Can the Washington Post 218 Seniors defend their title this season?

This season’s Washington Post 218 Wood Bat Invitational Tournament takes place June 15-17 at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field and St. Francis Borgia Regional High School.

Post 218 defeated Brown’s Baseball Academy of Rolla last year for the title, but faces many noted challengers for this year’s title.

The eight-team field consists of several top programs from around the state.

Pool A in this year’s event consists of Ballwin Post 611 and Manchester Post 208 of the 10th District, defending state champion Jefferson City Post 5 and Ninth District team St. Charles Post 312.

Pool B consists of Washington, Columbia Post 202, Thoman Boothe Post 339 and Kansas City’s Fike Post 499.

Pool games have a seven-inning or two-hour time limit. 

Pool play starts Friday, June 15, with four games at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field.

Ballwin faces Manchester in the noon game to start the event. Columbia plays Thoman Boothe at 2:30 p.m. and Jefferson City faces St. Charles at 5 p.m.

The nightcap is Washington against Fike at 7:30 p.m.

Games Saturday will be played at two locations as pool play concludes.

At Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field, Columbia faces Fike at noon and Washington at 2:30 p.m.

Thoman Boothe then plays Fike at 5 p.m. and Washington at 7:30 p.m.

It’s an earlier start at Borgia as that field has no lights. Ballwin plays Jefferson City at 10 a.m. and St. Charles at 12:30 p.m.

Manchester plays Jefferson City at 3 p.m. and St. Charles at 5:30 p.m.

After Saturday’s action, the pools will be seeded. Most wins will determine the seeding, but if teams are tied, the next decider is head-to-head result. If more than two teams are tied, it could go to least runs allowed, most runs scored or a coin toss as a final tiebreaker.

Games Sunday at Borgia will be the consolation contests. The third-place teams from each pool face each other at noon and the fourth-place teams from each pool play each other at 2:30 p.m.

At Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field, the Pool A winner plays the Pool B runner-up at noon. The Pool B winner then plays the Pool A runner-up at 2:30 p.m.

The championship game takes place at 5 p.m.

There are no time limits for the semifinal or championship games.