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Legion Baseball regionals: Day 3 recap

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Three teams in each region are 1-1 and one stands alone at 2-0.

Any undefeated team that wins Saturday will advance to Sunday’s Game 14 and will have two chances to earn a victory against its opponent. A win in either Game 14 or 15 will mean a title for that undefeated team, while the team from the bottom half of the bracket would need to win both.

Any undefeated team that loses Saturday will advance to a winner-take-all Game 15 on Sunday. The other two remaining teams will fight for a spot in the title contest by playing in Game 14 earlier on Sunday.

For brackets, schedules and live stats click here. To follow the action on the Legion Baseball app, click here. Follow along as well on Twitter and Facebook.

Region 6 features live streaming, which can be found here. Select Region 8 games are being live streamed here.

Here is a recap of the eight regionals through two days:

Region 1: Northeast – Shrewsbury, Mass.

Game 12 – 9:30 a.m., ET – Portland, Maine, vs. Shrewsbury, Mass., Post 397

Game 13 – 12:00 p.m., ET - Braintree, Mass., Post 86 vs. Southington, Conn., Post 72

Braintree heads into the weekend as the sole unbeaten after rallying from a 4-0 hole to top Portland, 6-4. Braintree gets Southington after Ryan Henderson pitched a four-hitter to carry his Connecticut bunch past Rochester, N.H., Post 7. Portland will face a Shrewsbury team coming off of an impressive 11-0 victory over Essex, Vt., Post 91. Games have been moved up to accommodate weather concerns.

Region 2: Mid-Atlantic – Purcellville, Va.

Game 12 – 1 p.m., ET - Broad Street Park, N.J., Post 313 vs. Leesburg, Va., Post 34

Game 13 – 4:30 p.m., ET - Wilmington, Del., Post 1 vs. Souderton, Pa., Post 234

The final game of the winners bracket proved to be a good one as Wilmington edged Broad Street Park 2-1 after the teams posted zeros in each of the first nine half-innings. Jacques Dubecq hit the game-winning home run in the sixth and then came in to face one batter in the seventh, striking him out to earn the save. Wilmington will face a Souderton team that posted a 5-2 win over Severna Park, Md., Post 175. Broad Street Park will not have an easy task facing the hosts Leesburg, which dispatched of their cross-state rivals, Vienna, Va., Post 180, in dramatic fashion – scoring three in the bottom of the seventh to walk off as winners.

Region 3: Southeast – Asheboro, N.C.

Game 12 – 4:30 p.m., ET - Troy, Ala., Post 70 vs. Lyon County, Ky., Post 68

Game 13 – 7:30 p.m., ET - Randolph, N.C., Post 45 vs. Tallahassee, Fla., Post 13

The hosts, Randolph County, got one step closer to a return trip across the state to Shelby, N.C., by winning 8-3 over Lyon County to stay unbeaten. The North Carolina team will get a crack at Tallahassee after Florida put forth a well-balanced effort against Sumter, S.C., Post 15 with all nine players getting a hit in a 10-2 win. Charlie James pitched a two-hitter for Troy in order to send his Alabama-based team into the weekend to face Lyon County in Saturday’s opener.

Region 4: Mid-South – New Orleans

Game 12 – 10 a.m., CT - Tupelo, Miss., Post 49 vs. Columbia, Tenn., Post 19

Game 13 – 12 p.m., CT - Bryant, Ark., Post 298 vs. Gonzales, La., Post 81

Rain and pitching have been the story in the Mid-South and there was plenty of both Friday. After rain forced numerous scheduling changes to the region, two Louisiana teams faced off with Gonzales getting the best of New Orleans Post 285 behind a late rally in the bottom of the sixth. Two shutouts followed as Columbia took down Jefferson City, Mo., Post 5 by a 4-0 margin. In the winners bracket, Bryant saw William L. Grant toss a two-hitter to inch closer to consecutive American Legion World Series trips. Note: Saturday’s games have been moved earlier due to, you guessed it, rain.

Region 5: Great Lakes – Napoleon, Ohio

Game 12: 12 p.m., ET - Danville, Ill., Post 210 vs. Sheboygan, Wis., Post 83

Game 13: 6 p.m., ET - Midland, Mich., Post 165 vs. Eau Claire, Wis., Post 53

Both Wisconsin teams stayed alive with narrow one-run wins to make it into the weekend. In the opener, Sheboygan used a single, wild pitch walk and fielder's choice to score a run in the top of the first and held on to take a 1-0 win over the hosts, Napoleon, Ohio Post 300, in a game with just seven hits. Not to be outdone, Eau Claire elminated Terre Haute, Ind., Post 346 on a walk-off hit by pitch, 7-6. In the winners bracket, Midland took care of Danville10-3 as eight different players scored. Midland has now defeated each of the remaining three teams by a combined score of 27-6.

Region 6: Central Plains – Dickinson, N.D.

Game 12 – 2 p.m., CT – Rapid City, S.D., Post 22 vs. Dubuque County, Iowa Post 137

Game 13 – 4:30 p.m. CT – West Fargo, N.D., Post 308 vs. Omaha, Neb., Post 1 – Burke H.S.

The winners bracket ended in dramatic fashion with West Fargo scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh to rally to win 5-4 in literal walk-off fashion on a pitch low on a 3-2 count with two outs and the bases loaded. In the elimination games, Omaha shutout New Brighton, Minn., Post 513 behind a gem from Zach Munson on the mound. Rapid City let Millard West, Neb., Post 374 back into the game late, allowing three runs in the top of the seventh before stranding the tying run on base to stay alive.



Region 7: Northwest - Missoula, Mont.

Game 12 – 4 p.m., MT - Yakima Valley, Wash., Post 36 vs. Cheyenne, Wyo., Post 6

Game 13 – 7 p.m., MT – Meridian, Idaho Post 113 vs. Billings, Mont., Post 4

Two offensive explosions started the day with a combined 42 runs in the first pair of contests. Billings stayed alive with a 16-3 win over Juneau, Alaska Post 25 as all nine starters scored runs. Cheyenne followed with an eight-run inning to carry itself to a 10-8 win over Waipahu, Hawaii. In the winners bracket, Meridian squeaked out a 3-2 win over Yakima Valley to move into Sunday as the region’s lone unbeaten.

Region 8: Western – Denver

Game 12 – 3 p.m., MT - Petaluma, Calif., Post 28 vs. League City, Texas Post 554

Game 13 – 7 p.m., MT – Las Vegas, Nev., Post 40 vs. Tuscan, Ariz., Post 7

Petaluma eliminated Ft. Collins, Colo., Post 1879 in the opener of the day, as each starter scored at least one run in a 14-0 victory. Mario Bejarano only allowed one hit and one walk in the second game of the day to push Tuscan past the hosts, Greeley, Colo. In the nightcap, Las Vegas posted a second consecutive shutout, this time 12-0, to hand League City its first loss.

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Legion Baseball regionals: Day 2 recap

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After two days, all eight regions have two 2-0 teams, four teams sitting at 1-1 and two teams eliminated.

For brackets, schedules and live stats click here. To follow the action on the Legion Baseball app, click here. Follow along as well on Twitter and Facebook.

Region 6 features live streaming, which can be found here. Select Region 8 games are being live streamed here.

Here is a recap of the eight regionals through two days:

Region 1: Northeast – Shrewsbury, Mass.

Unbeaten: Portland, Maine, and Braintree, Mass., Post 86

One loss: Rochester, N.H., Post 7; Essex, Vt., Post 91; Shrewsbury, Mass., Post 397; and Southington, Conn., Post 72

Eliminated: Cumberland, R.I., Post 14 and Ellington, Conn., Post 62

Five games on the slate for the Northeast and it started off with a wild one. Rochester posted four runs in the top of the seventh to take a 11-7 lead over Shrewsbury and needed every bit of that margin as Post 397 scored three in the seventh to fall just short. Shrewsbury returned in an elimination game to once again score double digits, and it was enough to eliminate Cumberland, 10-7. In the other elimination game, the two Connecticut teams squared off with Southington topping Ellington, 12-1. In the winners bracket, Braintree scored three in the top of the seventh to rally for a 4-2 win over Essex. Rochester couldn’t duplicate its offensive success from the morning contest and fell to Portland in the final game of the day, 2-1.

Region 2: Mid-Atlantic – Purcellville, Va.

Unbeaten: Wilmington, Del., Post 1 and Broad Street Park, N.J., Post 313

One loss: Severna Park, Md., Post 175; Vienna, Va., Post 180; Leesburg, Va., Post 34; and Souderton, Pa., Post 234

Eliminated: Spring City, Pa., Post 602 and Rockland, N.Y., Post 130

Broad Street rallied for three in the bottom of the seventh to walk off winners and stay unbeaten as Kyle Harrington hit a two-run shot to win it. In the other game of 1-0 teams, Wilmington fell behind 7-2, but put up seven runs in a dramatic sixth inning led by a three-run shot from Nate Thomas. In the other side of the bracket, Souderton and Leesburg easily dispatched Spring City and Rockland, respectively, to stay alive.

Region 3: Southeast – Asheboro, N.C.

Unbeaten: Randolph, N.C., Post 45 and Lyon County, Ky., Post 68

One loss: Troy, Ala., Post 70; Tallahassee, Fla. Post 13; Sumter, S.C. Post 15; and Parkersburg, W.V., Post 15

Eliminated: Wilmington, N.C., Post 10 and Chapin/Newberry, S.C., Post 193/24

Five games on the slate due to rain in Asheboro on Thursday and the hosts, Randolph County, started and ended the day with wins. Chapin/Newberry, which fell in the first game, had to play a second game in the afternoon, falling in an all-South Carolina elimination battle with Sumter. In the other elimination game, Parkersburg topped Wilmington, 3-2, in walk-off fashion, scoring three in the bottom of the seventh capped by a Jordan Batten single. Lyon County topped Tallahassee, 5-3, in a game between teams which won on Wednesday.

Region 4: Mid-South – New Orleans

Unbeaten: Tupelo, Miss., Post 49 and Bryant, Ark., Post 298

One loss: Jefferson City, Mo., Post 5; Gonzales, La., Post 81; New Orleans, La., Post 285; and Columbia, Tenn., Post 19

Eliminated: Cape Girardeau, Mo., Post 63 and Salina, Kan., Post 62

Four games with a combined margin of victory of five runs. It was a nail-biter of a day in New Orleans. In the morning contest, Columbia narrowly held on for a 9-8 victory over Cape Girardeau, with Camryn Kennedy coming in and striking out three of four batters to strand the tying and go-ahead runs. In the other elimination game, New Orleans stayed alive as hosts with a very efficient 1-0 win over Salina in a game with only four hits. Andrew Cashman and Brenden Berggren combined for a one-hit shutout while Tupelo’s Cade Sterrett was stellar in defeat. Tupelo has pitched 14 straight scoreless innings after posting a second shutout, this time over Gonzales. Austin King hurled a three-hit shutout. In the night’s final game, Bryant rallied for two in the sixth and one in the seventh to top Jefferson City, 3-2.

Region 5: Great Lakes – Napoleon, Ohio

Unbeaten: Danville, Ill., Post 210 and Midland, Mich., Post 165

One loss: Terre Haute, Ind., Post 346; Sheboygan, Wis., Post 83; Napoleon, Ohio Post 300; and Eau Claire, Wis., Post 53

Eliminated: Circleville, Ohio Post 134 and Mt. Prospect, Ill., Post 525

Eau Claire stayed alive in the opener with an impressive 12-4 win over Circleville. The hosts, Napoleon, fell behind 8-3 before scoring two in the fifth, three in the sixth, and loading the bases in the seventh, getting a hit by pitch to earn the victory and stay alive. In the winners bracket, Midland topped Sheboygan to move to 2-0. In the night game, Terre Haute loaded the bases in a 2-2 game in the bottom of the seventh and Danville's Gage Romack came through in the clutch to strike out three straight Hoosiers swinging to force extra innings. Three runs in the top of the eighth gave Danville the victory.

Region 6: Central Plains – Dickinson, N.D.

Unbeaten: Dubuque Co., Iowa Post 137 and West Fargo, N.D., Post 308

One loss: Omaha, Neb., Post 1 – Burke H.S.; Millard West, Neb., Post 374; Rapid City, S.D., Post 22; and New Brighton, Minn., Post 513

Eliminated: Wayzata, Minn., Post 118 and Dickinson, N.D., Post 3

American Legion Baseball is testing regional live streaming at Region 6. In an all-Minnesota elimination game to start the day, New Brighton topped Wayzata, 10-5. Rapid City followed with a 16-3 win to eliminate hosts Dickinson. Each of the first five batters in the Rapid City lineup posted multiple hits and Zachary Sumption had a homer and six runs batted in. In the unbeaten bracket, West Fargo received a three-hit gem from Tristen Roehrich to beat Millard West, 2-0. In the nightcap, Dubuque County was impressive in beating Omaha.

Region 7: Northwest - Missoula, Mont.

Unbeaten: Yakima Valley, Wash., Post 36 and Meridian, Idaho, Post 113

One loss: Cheyenne, Wyo., Post 6; Billings, Mont., Post 4; Juneau, Alaska, Post 25; and Waipahu, Hawaii

Eliminated: Medford, Ore., Post 15 and Missoula, Mont., Post 27

Waipahu scored three in the top of the seventh, capped by back-to-back hits from Jaron Sugimoto and Zach Alcos to tie and take a lead to survive and eliminate Medford. Seven players from Juneau had RBIs to rally past the hosts Missoula, 13-9, in the second elimination game. In the winners bracket, Yakima Valley held on to a 7-6 win over Billings. In the closer, Meridian’s bats showed up in a big way, topping Cheyenne behind an eight-run third inning.

Region 8: Western – Denver

Unbeaten: Las Vegas, Nev., Post 40 and League City, Texas Post 554

One loss: Greeley, Colo.; Fort Collins, Colo., Post 1879; Petaluma, Calif., Post 28; and Tuscan, Ariz., Post 7

Eliminated: Albuquerque, N.M., Post 13 and Pleasant Grove, Utah Post 72

Las Vegas and League City will square off in the final game of the winners bracket Friday after both teams moved to 2-0 on Thursday. Vegas took care of the hosts Greeley, 8-0, as three pitchers combined on the shutout. League City, powered by four runs in the top of the first, took care of the other Colorado-based team, Fort Collins, 5-3 in the other game. In the elimination bracket, David Alexander Kelch went 4-for-4 with four runs and Daniel Durazo and Ryan Grabosch hit home runs as Tucson cruised to a 19-2 win over Albuquerque. Petaluma won, 5-2, over Pleasant Grove as Porter Slate hit a homer.


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Legion Family members: ‘You change lives’

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Denise H. Rohan has been traveling across the country and world since taking office as national commander of The American Legion last September. As her time leading the organization closes, the question she often hears is, “Are you tired?” She admitted to attendees of the organization’s National Membership Workshop in Indianapolis Aug. 10 that while she is tired, it’s the American Legion Family that energizes her to keep going. Additionally, there are several things about The American Legion that she will never get tired of.

They include:

Viewing weekly membership reports. And seeing numbers rise thanks to “our Family across the nation working to process membership and recruit new members,” Rohan said. For 2018, nine departments achieved 100 percent membership using traditional methods: West Virginia, Mexico, France, Oklahoma, Montana, Wisconsin, Idaho, South Carolina and the District of Columbia. Three departments increased their membership numbers over the previous year: Alabama (252 over), Idaho (534 over) and South Carolina (218 over).

Seeing an increase in early renewals. Last July during the National Membership Workshop, Rohan shared that more than 239,000 members traditionally pay their membership dues after the first of the year. She challenged members to contact those who pay after Dec. 31 and encourage them to renew by Veterans Day to save time and money on the mailing of renewal notices. Rohan shared Friday that 42 departments were successful in getting more than 40 percent of those traditional late payers to renew early. “I imagine, to get those early payments, it required personal contact earlier rather than later. Making those contacts and letting your members know you care about them made a difference,” she said.

Reconnecting with deploying or returning military personnel. Rohan said that 24 departments reported reconnecting efforts this year. That number is up by 15 over last year. Between 100 and 5,000 points are awarded to departments for each reconnect effort until the May target date; this certification is found the National Membership Awards Points Manual. The departments of Georgia, Idaho, Montana, New Hampshire, Utah and Wisconsin all received the maximum 5,000 points.

Recruiting. Rohan said that while she was getting a little tired of people asking how to recruit younger members, she will never get tired of “explaining how important it is to recruit all eligible members, and be there for our active-duty and deployed troops and their families. I believe that is the best way to show them who we are and what we do.”

Promoting the Basic Training course. Another challenge Rohan put forth during last year's workshop was to see a 10 percent increase in those who take The American Legion’s Basic Training course, the official training program for those who want to expand their knowledge of the organization. She shared that over the past year, 2,113 Legion Family members have taken the course. The Department of Tennessee had over a 59 percent increase in the number of members who took the course, while the departments of Arkansas and Texas had over a 41 percent increase.

Interacting with America’s youth. During her travels to Washington, D.C., in late July, Rohan met with the 100 American Legion Boys Nation senators. “As I got out of the car at the Greenbelt (Md.) Post 136 (for a dinner) and walked a gantlet of 100 boys, the staff and volunteers, I was rejuvenated. I shook every one of those young man’s hands,” Rohan said. “Thanks to their interaction with you and our Americanism program, they already knew they wanted to give back and serve the nation in some way.” She then met the Auxiliary Girls Nation delegates, and followed along in her week of Americanism programs by meeting the participants of The American Legion’s Junior 3-Position Air Rifle Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo.

“How could I possibly be tired as they shared story after story about how the opportunities that their American Legion gave them has changed their lives?” Rohan said. "As we take care of our children and youth and teach them what it means to be an American, they will pay it forward by offering their service to this nation.

“You see, that is what we do – that is who we are. We change lives each and every day. The American Legion Family is there making a difference – not just in the veteran’s life but their entire family’s lives.

“Our service officers across the nation continue to get our veterans the benefits they earned and deserve. They are changing families' lives also. We are making sure that as our heroes transition out of the military their training converts to jobs and college credits. We are keeping the GI Bill relevant.

“There are so many lives we are changing and saving.”

Rohan ended her remarks with a word that was heard throughout Day 1 of the National Membership Workshop: engage.

“I know it’s difficult to do all the work with the few people who attend the monthly meetings,” she said. “That is why it is so important to engage all our members, find out their interests and get them involved and connected. Make them feel needed. Make them feel like part of our family. Because we are a family!”

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FORT KNOX, Ky. — A U.S. Army special operations recruiter is hanging up his green beret after 13 years on active duty and picking up a stethoscope to become a doctor.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Philip Nordstrom has been selected to be a part of The F. Edward Hébert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program. The Army awards approximately 275 of these medical scholarships each year. Nordstrom will receive full tuition for four years and a monthly stipend of at least $2,200. Once he is finished with school and medical residency, his service commitment will be five years.

When Nordstrom graduated from high school in South Carolina, he took some college courses, then joined the Army in 2005 as a Special Forces recruit. After three years of training, he became a Special Forces medical sergeant.

"Special Forces is the best job in the world," Nordstrom said. "It was a very difficult decision to leave, but I wanted to further my career in medicine. I know there's a whole lot out there in the medical world that I haven't yet had the opportunity to be exposed to or experience."

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Requests should be submitted in writing to the appropriate military service branch division of the NPRC. Standard form (SF 180), available through the VA, is recommended to submit your request. Generally, there is no charge for medal or award replacements. For more information, or for the mailing address of the military branch office to submit your request to, call 1-86-NARA-NARA (1-866-272-6272) or visit the NPRC website at