Washington hopes to follow in Missouri officials’ footsteps at regional tournament | Sports
WASHINGTON, Mo. – In 2019, one of the teams representing the state of Missouri won the Mid-South Regional Tournament at Duncan Field, qualifying for the American Legion World Series Baseball in Shelby, North Carolina. In 2021, Washington Post 218 would be more than happy to become Missouri’s second consecutive representative to capture the Mid-South Crown.
Washington enters the tournament as the Missouri State Champion after a dominant tournament. In the three games played, the Post 218 scored 40 points and allowed just 12. As the team managed to overtake every opponent they faced, Washington head coach Kent Getsee , said his team was always tested by stiff competition.
âOur state tournament was a little hairy, but we came out on the other side. Oak Grove is a good team and they play baseball a lot like us, so we had our hands full with them, âhe said. âWe won both games against them, but it was not without stress, as you can hear in my voice. When you’re up against teams that, like us, play well on defense and kick the ball, it can be difficult to have a good game. But we ended up winning three straight games and winning the tournament, and that’s all we could ask our guys for.
Getsee said this year’s squad is not as big as it usually has been. There were several players who had to finish the summer early in order to show up to college to start the football season. The reduced number of players has prompted the coaching team to change their approach when it comes to handling situations as well as working on more details in practice. Getsee saw these changes pay off as the season wore on, saying his team started playing some of their best baseball by the end of the year.
âWe have a smaller roster than we normally have, but we have all the right pieces that are in place,â he said. âAs coaches we had to give ourselves a learning curve not to have these extra guys that we would normally have, so that’s how it started. As we grew and the guys got into their roles, we found a good rhythm. So far, it’s been going well for us. “
Getsee said his team have shown a good balance of punches and throws throughout the year, especially during the state tournament. He said that, like most teams that advance this deep in the season, Washington has relied on two or three starters to carry most of the workload while keeping the offense alive. at the right time.
The sticks at Station 218 started the season fairly quietly before the coaches worked on the players’ approaches at home plate. Figuring out how to hit certain types of pitchers in certain situations helped the Washington hitters put the team in position to be the state champion.
âWe worked with them to try to get them to understand what we want them to do, depending on what type of pitcher is on the mound. Now they sort of know and they click even better as the games go along. They know what kind of adjustments to make, âGetsee said. âWe hit the ball pretty well and we’re playing better defense than at the start of the season. When you combine these two things, you usually do quite well.
Post 218 last played in a regional tournament in 2015, when he replaced the Iowa state champion. Prior to that, Washington had won just three state titles: 1957, 1989 and 2012. This year’s squad is heading to the Mid-South tournament with a 22-12 record.
Washington drew the Hastings Five Points Bank Chiefs in the first round, playing in the day one nightcap against the host team. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m., the winner will face the representatives of Iowa or Colorado. Oak Grove – the Missouri runner-up – is on the other side of the rack and will play in the 10-hour game against the Kansas State champions Pittsburgh Post 64 Patriots.
The Missouri state championship game just played out on Saturday, so Missouri officials struggled to put their travel plans in order, let alone find time to keep their skills up to date. But Getsee said he would much rather face the chaos of the quick turnaround than at the end of the season.
âWe’re a little behind the eight ball to sort things out. We practically worked non-stop, organizing things for our players and our families. But it is a labor of love; we do it because we love to do it, âhe said. âUnlike many American Legion teams, our organization is 100% volunteer. We have other jobs, things we have to do in between getting things ready. “
Washington Post List 218
Sam Turilli, P; Sam Paule, SS; Zach Coulter, SS; Cody Vondera, C; Louis Paule, 1B; Ethan Mort, P; Danish Eckhoff, 2B; Blake Whitlock, P; Jarrett Hamlett, LF; Luc Kleekamp; Gavin Matchell, P; Morgan Copeland, P; Calvin Straatmann, 2B; Jacob Baldwin, 1B; Ethan Etter, P; Logan Dieckman, P