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With a stellar regular season (27-9 overall, 17-5 league) in the books the Elsberry Post 226 AA Baseball team set their sights on a possible district championship last week.
Elsberry finished the season in second place in league play earning them a first round bye. They would get St. Charles in the second round, who had just mauled Wentzville 30-1 in their opening game of the district tournament.
Left handed pitcher Josh Phillips took the mound for Head Coach Joe Pott.
“He pitched a great game,” said Pott.
Phillps threw a two hit complete game shutout in the 10-0 victory.
“We told the boys to come out swinging, put up some runs and play strong defense. We told them everything we worked hard for all season comes down to the District Tournament,” said Pott.
Post 226 did just that jumping out to an early 2-0 lead in the first, then adding another four runs in the second. Coach Pott said his team never let up and played one of the best all-around games of the year.
“Our job as coaches is to help them become better players as a team by the end of the season, than we were at the beginning. They proved it in a 10-0 win in five innings against St. Charles on Sunday night in our last game we will play in Elsberry this season,” said Coach Pott. “We hit the ball hard from start to finish.”
Hitting was led by Dave Goddard and Brad Jordan who both went 2 for 3 and hits by Dillon Brockman, Ethan Pott, Wyatt Groshong and Dylan Howard to round out the game. That win put Elsberry in the final four on the winners side of the bracket with the next game against Daniel Boone.
Elsberry played Daniel Boone in the quarter finals and lost 6-4 at the Rec-Plex in St. Peters on Tuesday, July 10. Daniel Boone scored four runs in the first to jump out to a quick lead.
“We told our boy’s not to worry that we will get them back,” said Coach Pott.
Elsberry did just that as they answered with two in the fourth on back to back RBI’s by Pott and Groshong.
They scored two more in the fifth on an RBI double by Howard and an RBI single by Steven Tow to tie the score 4-4, but Daniel Boone scored two in the top of the seventh and Elsberry was unable to rally and lost 6-4.
“We told the boy’s it now will take three straight wins to get to the championship game,” said Coach Pott.
The loss put Post 226 in the bottom half of the bracket where they played O’Fallon the next night on June 11 in St. Peters.
Tow took the mound for Elsberry with O’Fallon scoring a run in the top of the fourth to make it 1-0, but with two outs in the bottom of the fourth Groshong hit a double for two RBI’s, followed by an RBI single by Pott and a couple of errors by O’Fallon which found Elsberry with a 9-1 lead after four innings.
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