3 p.m.
All teams play once Saturday. The pool winners and three wildcards will play in the quarterfinals.
Semifinals and the championship are set for Sunday.
In Washington’s win over Lemay, Nick Helfrich got the start and he went six innings. Helfrich allowed one run on four hits, one walk and one hit batter while striking out five for the win.
“Nick threw a good game and kept them down,” Gardner said. “We gave up a couple of runs late and the game got closer than it needed to be.”
Quentin Ray pitched the final inning, allowing two runs on three hits.
Offensively, Washington managed 10 hits including a pair of Tommy Ruether triples.
Eli Marquart, Adam Molitor and Teddy Meyer also had two hits apiece.
Spencer Hunter and Justin Heggemann contributed the other two hits.
Jake Jinkerson walked twice and Ruether walked once.
Meyer, Ruether and Joe Bauer stole bases. Ruether also had a sacrifice fly.
Ruether scored twice. Marquart, Heggemann, Meyer and Bauer each scored once.
Hunter drove in three runs. Ruether and Heggemann each had one RBI.
Luc Farrow started for Lemay and took the loss. Over four innings, he allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks. He struck out two.
Logan Weatherford pitched the last two innings, allowing two hits and a walk. He fanned two.
James Whitman had three of the seven Lemay hits, including one of the team’s three doubles.
Mikael Schultheis and Ian Brouk also doubled. Zach Klevorn and Thomas Purschke each singled.
Trey Dittrich walked.
Whitman, Brouk and Schultheis scored the runs. Whitman, Klevorn and Schultheis recorded the RBIs. Aidan Crowe was hit by a pitch.