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National convention app for Indianapolis available

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The American Legion’s 2019 National Convention mobile app is now available to download to your cellphone, free of charge, from the Apple Store or Google Play. You can also search for “The American Legion National Convention.”

If you still have last year’s app on your phone, you can simply update it for 2019.

The app includes maps, information from meeting times to registration and shuttle hours, social media links, a guide to Indianapolis and more. It will continue to be updated with information, news headlines and alerts throughout the convention.

The convention app is available at www.legion.org/mobileapps/nationalconvention.


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Legion's GI Bill exhibit in Indy for national convention

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The American Legion’s traveling GI Bill exhibit is now on display in the rotunda at the Indiana State Capitol in preparation for the 101st National Convention in Indianapolis.

“The Greatest Legislation: An American Legion Centennial Salute to the GI Bill” will be on display for the public and convention attendees through the first week of September at the Indiana State Capitol, 200 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis.

The American Legion’s exhibit documents the story of the “greatest legislation,” which The American Legion originally drafted and pushed to passage in 1943 and 1944. It features illustrated panels, video kiosks and artifacts that show the dramatic story of the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, the massive effects it had on U.S. society and the ongoing effort to continue improving it for new generations, through to the passage of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 – the “Forever GI Bill.”

The exhibit has been touring the country since its debut in June 2017 at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. It has also been on exhibit at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas; two Student Veterans of America national conferences; Bob Hope Patriotic Hall in Los Angeles; the Montana Military Museum in Helena, Mont..; the Iowa Gold Star Museum at Camp Dodge, Iowa; the 100th National Convention in Minneapolis; Department of New Jersey convention; and at the Intrepid Museum in New York City as part of Fleet Week.

Originally drafted by American Legion Past National Commander Harry W. Colmery in the winter of 1943, the GI Bill transformed the U.S. economy in the second half of the 20th century. Often characterized as America’s most significant social legislation of the last 100 years, it is credited for averting economic disaster after World War II, educating millions, making college and home ownership a reasonable expectation for average Americans, leading to the all-volunteer military and advancing civil rights.


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Eight teams punch ticket to 2019 American Legion World Series

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In one of the most competitive regional rounds in American Legion Baseball’s history, all eight regions required the maximum 15 games to determine a champion.

Eight teams have emerged as regional victors and will move on to the American Legion World Series in Shelby, N.C., which starts on Thursday, Aug. 15, and runs through Championship Tuesday on Aug. 20.

Games Friday through Monday will be nationally televised on ESPNU and Championship Tuesday will move to live nationally televised coverage on ESPNews.

All games are also available online at espn.com/watch.

For coverage of the American Legion World Series visit https://americanlegion.sportngin.com/2019alws.

Here is a look at the eight finalists and how they earned their tickets to Shelby.

Region 1 – Northeast – Shrewsbury (Mass.) Post 397

For the third straight year, a team from Massachusetts will represent the Northeast region at the American Legion World Series and for the second time in three years that team will be Shrewsbury.

The hosts had two cracks at in-state rival Lawrence, needing to just win one of the two games Sunday to advance. Lawrence made sure they needed both games. A four-run outburst in the third inning from Lawrence provided all the offense the team needed in a 4-3 win to force a Game 15.

The winner-take-all game was also well pitched, but Lawrence got on the board in the bottom of the first and carried that 1-0 lead to the sixth. Shrewsbury took advantage in the sixth, going single, sacrifice, single, double, wild pitch and sac fly to take a 3-1 lead. The hosts shut the door on Lawrence, retiring all six batters in the following two innings after allowing only three hits all game.

Region 2 – Mid-Atlantic – Randolph Co., (N.C.) Post 45

New region, same result for Randolph County Post 45. After going to back-to-back American Legion World Series in their home state in 2017 and 2018, redistricting moved Randolph to Region 2, where they had their hands full.

A loss Thursday against Vienna (Va.) Post 180 meant Randolph needed to get through Delaware and West Virginia and then beat Vienna twice on Sunday to advance. With half that task done entering Sunday, Randolph’s pitching ensured the other half would be completed, as well.

Trevor Marsh pitched a gem in the opener, throwing a very efficient complete game, two-hit shutout in a 3-0 victory to force a Game 15. Marsh also contributed on the offensive side, scoring the first run of the game after doubling in the first and adding an insurance run on a solo homer later.

In Game 15 Randolph scored three in the top of the fourth to break a scoreless deadlock and held off a Vienna charge which left the tying run on third base.

Region 3 – Southeast – Destrehan (La.) Post 366 Pedal Valves Cardinals

The New Orleans area has a storied history with American Legion Baseball. The metropolitan New Orleans area has played a record 75 American Legion World Series games, posting a record of 43-31-1 in 18 appearances. Destrehan, a program in its fourth year, will add to that total as the Post 366 Pedal Valves Cardinals brought home Louisiana’s fifth regional crown in the last eight years. Destrehan will make its first ALWS appearance after going 0-2 in the Mid-South regional tournament in 2016 and reaching the semifinal the following year. After missing the Mid-South regional last year, Post 366 will make the World Series in Louisiana’s first year in the newly-realigned Southeast region.

Region 3 required all 15 games with Tupelo (Miss) 49ers defeating Troy (Ala.) Post 70, 4-2, in the first game Sunday. Tupelo scored three in the first and one in the third and never looked back to advance to a rematch of Friday’s 13-4 loss to Destrehan.

The title game played out almost exactly the same way as Game 14 but Tupelo was on the other side as Destrehan also scored three in the first and later added an insurance run. Tupelo, like Troy in the morning, rallied for two runs to make the game close but, also like Troy, it was not enough in the 4-2 final. The last out was a flyout with the tying run at the plate.

Region 4- Mid-South – Festus (Mo.) Post 253

Game 14 of Region 4 pitted a seasoned group of veterans in Bryant (Ark.) Post 298 against the host team, Hastings (Neb.) Post 11.

Bryant took a 1-0 lead but conceded runs in the fourth and fifth. A sixth inning small ball rally got two runs across for Bryant, seeking a return to the American Legion World Series, and ended the Hastings season.

Waiting for Bryant was Festus, a team that had three wins of two runs or less, including a 2-1 win over Bryant on Thursday. Bryant got off to a fast start, scoring two in the bottom of the first inning to take an early lead. Festus halved the lead, but still trailed heading into the fifth. The first five Festus players reached base and the floodgates opened for six runs, priming the team for an 8-3 win.

Festus returns to the American Legion World Series for the first time since 2009 in Fargo, the penultimate World Series to be played at rotating sites.

Region 5 – Great Lakes – Danville (Ill.) Post 210

Beverly/Lowell (Ohio) Post 387/750 looked like the team to beat with four straight wins with an average of 12 runs per game, including a 16-15 thriller over Danville on Friday. Danville got revenge for that loss with two straight wins to earn the program’s first-ever trip to the American Legion World Series and the state’s first trip since Moline in 2012.

In the first game of the day, Beverly/Lowell got out to a quick 4-0 lead after two innings but Danville's bats exploded from then on, posting innings of two, two, three, two and five to end the game, allowing just two more in the 14-6 win.

The rubber match between the two teams was unlike the first two as pitchers had control. The game bounced back and forth and was tied at 1-1, 2-2 and, after an Ohio seventh-inning rally, 3-3. In the bottom of the seventh, Danville loaded the bases and Trevor Davis sharply hit a grounder to third. A diving play by Kurt Taylor and a race to the bag ensued, but Chase Vinson got to third just in time, allowing Chase Rademacher to score the walk-off winner and send Danville to Shelby.

Region 6 – Central Plains – Fargo (N.D.) Post 2

Fargo entered Sunday needing to beat an Excelsior (Minn.) Post 259 team that it lost to, 17-11, on opening day and had only allowed three runs in three games since that Fargo victory.

Fargo made that seemingly difficult task look easy in the first game of the day, scoring in five of the seven innings and keeping Excelsior off the scoreboard entirely in an 8-0 victory to force a Game 15.

Game 15 was an exciting game worthy of naming a champion. Fargo struck first with runs in the first two innings to take a 2-0 lead which it held until the fourth inning. Excelsior scored in the fourth and tied it up in the fifth, 2-2. Jonas Sanders pitched well and Austin Manuel came on in relief with 2.1 scoreless innings to shut down Excelsior after that. Fargo got the game-winner in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly and Manuel stranded the tying run in the seventh to end it.

Fargo has been to the American Legion World Series three times previously: 1969, 1989 and 1992.

Region 7 – Northwest – will be updated pending conclusion of regional final.

Region 8 – Western – Albuquerque (N.M.) Post 13

What a wild ride it has been for Albuquerque out west. Coming off of a loss on opening day, the New Mexico based team needed to be perfect the rest of the way. Overcoming a lot of adversity, they ultimately triumphed and will represent Region 8.

On Thursday, a six-run rally helped the team overcome a four-run deficit to stay alive. On Friday, Roy Lee Jennings went 4-for-4 including a walk-off winner to eek past Fairfield to once again stay alive. Albuquerque fell behind 6-2 against Henderson (Nev.) on Saturday, but rallied for a wild 12-8 win on Saturday.

That led the team into Sunday needing two wins and their first one might’ve been their most impressive escape act yet. Against Petaluma (Calif.) Post 28, New Mexico trailed, 3-2, heading into the bottom of the sixth and got two runs to take the lead. Petaluma responded with two of their own, once again putting New Mexico's back against the wall. Once again, they responded. Two more in the bottom of the seventh forced New Mexico into a Game 15 for the regional title.

Honolulu Post 35 awaited New Mexico in the final, but Albuquerque got a rare early lead. Honolulu rebounded to tie the game at 3-3 heading to the bottom of the sixth, where Albuquerque worked their magic once again. Two players got hit by pitches and Ricky Apodaca cleared the bases with a double, giving Albuquerque the only runs they needed to seal the magical run.


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How to watch the American Legion World Series

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The eight teams are set for the 2019 American Legion World Series in Shelby, N.C., and each team will have a chance to play on national television.

Interest in the event continues to grow as television coverage has increased for the sixth time in seven years and television viewership has grown steadily and is estimated to be more than 700,000 viewers over the week.

Live stats and bracket updates are available by clicking here.

Below is the complete schedule for the 2019 American Legion World Series, including how to watch on television (all times Eastern):

Thursday, Aug. 15, on ESPN3.com

Game 1 – 10 a.m. – Destrehan (La.) Post 366 vs. Danville (Ill.) Post 210

Game 2 – 1 p.m. – Festus (Mo.) Post 253 vs. Albuquerque (N.M.) Post 13

Game 3 – 4 p.m. – Fargo (N.D.) Post 2 vs. Idaho Falls (Idaho) Post 56

Game 4 – 7:30 p.m. – Shrewsbury (Mass.) Post 397 vs. Randolph Co., (N.C.) Post 45

Friday, Aug. 16, on ESPNU

Game 5 – 4 p.m. – Danville (Ill.) Post 210 vs. Albuquerque (N.M.) Post 13

Game 6 – 7 p.m. – Destrehan (La.) Post 366 vs. Festus (Mo.) Post 253

Saturday, Aug. 17, on ESPNU

Game 7 – 1 p.m. – Idaho Falls (Idaho) Post 56 vs. Shrewsbury (Mass.) Post 397

Game 8 – 4 p.m. – Randolph Co., (N.C.) Post 45 vs. Fargo (N.D.) Post 2

Game 9 – 7:30 p.m. – Destrehan (La.) Post 366 vs. Albuquerque (N.M.) Post 13

Sunday, Aug. 18, on ESPNU

Game 10 – 1 p.m. – Festus (Mo.) Post 253 vs. Danville (Ill.) Post 210

Game 11 – 4 p.m. – Randolph Co., (N.C.) Post 45 vs. Idaho Falls (Idaho) Post 56

Game 12 – 7:30 p.m. – Shrewsbury (Mass.) Post 397 vs. Fargo (N.D.) Post 2

Monday, Aug. 19, on ESPNU

Game 13 – 4 p.m. – Semifinal – Winner Stars vs. Runner-Up Stripes

Game 14 – 7 p.m. – Semifinal – Winner Stripes vs. Runner-Up Stars

Tuesday, Aug. 20, on ESPNews

Game 15 – 6:30 p.m. – Championship – Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 14

The championship game will be replayed at 10 p.m. on Tuesday on ESPNU.


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Legion Baseball Regionals: Day 4 recap

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The field has been trimmed and we are just one day away from finding out which eight teams will emerge from the field of over 3,500 teams to reach the American Legion World Series.

In some regions, three one-loss teams remain, all needing to be perfect in order to advance. In these regions, the two teams which lost on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday will face off in Game 14. The winner of that contest will go on to a winner-take-all matchup with the team that emerged from the original winners’ bracket 3-0.

In other regions, we’re down to just two teams: the teams that emerged from the winners’ and losers’ brackets, one with a record of 4-0 and the other sitting at 3-1. The 3-1 teams need to beat the 4-0 teams twice on Sunday in order to advance. If they fail in either Game 14 or 15, the 4-0 teams advance.

For brackets, schedules and live stats click here.

Here is a recap of the eight regionals heading into the weekend:

Region 1 – Northeast – Shrewsbury, Mass.

4-0: Shrewsbury (Mass.) Post 397

3-1: Lawrence (Mass.)

For the third straight year, a team from Massachusetts will represent the Northeast region at the American Legion World Series. Sunday will determine if that representative will be the hosts, Shrewsbury Post 397 or the state champion, Lawrence. Shrewsbury, which has reached the Sunday games for the third straight year, has the advantage by holding a 4-0 record, meaning Lawrence has to win twice. Shrewsbury defeated Lawrence on Friday, 6-4, in the crucial Game 11, which determined the last remaining unbeaten team.

Lawrence rebounded Saturday with a 9-2 win over Stamford (Conn.) Post 3, with the top seven hitters in the lineup all scoring for Lawrence. Shrewsbury rallied from a 3-0 deficit with four runs in the fourth to eliminate Cumberland (R.I.) Post 14 with a 6-4 win.

Sunday’s Game 14 is at 1 p.m., and Game 15, if necessary, will be played at 4:00 p.m.

Region 2 – Mid-Atlantic – Asheboro, N.C.

For live radio coverage of games visit sportstone.net

4-0: Vienna Post (Va.) 180

3-1: Randolph Co., (N.C.) Post 45

It’s down to two teams in Region 2, with Vienna holding a 4-0 record and the upper hand. To advance, the Virginia team will need to win one of two games against the hosts, Randolph County, which has gone to two straight American Legion World Series as a member of Region 3. These two teams squared off on Thursday, with Vienna taking a 6-2 victory.

Randolph trailed 5-1 in today's elimination game with Morgantown (W.V.), but put up two in the bottom of the third and one in the fourth to pull within one. Trevor Marsh came in to pitch in the sixth, hit a three-run shot in the bottom of the frame and closed out the 7-5 win. In addition to Trevor being named winning pitcher, the Marsh family (Trevor, Blake and Tatum) combined to go 5-for-9 with five RBIs in the contest at the plate. In the night game, Vienna didn’t waste an opportunity to go into Sunday unblemished by topping a game Brooklawn (N.J.) Post 72 squad, 6-2. Vienna scored first and kept adding to its lead and ultimately held off a late rally to eliminate the team which won every Region 2 title from 2011-2015.

Sunday’s Game 14 is at 1:30 p.m., and Game 15, if necessary, will be played at 4:30 p.m.

Region 3 – Southeast – Tampa, Fla.

3-1 Destrehan (La.) Post 366 Pedal Valves Cardinals, Tupelo (Miss) 49ers, Troy (Ala.) Post 70

Three teams still can stake a claim to the Region 3 title, as the previously-undefeated Destrehan squad fell to Troy on Saturday, 9-7. Bryson Peavy had a big two-run home run which proved to be the difference in the win. Troy will need to win one more game before having a chance to face Destrehan again for the region’s title. The opponent in that Game 14 was determined in the day's opening game, as Tupelo's Hammer Franks pitched 6.2 four-hit shutout innings to lead the squad defensively in the 6-0 elimination win over West Tampa (Fla.) Post 248 to reach Sunday’s games.

Troy and Tupelo have not yet squared off with each other, but both teams have faced Louisiana after Saturday’s game. Troy fell against Louisiana, 5-4, in the first game of the tournament.

Tupelo will play Troy in Game 14 at 9:30 a.m., and the winner will have to regroup to face Destrehan in Game 15 a half hour later.

Region 4- Mid-South – Hastings, Neb.

For live video streaming coverage of games visit strivsports.com/mid-south-regional-baseball

3-1: Festus (Mo.) Post 253, Bryant (Ark.) Post 298, Hastings (Neb.) Post 11

Only one of the final four teams in Region 4 was sent home on Saturday, leaving three to vie for the title. In the day’s opening game, Bryant squared off with Fremont (Neb.) Post 20 in a must-win game for both teams and it was an interesting tilt. In no inning did any team score multiple runs, but both offenses were very active. Both teams scored one run in innings one and three, but Bryant kept the bats going with runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth as well. Fremont only had an answer in the fifth and trailed by two heading into the final frame. Fremont got the tying run to the plate after scoring one in the seventh, but ultimately fell, 5-4, leading Bryant to advance.

Previously-unbeaten Festus scored two in the first inning and looked to be in good shape to enter Sunday still unbeaten but Hastings avoided elimination by rallying in crunch time, scoring three runs in the sixth to take the lead and two more insurance markers in the seventh to win, 5-2, and move on to Sunday.

Bryant and Hastings will square off in a rematch of Wednesday’s thriller, in which Bryant rallied to win 3-2, and the winner will advance to play Festus. Games are at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.

Region 5 – Great Lakes – Charleston, Ill.

For live radio coverage of games visit www.myradiolink.com/player/?playerID=653

4-0 Beverly/Lowell (Ohio) Post 387/750

3-1 Danville (Ill.) Post 210

Beverly/Lowell continued its offensive explosion in Charleston this week, scoring “only” nine runs, their lowest total in the tournament so far, but edged Swoyersville (Pa.) Post 644, 9-8, in another thriller. On the heels of an insane 16-15 matchup with Danville on Friday night, the Ohio team gave up five runs in the top of the seventh against a Swoyersville team that would not quit, forcing extra innings in Saturday’s nightcap. A walk-off single from Nate Brothers brought home Seth Dennis in the ninth, however, to keep Beverly/Lowell unbeaten, despite two consecutive wild games.

Danville certainly had to be itching for a chance at retribution against Beverly/Lowell for the crushing Friday defeat and the Illinois team will get a chance, maybe even two chances, after defeating Gladwin Co., (Mich.) Post 171 in an elimination game. Danville led 5-4 after one inning and added two insurance runs in the fifth, holding on to a 7-5 win.

There is no telling if another 16-15 game is in the cards for Sunday, but the teams will play again at 11:30 a.m., and in the event of a Danville win, again at 3:30 p.m.

Region 6 – Central Plains – Sioux Falls, S.D.

For live video streaming coverage of games visit https://www.midcosn.com/schedule and use the following credentials:

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4-0: Excelsior (Minn.) Post 259

3-1: Fargo (N.D.) Post 2

Excelsior earned its way to a 4-0 record, winning half of those games on Saturday. In the continuation of a suspended game, the Minnesota state champions dispatched of Appleton (Wisc.) Post 38, 9-1, in the morning. In the afternoon, Renner (S.D.) Post 307 was Excelsior’s victim in a 12-2 contest. In a 2-2 game in the bottom of the third, Will Sturek homered on the first pitch of the inning, opening the floodgates in an inning in which the first nine Excelsior players would all get on base, eight of whom scored.

Appleton shook off that early defeat in the next game with a good early start, scoring in the top of the first against Fargo, but ceded the lead and headed to the bottom of the seventh defensively tied 2-2. Some small-ball and a defensive miscue gave Fargo Post 2 their third run and the elimination game victory.

Excelsior and Fargo played on Wednesday and the decision with Excelsior's way, 17-11. Fargo will need to win twice to overcome that first defeat. Games will be at 12:30 p.m., and, if necessary, 3:30 p.m.

Region 7 – Northwest – Lewiston, Idaho

For live radio coverage of games visit us7.maindigitalstream.com/2640/

3-1: Bozeman (Mont.) Post 14, Kennewick (Wash.) Post 34, Idaho Falls (Idaho) Post 56

The fifth shutout so far in the usually-offensive Northwest Region came in an elimination game to open the day as Kennewick got the performance of a lifetime from Simeon Howard to stay alive. The pitcher had six one-hit shutout innings against Medford (Ore.) Post 15 and scored the game's only run in the top of the first in the 1-0 victory.

In the day’s other contest, Idaho Falls bested previously-unbeaten Bozeman, scoring in five of the seven innings to take home a 6-3 win. Idaho's Randon Hostert, who threw a dominating no hitter on Wednesday, will be back on eligible rest for Sunday with the team needing two wins.

Idaho Falls faces Kennewick at 1:30 p.m., and the winner gets Bozeman at 4:30 p.m., with a trip to the American Legion World Series on the line.

Region 8 – Western – Fairfield, Calif.

3-1: Honolulu, (Hawaii) Damien Post 35, Albuquerque (N.M.) Post 13, Petaluma (Calif.) Post 28

The start of the first game of the day was a wild one with both offenses playing well in an attempt to avoid elimination. Henderson (Nev.) Post 40 scored one in the first and, after Albuquerque scored two in the bottom of the frame, the 2017 ALWS champions responded strongly with five in the top of the second. That lead would not hold, however, as New Mexico plated eight over the next two frames to take a lead it would never relinquish in the 12-8 win. Albuquerque exacted revenge for an 8-3 defeat to Henderson in Game 1.

Justin Thomas came on in relief for Petaluma in the bottom of the seventh inning with a 2-2 count, two on, two out, with a two-run lead against Honolulu in the nightcap. In a situation any pitcher dreams of, Thomas lived up to the challenge, striking out the final Hawaiian batter to keep his team alive and send them into Sunday. Honolulu, which rallied from a 4-0 hole Thursday and walked off after overcoming a 5-2 deficit Friday, didn't have the magic Saturday but still have a chance to win the region Sunday.

Albuquerque and Petaluma will square off for the first time this year at 1 p.m., and the winner will face Honolulu at 4 p.m.


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