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Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014 1:00 pm

Unbelievable.

Remarkable.

Unforgettable.

All three words are ways to describe Washington’s epic come-from-behind victory on Thursday night.

In a game that appeared to be all but over, Post 218’s Freshmen pulled off a miraculous comeback for the ages.

Washington rallied from an eight-run deficit and shocked Jackson, winning 12-10 in a second round game of the Missouri Freshmen Legion State Tournament at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field.

Jackson Post 158 had a 9-1 lead after five innings, but Post 218 rallied for six runs in the sixth and five more in the seventh to take the lead, doing most of the damage with two outs in both innings. Post 158 failed to score in the bottom of the seventh and the hosts were celebrating a victory they’ll likely never forget.

“That’s got to be one of the best comebacks I’ve ever seen,” Washington Manager Scott Forrester said. “That was a phenomenal win for our team. It’s not easy when you’re down 9-1 against a quality team with a pitcher who can throw 80 mph. We did what we needed to do. We got some base runners on and we got the hits when we needed to.”

Forrester added the comeback win shows that his team has some heart and resiliency.

“Even though they’re a young team this shows that they believe in themselves and they know they’re a good team that can win games,” Forrester said.

Washington (28-10) advanced to take on Ste. Genevieve Post 150 on Friday afternoon in the winners’ bracket final. Ste. Genevieve knocked off Creve Coeur, 4-2, on Thursday. The winner of Friday’s Washington-Ste. Genevieve game will advance to the tourney’s title game on Saturday at 1 p.m. The loser of that game will play on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Washington, which got past Eureka in the first round on Wednesday, got four RBIs from Eli Marquart and three from Drew Piontek. Jacob Unnerstall drove in two runs on three hits, while Zach Finley had one RBI. Nathan Breckenkamp, Finley, Teddy Meyer, Drew Piontek and Tommy Ruether all scored two runs apiece.

Marquart started on the mound and went 4.2 innings. He gave up nine runs, walked four and struck out three. Zach Stahlman came in and earned the win in relief, allowing no earned runs in 2.1 innings. Stahlman struck out three and allowed just two hits.

Jackson, a first round winner over Glendale, got three RBIs from Colten Weber and two from Tyler Knight. Landen Pehle, Drew Brown and Knight had three hits apiece. Dalton Hovis went six innings and allowed seven earned runs. He struck out six and walked six. Weber allowed four earned runs in one inning and took the loss.

Jackson’s starting pitcher Hovis was nearly unhittable over the first two innings, as he struck out five of the first six batters he faced utilizing a nice fastball.

Post 158 scored three runs in the first inning and one in the second. Washington got on the board in the third, as Finley singled with two outs and then Ruether walked. Drew Piontek then singled and Finley scored, cutting Jackson’s lead to 4-1.

But Post 158 erupted for five runs in the fifth inning for a comfortable 9-1 lead.

Washington didn’t give up. They rallied instead.

Post 218 got going in the top of the sixth, putting together a two-out rally. Meyer singled, Breckenkamp walked and then Quinton Poepsel singled, loading the bases. Finley drew a walk and a run scored. Breckenkamp then scored on a passed ball, making it 9-3. After Ruether walked, Drew Piontek drove in a run with a single. Marquart then came up big, lining a three-run double to left to make it 9-7 before Jackson got out of the inning.

Post 158 pushed a run across in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI double from Chase Mueller to make it 10-7.

Washington then took its first lead in the top of the seventh against relief pitcher Weber. Meyer and Breckenkamp both walked and then Poepsel and Finley were retired and Jackson was one out away from the win. But Ruether drew another walk to load the bases. Next, Drew Piontek and Marquart both drew walks and two runs scored. After a pitching change, Unnerstall greeted Jackson’s Brown by lining an RBI single up the middle. Jackson’s center fielder misplayed the ball, allowing two more runs to cross the plate on the error. Just like that, Washington led 12-10.

In the bottom of the seventh, Stahlman sent down Jackson in order, finishing off the game with a strikeout to secure the thrilling victory.

The victory likely left all those in attendance wondering, “Did that really just happen?”

Forrester noted numerous players contributed to the win, but added that Stahlman would get the game ball.

“Jacob Unnerstall probably had the biggest hit of the game for us, but we gave the ball to Zach Stahlman,” Forrester said. “He came in to pitch and pretty much shut them down the last two innings. That sealed the deal for us and it was an awesome win.”

Unnerstall said he and his teammates never thought the game was over.

“This shows that we’re not just going to roll over,” Unnerstall said. “We’ve come back before.”

Unnerstall added there’s still work to do.

“This one was exciting,” he said. “But now we have to keep it going the rest of the tournament.”

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Area Scoreboard

Football

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

Softball

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.

Volleyball

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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