Blake Pickard

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Junior Legion Baseball Player Blake Pickard from Union Post 297. Blake has had a good season sporting a .360 average, but really caught fire in July batting .450. He leads in the team with seven doubles, 15rbi, 11 walks and just four strike outs in 105 plate appearances. Blake is also hitting .378 with runners in scoring position. Blake is used in the outfield and behind the plate and is very good at both. He has good speed which allows him to track down fly balls in the outfield and he has thrown out several runners on base. Blake attends Union High School.

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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

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The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Gus Kleekamp with the Washington Post 218 Junior American Legion Baseball Team. Gus pitches, plays shortstop and bats third on the Junior Legion team that won the state championship in Blue Springs over the weekend. He posted the save in a 4-3 win over Festus in the title game. His batting average is .400 with 47-rbi and 47 runs scored. As a pitcher, he's 5-0 with an ERA of 1.631 and a WHIP of .961.

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2015 marks the first time in the history of Washington Post 218 American Legion Baseball that all three teams in the program have qualified for state tournament play. The Freshmen team played in the state tournament in Springfield earlier this month. The Juniors won state in Blue Springs last weekend and the Seniors are going to the state tournament in Sedalia this week.