Legion Baseball At State

Ste. Genevieve’s Grant Staffen (left) tried to tag Washington’s Brendon Stahlman (right) during a steal attempt in the first state playoff elimination game on Friday. Washington scored a runner from third base during the play, and the successful double steal set the eventual 2-0 final in favor of Post 218 as Ste. Genevieve took fourth in the tournament to close its season. (Photos by Jason Viox/Herald staff)

SEDALIA — Capitalizing on opportunities can make the difference not only between winning and losing, but between keeping the season alive and having it come to an end.

On Friday Ste. Genevieve saw itself in the latter categories.

Washington capitalized on the very few opportunities it saw against standout pitcher Chad Donze, and it later held off any possibilities of a comeback from Post 150 as Washington edged Ste. Genevieve 2-0 in the first elimination game of the senior legion state tournament at Liberty Park Stadium.

“There’s four good teams here,” said Ste. Genevieve head coach Junie Basler. “Every game so far has been a one or two-run ball game. We had a great year. We had 25 wins this year. I’m just so proud of this group. I told them it was probably one of the most fun groups I’ve had the opportunity, in my 14 years, to coach. It’s disheartening. We wanted to definitely make it to Nebraska next week, but wasn’t meant to be. You just hold your head high. These kids have nothing to be ashamed of. It was an awesome season.”

See complete story in the August 7 edition of the Herald.