ST. CHARLES -- The Jefferson City American Legion Post 5 Seniors capped a 6-0 record Sunday in the Play 9 Sports St. Louis Elite Series Tournament with a 7-6 victory against the St. Louis Gamers 17U Gray team at Lindenwood University.
Earlier in the day, the Post 5 Seniors won 11-1 in four innings in the semifinals against the St. Louis 17U Naturals.
In the title game, Jefferson City trailed 5-3 through three innings. The Post 5 Seniors cut their deficit in half in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Nate Roark hit an RBI single to right field, scoring Jaden Kolb.
Jefferson City took the lead with three runs in the sixth inning against the St. Louis Gamers.
Luke Cavender hit a one-out single and moved into scoring position on a double by Blake Gentges. Calen Kruger followed with a triple to left field, scoring Cavender as the tying run and Gentges as the go-ahead run.
Kolb, the next batter, drove in a much-needed insurance run, hitting a single to center field to score Kruger, making it a 7-5 advantage for the Post 5 Seniors.
An error in the top of the seventh allowed the St. Louis Gamers score a run, closing the gap to 7-6. Kruger, who relieved Chase Schnieders on the mound to start the inning, never let the tying run get past second base, as the St. Louis Gamers hit a lineout, a groundout and a flyout to end the game and clinch the championship for the Post 5 Seniors.
Schnieders pitched the first six innings to get the win, allowing five runs on six hits. He struck out five and walked three.
Each team scored three runs in the first inning, while the Gamers added two more runs in the top of the third.
Kolb and Jace Kesel each had RBI doubles in the first inning, while Jacob Schulte added an RBI single for Jefferson City.
Kolb and Kruger each had two RBI, while Kolb had three of the Post 5 Seniors' 11 hits. Gentges and Kesel each had two-hit games in the championship.
Roark was the winning pitcher in the semifinal game for Jefferson City. In four innings, he allowed one run on three hits and struck out two.
Cavender, the No. 9 batter, went 2-for-3 with two RBI to lead the Post 5 Seniors. Nick Jeffries drove in two runs and Trevor Jordan tallied two hits.
Jefferson City led 10-0 through two innings against the St. Louis Naturals and won by run-rule with another run in the fourth.
The Post 5 Seniors went 4-0 in pool-play action, playing most games in the Edwardsville, Ill., area. Jefferson City defeated GBA 17U Orange 3-2 on Thursday, then won two games Friday -- 9-1 against Recruits Baseball Club 17U and 6-2 against the St. Louis Rawlings Tigers 17U. On Saturday, Jefferson City finished pool play with an 8-0 victory against the Mineral Area 18U Orioles.
Jordan pitched a three-hit shutout against Mineral Area, striking out two batters in five innings. Gentges went 3-for-3 with three singles and three runs scored in the win.
Hunter Berendzen had three strikeouts in three innings against the Rawlings Tigers, while Kolb added four strikeouts in four innings of relief. Gentges, Roark, Jeffries and Cavender each had two hits.
Kruger went 3-for-3 with two RBI in the win against Recruits Baseball Club, while Roark added two RBI. Cole Peters, Schnieders and Berendzen each pitched, each striking out two batters.
In the opener against GBA Orange, the Post 5 Seniors rallied for the win by scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Facing a full count with two outs, Kolb singled, scoring Jack Robertson as the tying run and Gentges as the winning run. Gentges had three hits for Jefferson City.
Max Buscher was the winning pitcher for the Post 5 Seniors. In seven innings, he allowed two runs -- both in the top of the first inning -- on eight hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
The wins give the Post 5 Seniors a 10-1 record this summer. Jefferson City posted a 4-1 record last weekend in a tournament at Murray, Ky., losing 5-4 to Paragould (Ark.) in the semifinals following a 4-0 start.