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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

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games