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Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2014 12:00 pm

Bouncing back from its first loss of the season Friday, the St. Charles Post 312 Freshman Legion team captured the Ninth District Tournament championship during the weekend, beating Washington Post 218 twice, 5-2 and 2-0.

“It was a roller coaster weekend for sure,” Post 218 Manager Scott Forrester said. “Overall I am very proud of what this team has accomplished. The win Friday and the close nature of both games Saturday and Sunday shows me we can compete with anyone when we play our game.”

Both teams advance to this week’s State Tournament at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field. St. Charles faces the Ste. Genevieve at 1 p.m. Wednesday while Washington (26-10) will play the Eureka Post 177 at 7 p.m.

“It was a great building opportunity going into the State Tournament,” Forrester said. “I think the Ninth district will be represented well with us and St. Charles.”

After losing for the first time this season Friday night to Washington, St. Charles bounced back to beat Elsberry-Winfield Saturday in the losers’ bracket final and then beat Washington, 5-2, to bring everyone back Sunday.

In the winner-take-all contest, St. Charles prevailed, 2-0.

“I was disappointed Saturday because I felt the team didn’t give the effort needed to win a big game like that,” Forrester said. “Sunday was a great game and a couple of mistakes was the difference. The team showed up and played well but St. Charles played just a little better. We had opportunities both Saturday and Sunday. We just could not get the runs when we needed.”

There was one common theme for both days — the heat and humidity. Both days were sunny, hot and humid.

Saturday Game

Coming back from an earlier game, St. Charles broke on top in the third inning, scoring three runs.

Post 312 added two more runs in the fourth and needed all of them.

Post 218 left the bases loaded in the sixth and seventh innings.

In the bottom of the seventh, Post 218 started with walks to Teddy Meyer and Quinton Poepsel and both came around to score.

Washington had the bases loaded with Poepsel scoring on a walk to Drew Piontek in the seventh, putting the winning run at the plate. However, Hunter Kline was able to strike out the next two batters to secure the win for St. Charles.

Tommy Ruether had two of the five Washington hits in the game. One of those was a double. He also walked.

Nathan Breckenkamp had one hit and two walks.

Washington’s other hits, both singles, came from Eli Marquart and Matt Piontek.

Poepsel walked twice and scored.

Drew Piontek walked and drove in a run. Meyer added a walk and a run.

On the hill, Zach Stahlman started and took the loss for Washington. Over five innings, he allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits and one walk. He struck out three.

Matt Piontek finished, throwing two scoreless innings. He walked three and struck out one.

For St. Charles, TJ Young was the winner, going six innings. He allowed five hits and two walks and struck out five.

Jordan Dowdall followed and allowed two runs on four walks while getting two outs.

Kline earned the save by striking out the final two batters. He also walked one.

Brendan Krupp and Jaron Graner doubled for St. Charles. Drew Cannon, Bryce Labarge, Nick Debeer, Young, Luke Hardin and Dowdall singled.

Hardin scored two runs while Cannon, Kline and Krupp each scored once.

Cannon, Labarge, Young, Hardin and Graner drove in runs. Cannon and Labarge stole bases.

Sunday Game

After Saturday’s outcome, the teams returned Sunday afternoon to determine the district champion. Both teams already had qualified for the state tournament this week in Washington.

Playing for pride and plaques, both teams went out and gave the crowd the type of championship game worthy of the district’s elite squads.

The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth inning, when St. Charles pushed its first run across.

Meisner reached on an error and stole second. With two outs, Krupp drilled a ground-rule double over the center field fence to bring Meisner home.

St. Charles added an insurance run in the seventh. Krupp’s third hit of the game, and second double, opened the inning. He came home on a sacrifice fly by Dylan Hallgren.

Krupp had to return to the plate just in front of the diving tag attempt by Meyer to have the run counted.

Washington had its chances in the game and stranded runners in scoring position in the second, fourth and fifth innings.

Pitching was strong for both teams, Cannon earning the shutout, holding Washington to four hits and three walks. He struck out seven batters.

For Post 218, Unnerstall went the distance, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and one walk. He struck out three.

Drew Piontek had three of the Washington hits, all singles.

Meyer had the other hit.

Zach Finley walked twice and Unnerstall walked once. Ryan McDermott stole a base.

For St. Charles, Krupp had three hits, including two doubles. He scored once and drove in a run.

Tyler Oetting had the other hit. Meisner scored and stole a base. Labarge drew a walk.


Area Scoreboard


Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24


Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    5 p.m.

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    3:30 p.m.

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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