Daniel Boone Post 262 swept West during the Ninth District Senior Legion regular season.
But this is the playoffs and the O’Fallon team picked the right time to pick up its first win over Daniel Boone Thursday, opening Zone 1 Tournament play with a 13-8 victory.
West advances to play St. Charles Post 312 in what amounts to the Ninth District arm of the event at Lindenwood University in St. Charles.
Daniel Boone plays Hannibal Post 55, an 11-2 loser to Jefferson City Post 5, in Friday’s losers’ bracket game.
Jefferson City, the defending zone champion, waits in the winners’ bracket final Saturday at 10 a.m.
The tournament runs through Sunday with the first championship game set for 1 p.m.
In Thursday’s opener, West scored three times in the bottom of the second, but Daniel Boone equalized in the top of the third.
West broke the game open with five runs in the fifth and added one in the sixth.
Daniel Boone got one run back in the seventh, but West scored twice in the bottom of the frame. Post 262 rallied for four runs in the eight, but West picked up two insurance runs in the bottom of the inning and escaped with the win.
West started Ryan Franklin and he earned the win, lasting 7.2 innings and throwing 120 pitches. He allowed eight runs (three earned) on 11 hits while striking out seven. He also hit two batters with pitches.
David Wright closed out the game, allowing one hit over 1.1 innings.
Josiah Longenecker started for Daniel Boone and took the loss, going 4.2 innings. He allowed seven runs (four earned) on five hits and three walks while striking out three.
Alex Schoenherr pitched 1.2 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits and two walks.
Ryan Meyer was next, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits.
Justin Horace, a Borgia graduate, got the final out.
West got triples from Bobby Ehrlich and Nick Preiss. Nick Cessna doubled.
Justin Fawcett, Cessna, Eric Teal, Ehrlich and Preiss each had two hits for West.
Ehrlich drove in three runs while Fawcett, Jordan White, Kyle Case, Cessna and Preiss each scored twice. White drew two walks.
For Daniel Boone, Austin Forney led the way with three hits, including two doubles.
Horace, Eric Huenke, Brendan Trimble and Brian Land doubled.
Land and Trimble each had two hits. Forney scored twice and Land drove in four runs.
In the other game, Trevor Schnieders pitched for Jefferson City.