Post 150 Zone Tournament

Ste. Genevieve’s Chad Donze (left) slid into third base while Festus third baseman Eddie Martin (21) anticipated a throw and Ste. Genevieve assistant coach Jason Blum (right) instructed Donze to get down during Sunday’s zone championship game. Festus won the first game to force a second game, but Post 150 triumphed in the second game to win the zone tournament. (Photos by Jason Viox/Herald staff)

Just like the district tournament, Ste. Genevieve had the advantage over Festus in the zone tournament when all Post 150 needed was one win to win the championship.

When Post 253 claimed the first zone championship game, however, Festus had the chance to deny Ste. Genevieve a tournament title for the second straight weekend.

Jayden Gegg didn’t let that happen.

The starting pitcher, who was pulled up from junior legion to senior legion to help fill in for some injuries, worked his way out of a few jams, and Ste. Genevieve put together enough timely hits on its way to a 6-3 win for its first zone tournament title since 2016.

“I’m going to tip my hat to Jayden Gegg,” said Ste. Genevieve head coach Junie Basler. “What a bulldog performance. He gave us five tough innings. The last two batters he was starting to cramp up in the legs and got us through the inning. We got Zach [Boyer] in, gave up a couple in the sixth, but got us out of a tough situation, and Logan [Gegg] came in and closed it. We had some timely hitting, and I thought overall it was a pretty good performance.”

Ste. Genevieve took an early 3-0 lead and led 6-1 after the fourth frame, but endured a pair of 1-2-3 innings in the fifth and sixth frames.

See complete story in the July 31 edition of the Herald.