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Legion Baseball regionals: Day 3 recap

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We’re down to the penultimate day of the American Legion Baseball regional tournament and four teams remain in each region.

There is one unbeaten team in each of the eight pools and three teams sitting at 2-1. Per American Legion Baseball policy, the bracket may be rearranged to avoid rematches if possible. All 3-0 teams are guaranteed to have a chance to play for the championship on Sunday, while the other teams need a win to make it to Sunday.

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

Region 1 – Northeast – Shrewsbury, Mass.

3-0: Shrewsbury (Mass.) Post 397

2-1: Lawrence (Mass.), Cumberland (R.I.) Post 14, Stamford (Conn.) Post 3

Eliminated: Nashua (N.H.) Post 124, Hampden (Maine), Brattleboro (Vt.) Post 5, Southington (Conn.) Post 72

For the third straight year, the hosts, Shrewsbury, will be playing for the Region 1 title. A 6-4, extra-inning, victory over in-state rival Lawrence assured that fate, as the hosts scored three in the top of the eighth and held off a late Lawrence rally to stay unbeaten. In the day’s elimination matchups, Cumberland overcame a 2-0 deficit with five runs in the sixth to eliminate Southington and Stamford blanked Brattleboro, 9-0. TJ Wainwright struck out six and only allowed four hits over six shutout innings for Stamford. On Saturday, Lawrence and Stamford face off early for a chance to play on until Sunday. In the day’s second game, Cumberland looks to stay alive against a Shrewsbury team assured to make it to the final day once again.

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

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3-0: Vienna Post (Va.) 180

2-1: Morgantown (W.V.) Post 2, Brooklawn (N.J) Post 72, Randolph Co., (N.C.) Post 45

Eliminated: Funkstown (Md.) Post 211, Hamburg (N.Y.) Post 527, Middletown (Del.) Canal Post 25, Wilmington (N.C.) Post 10

Seeking a 16th American Legion World Series appearance, Brooklawn got off to a bad start with a loss on Wednesday, but the New Jersey team has been nearly perfect since. Another big win Friday kept the Brooklawn hopes alive, eliminating Wilmington, 8-3. Nick Nocella helped power Post 72 with a homer. Randolph County has been to back-to-back American Legion World Series in their home state, but the former Region 3 member also fell into the bottom half of the bracket Thursday. The team responded with a 11-6 win over Middletown and move on to Saturday. Both face tough challenges from the two teams that entered Friday unbeaten: Morgantown and Vienna. In the showdown of 2-0 teams, however, Vienna could not be stopped on the offensive side, scoring 15 runs on 16 hits. Five players had multiple runs batted in. In Saturday’s matchups, Morgantown will look to rebound against Randolph County, followed by Brooklawn and the unbeaten Vienna.

Region 3 – Southeast – Tampa, Fla.

3-0 Destrehan, La. Post 366 Pedal Valve Cardinals

2-1: Tupelo (Miss.) 49ers, West Tampa (Fla.) Post 248, Troy (Ala.) Post 70

Eliminated: Greer (S.C.) Post 115, Columbia (Tenn.) Post 19, Tallahassee (Fla.) Post 13, Fort Mill (S.C.) Post 43

What a day for the Pedal Valves Cardinals who came into the day 1-0 but were forced to play two games Friday due to weather. The Louisiana-based team handled West Tampa in the first game of the day, 10-3, forcing an evening matchup of unbeatens with Tupelo. Louisiana stayed hot offensively in that one with a 13-4. Ron Franklin went 3-for-5 on the day with four runs, five runs batted in and a homer for the Cardinals. In the two elimination games of the day, Troy defeated Tallahassee, 12-2 and West Tampa rebounded to knock out Fort Mill, 10-6. Bryan Perez reached base in all four plate appearances with a homer and three runs batted in for West Tampa. On Saturday, Tupelo will face off with West Tampa at 9:30 a.m., and Pedal Valves will look to stay undefeated against Troy immediately following. In the first game played in the tournament, Pedal Valves topped Troy, 5-4 on Wednesday.

Region 4- Mid-South – Hastings, Neb.

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2-0: Festus (Mo.) Post 253

1-1: Fremont (Neb.) Post 20, Bryant (Ark.) Post 298, Hastings (Neb.) Post 11

Eliminated: Sadalia (Mo.) Post 642, Emporia (Kan.) Post 5, Coweta (Okla.) Post 226, Texarkana (Texas) Post 25

In a must-win game for the hosts, Hastings, things couldn’t have gone much better. Not only did the offense explode for 10 runs, but CJ Remmenga pitched a no hitter. “We knew CJ would be good today," coach Kevin Asher said to Omaha.com. “But you’re not expecting a no-hitter." In the other elimination game, Bryant looked to be cruising against Texarkana, but a four-run Texarkana rally in the sixth tied the game up and forced extras. Bryant recovered, however, and Coby Greiner brought home Gage Stark to keep Bryant to walk off as winners. In the evening game, pitchers starred for Festus and Fremont as the teams were forced to extra innings tied at 0-0. It was Festus that broke through in the eighth, scoring twice and staying unbeaten in the region, 2-0. On Saturday, Fremont and Bryant play at 4:30 p.m., and Festus and Hastings battle afterward.

Region 5 – Great Lakes – Charleston, Ill.

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3-0 Beverly/Lowell (Ohio) Post 387/750

2-1 Danville (Ill.) Post 210, Swoyersville (Pa.) Post 644, Gladwin Co., (Mich.) Post 171

Eliminated: Hempfield (Pa.) Post 981, Charleston (Ill.) Post 93, Lyon Co., (Ky.) Post 68, Terre Haute (Ind.) 346

Beverly/Lowell and Danville squared off in what will certainly be the game of the tournament, with neither team interested in falling to 2-1 in Friday’s nightcap. After both teams scored in the first, both teams went quietly in the second leaving the teams level at 1-1. But then the offenses woke up. Danville put up five runs in the top in the third but the lead was short-lived as Ohio scored seven in the bottom of the frame. After Danville retook the lead with three in the top of the fourth, Beverly/Lowell returned serve with four in the bottom of the frame. Danville responded with six in the fifth and Beverly/Lowell tied it up in the bottom of the frame, 15-15. Pitching settled down and only one more run was scored: Beverly/Lowell plated one more in the sixth to move to 3-0. Danville had 17 hits with Dakotah Broeker's 4-for-4 and four-run effort leading the way. For Beverly/Lowell, nine players scored and Brett Gandee swatted a two-run homer and earned the save in relief. Both teams had five players had multiple runs batted in. Both teams will regroup and play again Saturday, with Danville opening the day against Gladwin Co., which stayed alive with a 6-3 win over Lyon Co., on the back of a five-run third inning. Beverly/Lowell will face Swoyersville, which topped Terre Haute, 14-4. The Pennsylvania squad trailed 4--2 heading into the bottom of the fourth but posted innings of seven, four and one to close it out.

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

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2-0: Excelsior (Minn.) Post 259, Appleton (Wisc.) Post 38

2-1: Fargo (N.D.) Post 2, Renner (S.D.) Post 307

Eliminated: Dubuque Co., (Iowa) Post 137, Sioux Falls (S.D.) Post 15, Edina (Minn.), Oshkosh (Wis.) Post 70

Weather created a bit of a mess in Region 6, with the suspension of Game 11 causing a lot of questions going into Saturday. Here’s what we do know. Excelsior and Appleton will resume at 10 a.m., in the second inning with Excelsior leading, 2-0. We also know that later in the day, Excelsior will play Renner and Appleton will play Fargo. The times of those games will be determined by Game 11 and the victor in that contest will play the late game, while the loser will have to play back-to-back. However inconvenient it may be for Renner and Fargo to wait until Saturday to know their fate, both teams are happy to still be in the tournament after must-win victories on Friday. Fargo only needed five innings thanks to an 11-0 victory over Oshkosh. Colton Frey went the whole way for Fargo, allowing just one hit and Blake Anderson was the hitting star with three hits and four runs batted in. Renner broke a scoreless draw in the fourth with six runs against Edina, but a five-run reply from the Minnesota team left the game in the balance. South Dakota pitching settled down over the last two frames and Renner advanced, 6-5.

Region 7 – Northwest – Lewiston, Idaho

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3-0: Bozeman (Mont.) Post 14

2-1 Medford (Ore.) Post 15, Kennewick (Wash.) Post 34, Idaho Falls (Idaho) Post 56

Eliminated: Juneau (Alaska) Post 25, Lewiston (Idaho) Post 13, Bellevue (Wash.), Casper (Wyo.) Post 2

Idaho Falls won the opening game on Friday in an elimination tilt against Bellevue, scoring in each of the first six innings to take a 15-7 win. In the other knockout game, Kennewick broke open a 6-6 game in the sixth inning with five runs. Eight players had hits for Kennewick. In a battle of the two 2-0 teams, Bozeman broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth and added three more in the fifth, holding on to a 4-1 win over Medford to move into the driver's seat in the region. On Saturday, Bozeman will get Idaho Falls in the nightcap and Medford and Kennewick will compete in the first game to stay alive.

Region 8 – Western – Fairfield, Calif.

3-0: Honolulu, (Hawaii) Damien Post 35

2-1: Albuquerque Post 13, Petaluma (Calif.) Post 28, Henderson (Nev.) Post 40

Eliminated: Salt Lake City (Utah) Post 116, Grand Junction (Colo.), Tucson (Ariz.) Post 36, Fairfield (Calif.) Expos Baseball

Petaluma's bats turned on in the fourth inning and three straight multi-run innings followed, taking Petaluma past Tucson, 9-3, in the first elimination game of the day. Immediately following the first two times Albuquerque scored in the second game of the day, the hosts, Fairfield, responded, leading to a tie ballgame headed to the bottom of the seventh inning. New Mexico loaded the bases for Roy Lee Jennings, who brought home Brent Rigtrup with a single to right field to walk off as winners. The big game of the night was the unbeaten showdown and it did not disappoint. Henderson jumped out to an early lead on Honolulu with three in the first and, after Honolulu cut that lead to one, Henderson matched the two-spot with two more to make the lead 5-2 in the fourth. Honolulu chipped away, scoring two in the fifth and one more in the sixth to force extras. Hawaii walked off as winners in the ninth after a walk, sacrifice bunt and single ended the game. Henderson faces Albuquerque at 4 p.m., Saturday followed by Honolulu and Petaluma at 7 p.m.


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Legion’s second century: An opportunity to welcome in more veterans

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At about every American Legion national convention over the last 40 years that National Adjutant Daniel Wheeler has attended, a resolution is brought forth about opening some periods of war dates for Legion membership.

These resolutions did not pass because if The American Legion asked Congress to open war dates then they would have to open dates that were not war periods. And then The American Legion would not be a war veterans organization, and that has tax and IRS consequences with the organization’s status under the law, Wheeler explained to attendees of the Legion’s 56th annual National Membership Workshop Aug. 9 in Indianapolis.

The idea about opening membership eligibility was raised again last year at convention, but with a tangible solution. More than 1,600 servicemembers have been killed or were wounded in previously undeclared periods of war by Congress. Thus, the LEGION Act asked Congress to recognize these periods that “were in fact war … that gave The American Legion the opportunity to welcome wartime veterans who previously had not been acknowledged into our ranks … and to honor those who gave their lives to hostile action that was undeclared by Congress,” Wheeler said.

“The American Legion’s most important principal throughout the last century is ‘a veteran is a veteran.’”

The LEGION Act was signed into law July 30 by President Trump, extending the ongoing declared period of war back to Dec. 7, 1941. Prior to this signing, more than 4.2 veterans were ineligible to join The American Legion. “Those times are over,” Wheeler said. “Their opportunity for national service to The American Legion is now as our second century unfolds.”

With more veterans eligible to join, American Legion departments will now have the opportunity to go for new all-time membership highs heading into the Legion’s second century. Departments’ membership base will be what it was on delegate strength date this year and that will be the base departments’ operate from to get all-time high awards hereafter. “So everyone now has a chance to be an all-time high department. I think that’s really exciting,” Wheeler said.

Out of the 55 American Legion departments, 11 surpassed their membership goal for 2018-2019 – the Departments of Alabama, Alaska, California, France, Hawaii, Idaho, Mexico, New Hampshire, Philippines, Utah and Wyoming.

“It has always been and always will be our sacred responsibility to care for those who served,” said Rev. Daniel Seehafer of Wisconsin, chairman of the National Membership and Post Activities Committee. “You are the ones in the field. And you are the ones who can make that difference in membership. It only takes one.” With the LEGION Act, “I want you fired up like never before,” Seehafer added.

Since Aug. 5, less than a week after the signing of the LEGION Act, more than 300 previously ineligible veterans are known to have joined The American Legion by signing up via legion.org. It is unknown how many have signed up directly through departments and posts.

“The American Legion legacy will grow into our second century and if we build on the respect America has for our organization already and the services we provide, a mission we can and we must share with a new population of veterans who are now eligible to call themselves Legionnaires,” Wheeler said. “We stand on the precipitous of a great opportunity for growth in The American Legion and additional service extending into future generations.”


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DPAA identifies remains of 25 more missing Korean War veterans

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Department of Defense officials identified 25 more missing servicemembers from the remains returned to the United States by North Korea. The repatriation of 55 cases of remains marked the largest single turnover of remains by North Korea and the first since 2007.

The news of the identifications was first announced by Vice President Mike Pence and confirmed by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) during their 2019 Korean War and Cold War annual Government Briefings. More than 500 family members attended the meetings providing the latest information to family members of those unaccounted for from the two conflicts.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the news of the identifications “a promise kept from the agreement between Chairman Kim and President Donald Trump … to return all of our fallen heroes.”

The American Legion has long advocated for the return of remains from the Korean Peninsula and is dedicated to a full accounting of U.S. military classified as missing in action or prisoners of war. DPAA Director Kelly McKeague presented American Legion National Commander Brett Reistad with a flag that had been draped over one of the 55 transfer cases of remains during the Legion’s annual Washington Conference.

“This was the first time that North Koreans had turned over remains in 13 years,” McKeague said during the conference. “You are part of this. Your advocacy. Your raising awareness resulted in this happening.

“You continue to champion this noble cause in the halls of Congress and throughout the communities of this great nation. To not only raise the awareness level of our American leaders and Americans of all stripes, but more importantly to engender their support.”

More than 82,000 U.S. servicemembers are still considered to be missing in action, according to DPAA, whose mission it is to provide the fullest possible accounting for the missing U.S. servicemembers of past conflicts.


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Legion Baseball regionals: Day 2 recap

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Day two is in the books for the 2019 American Legion Baseball regionals, setting up a busy Friday with two elimination games and one matchup of undefeateds in each region.

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

Region 1 – Northeast – Shrewsbury, Mass.

2-0: Lawrence (Mass.), Shrewsbury (Mass.) Post 397
1-1: Brattleboro (Vt.) Post 5, Cumberland (R.I.) Post 14, Southington (Conn.) Post 72, Stamford (Conn.) Post 3
Eliminated: Nashua (N.H.) Post 124, Hampden (Maine)

Shrewsbury started and ended the day, both with victories. Early in the morning, the host team completed a 15-2 victory over Hampden in a continuation of a rain-suspended game from Wednesday. The bats stayed hot at night in a 9-0 win over Brattleboro. As a 2-0 team, Shrewsbury will face off against the other unbeaten, in-state rivals Lawrence, which earned a 4-1 victory over Cumberland. The two Massachusetts teams sent Brattleboro and Cumberland to the bottom half of the bracket where they will face off with Stamford and Southington, respectively, after the two Connecticut teams staved off elimination with victories Thursday. Stamford had a convincing bounce-back effort, winning 11-1 over Nashua and Southington took advantage of a Hampden team that had to play just three hours prior to win 6-2.

 

Region 2 – Mid-Atlantic – Asheboro, N.C.
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2-0: Vienna Post (Va.) 180, Morgantown (W.V.) Post 2
1-1: Middletown (Del.) Canal Post 25, Brooklawn (N.J) Post 72, Wilmington (N.C.) Post 10, Randolph Co., (N.C.) Post 45
Eliminated: Funkstown (Md.) Post 211, Hamburg (N.Y.) Post 527

Since 2011, only one team not from the states of Delaware or New Jersey have won Region 2, with Brooklawn winning five straight in that span. In addition, three of the last six American Legion World Series champions came from those states, but both fell into the bottom half of the bracket Wednesday. On Thursday, both states rebounded and soundly stayed alive. Middletown opened the day with a 10-5 win to eliminate Funkstown, scoring four in the top of the seventh to break open a close game. Brooklawn put up eight runs in the first three innings to take care of Hamburg, 9-3. In the top half the bracket, both teams from the host state of North Carolina fell, setting up a very interesting bottom half of the bracket Friday. Morgantown leadoff man Quintin Smith had three runs to help propel his team to the all-important Game 11 by beating Wilmington, 9-4. In the nightcap, Vienna bested the host team, Randolph Co., 6-2, scoring all six runs in the final three turns at bat. Vienna and Morgantown, both of whom have had a great start to the regional tournament, will square off in the finale Friday for a chance to remain the lone unbeaten team in the region.


Region 3 – Southeast – Tampa, Fla.

2-0: Tupelo (Miss) 49ers
1-0: Destrehan, La. Post 366 Pedal Valve Cardinals, West Tampa (Fla.) Post 248
1-1: Tallahassee (Fla.) Post 13, Troy (Ala.) Post 70, Fort Mill (S.C.) Post 43
Eliminated: Greer (S.C.) Post 115, Columbia (Tenn.) Post 19

Another rain-shortened day in the Sunshine State means that the host team, West Tampa, will have to play their second delayed morning game instead of night game. Game 4, originally scheduled for Wednesday, saw the hosts top Columbia, 10-1. The Tennessee team was forced to play three hours later and fell again to Troy, 12-3, to end their season. In the other game in the bottom of the bracket, Fort Mill topped Greer, 15-3, in a Palmetto State battle of the two South Carolina finalists. Two of the 1-0 teams were able to get their game in, with Tupelo scoring in five of the six frames they had at bat, earning a 7-4 victory over Tallahassee. The matchup between West Tampa and Destrehan will be moved to Friday morning before resuming the normal schedule.

 

Region 4- Mid-South – Hastings, Neb.

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2-0: Festus (Mo.) Post 253, Fremont (Neb.) Post 20
1-1: Bryant (Ark.) Post 298, Coweta (Okla.) Post 226, Hastings (Neb.) Post 11, Texarkana (Texas) Post 25
Eliminated: Sadalia (Mo.) Post 642, Emporia (Kan.) Post 5

Fans in the Mid-South region were rewarded with four come-from-behind thrillers in Hastings, Neb., Thursday with three games decided by one run and the other one seeing a four-run rally in the seventh inning to win. Texarkana fought off elimination, topping Sedalia, 5-4, in the region's opening game, rallying from a 2-0 hole and scoring a run in the top of the sixth to break a deadlock. Home fans were treated to a courageous rally by Hastings in the second elimination game, as the hosts overcame a 6-1 deficit with three in the fifth and two more in the sixth to force extras before a Gabe Conant single brought home Mason Brumbaugh in the bottom of the ninth to walk off as winners. Coweta took a 4-1 lead into the fifth against Fremont but the Nebraska state champion also rallied, scoring two in the fifth to get within one and four in the top of the seventh to move to 2-0 on the campaign. In a day-ending pitchers' duel, Bryant scored in the top of the first and held that lead until a fifth inning rally from Festus brought home two runs to seal a 2-1 win.

 

Region 5 – Great Lakes – Charleston, Ill.

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2-0 Beverly/Lowell (Ohio) Post 387/750, Danville (Ill.) Post 210
1-1: Swoyersville (Pa.) Post 644, Gladwin Co., (Mich.) Post 171, Lyon Co., (Ky.) Post 68, Terre Haute (Ind.) 346
Eliminated: Hempfield (Pa.) Post 981, Charleston (Ill.) Post 93

A battle of Pennsylvania opened the day as Hempfield and Swoyersville squared off in the morning’s elimination game. Hempfield scored in the top of the first but could only manage one hit of Swoyersville pitching on the day in a 4-1 defeat. Gladwin Co., scored in each of the final five innings to eliminate the host team, Charleston, Ill., 8-4. In the top half of the bracket, Lyon Co., and Danville played am exciting one, with Lyon Co., rallying from a 5-1 hole to tie it up in the seventh, but a walk-off hit by pitch won it for Danville in the bottom of the frame. On the heels of a 13-5 win on Thursday, Beverly/Lowell's offense stayed hot in a 10-2 win over Terre Haute. The Ohio team’s pitching was equally impressive, allowing only one hit in the contest.


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

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2-0: Excelsior (Minn.) Post 259, Appleton (Wisc.) Post 38
1-1: Edina (Minn.), Oshkosh (Wisc.) Post 70, Fargo (N.D.) Post 2, Renner (S.D.) Post 307
Eliminated: Dubuque Co., (Iowa) Post 137, Sioux Falls (S.D.) Post 15

On Wednesday, both Wisconsin teams and both Minnesota teams won, leading to two intrastate matchups in the winner's bracket in Region 6. In the Badger State showdown, the lead changed six times before the pendulum ultimately swung Appleton's way with a two-run top of the seventh to earn a 9-8 winner. The Gopher State showdown was actually the third in five days and the rematch turned out the same way as the Minnesota state title did, with Excelsior earning the victory. Post 259 had five players with multiple hits and only allowed five defensively in the 7-0 victory. In the bottom half of the bracket, Dubuque Co., found itself in a 9-0 hole and rallied to put the tying run in scoring position but the Iowa team's bid to return to the American Legion World Series fell short in a 10-8 defeat to Renner. In a contest between the two Dakotas, Fargo put up seven runs in the second and nearly matched it in the fourth to post a 13-1 victory, eliminating the hosts from Sioux Falls. Taylor Parrett only allowed one hit in his four innings on the mound.

 

Region 7 – Northwest – Lewiston, Idaho

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2-0: Bozeman (Mont.) Post 14, Medford (Ore.) Post 15
1-1: Kennewick (Wash.) Post 34, Idaho Falls (Idaho) Post 56, Bellevue (Wash.), Casper (Wyo.) Post 2
Eliminated: Juneau (Alaska) Post 25, Lewiston (Idaho) Post 13

The 2019 American Legion Baseball national tournament might not see a comeback like the miracle Casper, Wyo., pulled off to stay alive in Region 7. Down 8-3 in the bottom of the seventh, three doubles led off the inning and Juneau’s control issues helped Wyoming move runners along before a game-ending wild pitch ended the contest, 9-8. The second elimination game was more convincing, as Bellevue scored ten runs between the third and fifth to earn a 10-0 victory, eliminating the hosts, Lewiston. In the top half of the bracket, Medford and Idaho Falls matched scorelines for the first five innings, both scoring one in the first and two in the fourth, but a three-run sixth for Medford was not matched and Oregon moved to 2-0 with a 6-3 win. Sage McMinn hurled a gem for Bozeman in the nightcap to send Montana to 2-0 with a 5-0 win over Kennewick. McMinn struck out eight in his three-hit shutout.


Region 8 – Western – Fairfield, Calif.

2-0: Henderson (Nev.) Post 40, Honolulu, (Hawaii) Damien Post 35
1-1: Albuquerque, NM Post 13, Tucson (Ariz.) Post 36, Petaluma (Calif.) Post 28, Fairfield (Calif.) Expos Baseball
Eliminated: Salt Lake City (Utah) Post 116, Grand Junction (Colo.)

Out west, two offenses that really didn't want to go home squared off in a game where one team had to. Salt Lake City had four innings with multiple runs and took a 10-6 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning, but that was not enough in this slugfest as their opponents from New Mexico brought six home in the frame to earn a 12-10 win to stay alive. All nine Albuquerque starters scored at least one run. In the other elimination tilt, Tucson held on to its lead to prevent a Grand Junction comeback, staying alive with a 6-3 win. Henderson and Petaluma played a tight contest between two 1-0 teams, with Henderson emerging victorious, 4-2 to stay unbeaten. In the final game of the day, the hosts, Fairfield, led for the majority of the game after a four-run top of the first inning but Honolulu chipped away with runs in the second and fifth before sending nine men to the plate in the sixth, plating four to take a 6-4 lead. Fairfield had the tying run reach base but ultimately, Honolulu closed the door.

 

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Legion Baseball regionals: Day 1 recap

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Day one is over for the 2019 American Legion Baseball regionals, and half the teams moved on to the winners’ bracket, while the other half cannot afford to lose again in the double elimination event.

The day featured a pair of no-hitters, a few walk-offs and some familiar faces to Legion Baseball fans.

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Here is a recap of the eight regionals through day one:

Region 1 – Northeast – Shrewsbury, Mass.

As has become a tradition in Region 1, the first day of games was a rainy one with only three games able to be completed. Cumberland, R.I., Post 14 opened the day with a resounding 11-1 victory over Stamford, Conn., Post 3 in a strong team effort as Post 14 had eight different players score. In the middle game, Brattleboro, Vt., rallied from an early deficit, using two two-run innings to hold on to a 4-3 win over Southington, Conn., Post 72. The contest between Lawrence, Mass., and Nashua, N.H., was a nailbiter throughout with the only run coming on a fifth inning homer from Lawrence’s leadoff man, Kebler Peralta. In the bottom of the final inning, Nashua put runners on second and third with one out but a strikeout and a caught stealing at home on a failed suicide squeeze attempt ended the game. The nightcap, featuring Hampden, Maine and the hosts, Shrewsbury, Mass., Post 397, was suspended with Shrewsbury on top, 6-1, and will conclude Thursday morning before resuming a normal schedule. The two winners bracket games will be moved to Tivnan Park due to weather.

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

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Middletown, Del., Canal Post 25 and Morgantown, W.V., Post 2 started the day in Asheboro and, after a two-run top of the first for Morgantown, the pitchers tossed eight immaculate half-innings, allowing only two hits over that span. After Delaware had consecutive two-run innings, West Virginia rallied for two runs in the top of the seventh to force extras and added two more in the eighth, holding on for a 6-5 win. In the second game, Vienna, Va., Post 180 scored six runs early and held off a valiant run by Brooklawn, N.J., Post 72, 8-7. Wilmington, N.C., Post 10 took control of the day’s third game with a five-run third and put it away with seven in the seventh to top Funkstown, Md., Post 211. A little rain didn’t stop the host team, Randolph Co., N.C., Post 45 in the nightcap. Seeking a third consecutive trip to the American Legion World Series, Randolph toppled Hamburg, N.Y., Post 527, 11-6.

Region 3 – Southeast – Tampa, Fla.

Destrehan, La. Post 366 Pedal Valve Cardinals and Troy, Ala., Post 70 got the Southeast Regional off to a flying start with a memorable opening game. Louisiana overcame deficits of 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 to force extra innings behind a seventh-inning home run by Ron Franklin. After working out of trouble in the top of the eighth, the Cardinals played small ball to walk off as winners. In the second game, Tupelo, Miss., Post 49 defeated Fort Mill, S.C., 4-1, in a contest in which all the runs were scored in the fifth inning. It will be an all-South Carolina elimination game Thursday as the state's champion, Greer Post 115, also fell on opening day, dropping a 3-0 decision to Tallahassee, Fla., Post 13, which worked out of trouble all game to move to the winners’ bracket. It will be the fourth time in two weeks that the two South Carolina teams square off. The final game of the day, Columbia, Tenn., Post 19 and West Tampa, Fla., Post 248 was postponed for Thursday morning.

Region 4- Mid-South – Hastings, Neb.

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Coweta, Okla., Post 226 defeated Texarkana, Texas Post 25, 2-0, in the opener behind two runs in the top of the seventh inning to break up a pitchers’ duel in Hastings, Neb. In the second game of the day, Festus, Mo., Post 253 used four early runs to take an advantage over Emporia, Kan., Post 5, eventually holding on for a 5-3 victory. In game three, Fremont, Neb., Post 20 earned an 8-2 victory over Sedalia, Mo., Post 642, but the story was pitcher Brody Sintek, who pitched a no hitter with 13 strikeouts, including one to seal the game. In the final game of the day, Bryant, Ark., Post 298 fell behind early against the hosts, Hastings, Neb., Post 11, but rallied for three runs in the fifth to earn the 3-2 win.

Region 5 – Great Lakes – Charleston, Ill.

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In the Great Lakes, all four games started with runs in the top of the first inning, but oddly those teams finished 1-3 on the day. Hempfield, Pa., Post 981 started the day off by scoring, but Lyon Co., Ky., Post 68 rallied immediately for three runs and went on to a 5-2 win in the morning game. Likewise, Gladwin Co., Mich., Post 171 got off to a good start but suffered a 13-5 defeat at the hands of Beverly/Lowell, Ohio Post 389/750, which scored had three innings with at least three runs. Danville, Ill., Post 210 also had to rally from an early hole against Swoyersville, Pa., Post 644, coming back from a three-run deficit to take a 7-4 win. Terre Haute, Ind., Post 346 bucked the trend of fast starters fading in the nightcap, putting up a five-spot on the board against Charleston, Ill., Post 93 to take the host’s crowd out of the game early and added seven more for a 12-1 win. Dillon Kinnett led the way with five runs batted in for Terre Haute.

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

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Appleton, Wisc., Post 38 used a five-run third to power past Dubuque Co., IA Post 137, 9-4, in the opener of the Central Plains Regional. That offensive explosion was soon dwarfed by the bats in the matchup between Excelsior, Minn., Post 259 and Fargo, N.D., Post 2. Each team brought four runs home in the first inning, but Excelsior added six more in the second and four more in the fifth on the way to a 17-11 victory. The third game only had nine total hits and all the runs were scored in the first three innings as Oshkosh, Wisc., Post 70 held off Renner, S.D., Post 307, 4-3. In the nightcap, Edina, Minn., and Sioux Falls, S.D., got themselves into a wild one. After a scoreless first inning, the hosts scored in each of the final six innings, taking a lead of 7-3 into the bottom of the sixth inning. Edina scored four in the sixth to tie it, but fell behind again after conceding a run in the top of the seventh. Fortunately for the Minnesota team, the bats stayed hot and two runs came home in the bottom of the frame to walk off on an Andrew Enck hit as winners and set up a matchup with Excelsior for the third time in five days, seeking revenge for the Minnesota state title.

Region 7 – Northwest – Lewiston, Idaho

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Some strong pitching performances highlighted Region 7’s opening day in Idaho. Bennett Thompson started for Medford, Ore., Post 15 and only gave up one hit in 5.2 innings to help top Juneau, Alaska Post 25, 4-0. Bozeman, Mont., Post 14 took the second game of the day, 5-2, in a win over Bellevue, Wash., ending the game on a nice double play to get out of a threat. Perhaps the story of the day was Randon Hostert, ace of the Idaho Falls, Idaho Post 56 squad. The recent Utah commit racked up 10 strikeouts and only allowed two baserunners in a six-inning no hitter. His offense helped him with ten runs, including three runs driven in by Hostert himself, and the team tacked on three in the sixth to walk off the game and earn Hostert the no-no over Casper, Wyo, Post 2. In the nightcap, Kennewick, Wash., Post 34 earned an 8-5 victory over the hosts, Lewiston, Idaho Post 13, scoring four runs in each of the final two innings to overcome a 2-0 deficit.

Region 8 – Western – Fairfield, Calif.

The Western regional opened with a familiar face for American Legion Baseball fans: Henderson, Nev., Post 40. The 2017 champions took home an 8-3 win over Albuquerque, N.M., Post 13 and 2017 George W. Rulon Player of the Year Shane Spencer earned the save in relief. A close contest in Game 2 broke open when Honolulu Hawaii Damien Post 35 put up eight runs in the third inning to open up a huge lead on Grand Junction, Colo. The well-rounded effort had 11 Hawaiian players get hits. It was a great day for California, as both teams in the region were victorious. First, Petaluma Post 28 scored four in the sixth inning to break a deadlock and defeat Salt Lake City, Utah Highland Post 116. In the final game of the day nation-wide, all eyes were on California’s hosts, Fairfield Expos Baseball and the home team did not disappoint. Four runs in the top of the first and three more in the second was more than enough for pitcher Kyle Boll, who pitched a one-hitter, striking out eight Tuscan, Ariz., Post 36 players in a 10-0 win.

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