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Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:00 am

The road to a district title was not an easy one.

But that made winning it that much sweeter.

With victories over the top two seeds, along with a thrilling comeback win, Washington’s Junior Legion baseball team definitely earned a championship plaque.

Third-seeded Washington Post 218 defeated No. 1 seed Elsberry, 3-1, on Saturday night in the championship game of the Ninth District Juniors Tournament at Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field.

“It was an impressive tournament for us,” Washington Manager Phillip Kleekamp said. “All of our kids did a great job. I can’t say enough about our boys. They did an awesome job.”

And after four impressive wins in five days, Washington earned the right to pose for pictures with the district championship plaque. The tourney hosts didn’t have an easy road to the championship. Before topping the No. 1 seed in the title game, Washington beat second-seeded Union on Wednesday, ending Post 297’s 18-game winning streak in the process. Post 218 then had to come from behind to get past St. Peters on Friday. Also, with the tourney’s new format, every team in the field was capable of making some noise, as there were no longer any “cupcake” games early in the tourney, as only the top eight teams in the district advanced to the postseason.

“This is the first year that not every team made it here,” Kleekamp said. “So every game in this tournament was legit. And we really earned it. We’ve won a lot of district championships in the past, but I don’t know if one was earned as much as this one. The Union game was a barn-burner and the St. Peters game, well that comeback was just unreal. The kids earned this and we’re very proud of them for putting it together this week.”

By winning the district tourney, Washington advances to this week’s Zone 1 Tournament. As the regular season champ Elsberry Post 226 also advanced to the Zone Tournament, which begins Thursday at Borgia.

Gus Gets It Done

Gus Kleekamp had never started a game on the mound this year for Post 218.

It was hard to tell.

Kleekamp was stellar on the hill in Saturday’s win over Elsberry, limiting the district’s regular season champion to virtually nothing in seven strong innings. The right-handed Kleekamp allowed just five hits and two walks while striking out two. He allowed no earned runs and got the win. Usually the team’s starting shortstop, Kleekamp threw first-pitch strikes to 19 of 28 batters.

“I’ve only pitched in relief so I was a little anxious,” Gus said. “But my defense really worked for me. Adam Hinson filled in really well at shortstop. And I threw a lot of first-pitch strikes and was trying to move the ball around the zone. They weren’t catching up to my fastball so I didn’t have to throw off-speed pitches very much. Everything was working well for me.”

Phillip Kleekamp said his younger brother came up big on the bump.

“Gus threw about 75 pitches in seven innings, so he was very efficient,” Phillip said. “He was aggressive in the strike zone. And our defense is one of our strengths, too.”

Just Enough Offense

Washington scored just three runs on Saturday. They were enough.

“We picked up some runs being aggressive,” Phillip Kleekamp said. “We didn’t have one big hit today, but we had enough hits overall and did enough to put some runs across.”

Washington had five hits in the game — one apiece by Gus Kleekamp, Matt Miller, Trey Hunter, Adam Hinson and Kody Halmich. Hunter and Zach Marquart had RBIs, while Cody Smith, Adam Gauzy and Hunter scored the runs.

Elsberry scored its lone run of the game in the top of the second, taking advantage of two Post 218 errors and then a single by David Dietz to score a run.

Washington responded in the bottom half. Hunter reached on an error and then Halmich doubled to center. Next, Marquart’s sacrifice fly scored Hunter for a 1-1 game.

Post 218 took the lead for good in the bottom of the third.

Gus Kleekamp singled, with Smith pinch-running. After an out, Miller was hit by a pitch. Hunter then singled to right and Smith scored. Elsberry pitcher Zach Richardson then worked out of trouble by retiring Halmich and Marquart, as Post 218 stranded the bases loaded.

Washington pushed across an insurance run in the fourth when Gauzy scored from third on a wild pitch for a 3-1 lead. Gauzy had walked and stole second. He went to third on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Kleekamp, who then kept Post 226 in check for the rest of the game to secure the win.

“This feels great,” Gus Kleekamp said. “This is the second year in a row for a lot of us. We played some tough teams, but we brought our A game. We were ready.”

After posing for pictures with the district championship, the Post 218 players dumped a cooler of water on Manager Kleekamp.

Richardson took the loss for Elsberry, allowing two earned runs in six innings. He gave up five hits and four walks.

Richardson, Payton White, Branden Bennett, Dietz and Ryan Palmer had one hit apiece for Elsberry.

Zone Tourney Next

The Zone 1 Tournament begins Thursday at Borgia.

Chillicothe and Elsberry will meet at 5 p.m. on Thursday. As the district champ, Washington (25-4) will get a bye. Post 218 will play the winner of Elsberry-Chillicothe on Friday at 1 p.m.

“We’ll sit back and see what we’re dealing with,” Phillip Kleekamp said. “Elsberry’s a tough team, so we won’t take them lightly. But we’ve beaten them twice now. We don’t know a lot about Chillicothe. But I think we’re playing some of our best baseball right now, so hopefully we can keep it going through the tournament.”

The winner of the Zone Tournament will advance to the State Tournament.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Week 10 Schedule Playoff Round 1

Friday, Oct. 24

Washington at Battle    7 p.m.

Kennedy at Borgia    7 p.m.

Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Priory at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Salem at St. James    7 p.m.

Southern Boone at Owensville    7 p.m.

Transportation and Law at Hermann    7 p.m.

Moberly at Warrenton    7 p.m.

Wright City at O’Fallon Christian    7 p.m.

Jefferson at Cuba    7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 25

St. Clair at Westminster    2:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 17

Francis Howell N 24, Washington 20

Westminster 35, Borgia 14

*Union 35, Hermann 32

*St. Clair 26, Owensville 12

*Pacific 34, St. James 22

Helias 56, Sullivan 3

Ft. Zumwalt East 42, Warrenton 0

*Clopton-Elsberry 20, Wright City 0

Saturday, Oct. 18

Hogan Prep 49, Cuba 6

Friday, Oct. 10

Holt 21, Washington 14

Borgia 42, St. Clair 7

Union 68, St. James 20

Hermann 32, Pacific 24 (OT)

Sullivan 38, Owensville 12

Orchard Farm 28, Warrenton 3

Wright City 22, North Callaway 18

Father Tolton 35, Cuba 0

Friday, Oct. 3

*Ft. Zumwalt East 62, Washington 35

*Borgia 49, St. Mary's 11

*Union 56, Owensville 16

*Hermann 38, St. Clair 0

Festus 39, Pacific 14

*Sullivan 40, St. James 10

Cuba 46, Lincoln 38

*Warrenton 47, Winfield 6

*Van-Far 24, Wright City 18

Friday, Sept. 26

Union 54, Washington 14

*Borgia 45, Duchesne 7

*St. Clair 57, St. James 55 (2 OT)

*Pacific 40, Owensville 34

*Hermann 24, Sullivan 12

Cuba 74, Liberty Wentzville 7

Parkway West 20, Warrenton 7

Mark Twain 32, Wright City 18

Softball

Sectional Games

Wednesday, Oct. 15

Bolivar 17, Sullivan 2

Mexico 5, Warrenton 4

Thursday, Oct. 16

Pacific 12, Rosati-Kain 0

Saturday, Oct. 18

Quarterfinal — De Soto 5, Pacific 2

District Tournaments

Softball

Class 4 District 4

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Northwest 11, (5) Rolla 3

Saturday, Oct. 11

(1) Lafayette 3, Northwest 1

(2) Eureka 4, (3) Washington 0

Monday, Oct. 13

Championship — Eureka 5, Lafayette 0

Class 3 District 3

At Lutheran South

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Affton 3, (5) Bishop DuBourg 2

(3) Pacific 21, (6) Bayless 0

Sunday, Oct. 12

(1) Lutheran South 11, Affton 1

Pacific 1, (2) Notre Dame 0

Championship — Pacific 2, Lutheran South 1

Class 3 District 7

At St. Dominic

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Borgia 9, (5) Wentzville Liberty 8

(3) Winfield 15, (6) O’Fallon Christian 1

Saturday, Oct. 11

At Borgia

(1) St. Dominic 12, Borgia 3

(2) Warrenton 11, Winfield 2

Championship — Warrenton 1, St. Dominic 0

Class 3 District 9

At Sullivan

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) St. James 12, (5) Owensville 3

(3) Sullivan 11, (6) St. Clair 1

Saturday, Oct. 11

At Union High School

St. James 10, (1) Union 5

Sullivan 5 (2) Salem 4 (8 innings)

Championship — Sullivan 11, St. James 6

Class 2 District 10

At New Bloomfield

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) New Bloomfield 5, (5) Belle 0

(3) South Callaway 9, (6) Hermann 0

Saturday, Oct. 11

South Callaway 7, (2) Linn 2

(1) Fatima 6, New Bloomfield 1

Championship — Fatima 7, South Callaway 4

Class 1 District 4

At Community R6, Laddonia

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Wellsville-Middletown 8, (5) New Haven 2

(3) Van-Far 4, (6) Community R6 2

Saturday, Oct. 11

(1) Clopton 13, Wellsville 0

(2) Silex 10, Van-Far 0

Championship — Silex 3, Clopton 0

Volleyball

Monday, Oct. 13

De Soto def. St. Clair, 25-20, 25-14

Warrenton at Union    5:30 p.m.

Ft. Zumwalt North def.  Pacific, 25-19, 25-21 

Fatima at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Borgia def. Hermann, 25-15, 25-11

Tuesday, Oct. 14

Panthers Home School at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

*Washington def. Ft. Zumwalt East, 25-23, 25-10

*Pacific def. St. Clair, 25-20, 25-20

*Sullivan def. Union, 25-14, 25-22

*St. James at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*New Havent def. Owensville

*Rosati-Kain def. Borgia, 25-22, 25-21

Wednesday, Oct. 15

ECC at Culver-Stockton JV    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 16

*Washington def. Ft. Zumwalt S, 25-10, 25-12

Hillsboro def. St. Clair, 25-12, 25-21

Villa Duchesne def. Borgia, 23-25, 25-13, 26-24

Friday, Oct. 17

ECC at Illinois Central Tny    TBA

Saturday, Oct. 18

Crosspoint at MAC All-Star Match    TBA

ECC at Illinois Central Tny    TBA

District Tournaments

Class 4 District 3

At Rockwood Summit

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Eureka def. (5) Pacific 25-9, 25-16

(2) Northwest def. (7) Parkway South, 25-18, 25-12

(3) Washington def. (6) Rockwood Summit, 25-21, 25-15

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) Lafayette def. Eureka, 17-25, 25-14, 25-19

Northwest def. Washington, 25-22, 25-18

Championship — Lafayette def. Northwest, 25-19, 25-20

Class 3 District 8

At Union

Monday, Oct. 20

(5) St. Clair def. (4) Union, 25-20, 25-22

(2) Sullivan def. (7) Salem, 25-7, 25-8

(3) Owensville def. (6) St. James, 14-25, 25-16, 25-19

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) Borgia def. St. Clair, 25-10, 25-6

Sullivan def. Owensville, 25-20, 20-25, 25-20

Championship — Borgia def. Sullivan, 25-7, 25-10

Class 2 District 6

At Lutheran St. Charles

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Barat def. (5) Wright City, 25-16, 24-26, 25-22

(2) Hermann def. (7) Bowling Green, 25-12, 25-18

(3) Whitfield def. (6) Montgomery County, 25-23, 25-17

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) Lutheran St. Charles def. Barat, 25-10, 25-9

Whitfield def. Hermann, 23-25, 25-23, 25-15

Championship — Lutheran St. Charles def. Whitfield, 25-18, 25-14

Class 1 District 9

At Calvary Lutheran, Jefferson City

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Smithton def. (5) Otterville, 25-12, 25-10

(3) Chamois def. (6) Bunceton, 25-23, 25-18

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) New Haven def. Smithton, 25-5, 25-7

(2) Calvary Lutheran def. Chamois, 25-14, 25-11

Thursday, Oct. 23

Championship — New Haven vs. Calvary Lutheran, 7 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Saturday, Oct. 18

Washington 1, Borgia 0 (Penalty kicks)

District Tournaments

Class 4 District 8

At Washington

Monday, Oct. 27

(1) Timberland vs. (4) Washington, 5 p.m.

(2) Troy vs. (3) Holt, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship, 5 p.m.

Class 3 District 3

At Rockwood Summit

Monday, Oct. 27

(2) Rockwood Summit vs. (3) Pacific, 5 p.m.

(1) Webster Groves vs. (4) Windsor, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship, 6 p.m.

Class 3 District 9

At Union

Monday, Oct. 27

(1) Camdenton vs. (4) Union, 5 p.m.

(2) Helias vs. (3) Rolla, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship, 6 p.m.

Class 2 District 7

At Winfield

Tuesday, Oct. 28

(1) Borgia vs. (4) Winfield, 4:30 p.m.

(2) O’Fallon Christian vs. (3) Elsberry, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship, 5 p.m.

Cross Country

Saturday, Oct. 18

Borgia Inv, 9 a.m. Varsity races at 9:45 a.m. (boys), 10:15 a.m. (girls)

Boys Swimming

Friday, Oct. 17

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt N    3:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 18

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W Inv    10:30 a.m.

*Conference Games

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