Day 1 is over for the 2018 American Legion Baseball regionals. While half the teams moved on to the winners’ bracket, the other half cannot afford to lose again in the double elimination event.
Here is a recap of the eight regionals from Day 1:
Region 1: Northeast – Shrewsbury, Mass.
The first region to kick off the regionals featured a host of good pitching. Essex, Vt., Post 91 took home a 4-1 win over Southington, Conn., Post 72 behind Maverick King's stellar performance, going the distance with nine strikeouts and without allowing just one earned run. Portland, Maine, had three pitchers combine for a shutout in a 1-0 win over Cumberland, R.I., in the late morning game. Braintree, Mass., Post 86 finished the day with a 7-2 win over Ellington, Conn., Post 62. The Northeast region could only complete three games Wednesday due to weather, so there will be five games in Shrewsbury, Mass., on Thursday.
Region 2: Mid-Atlantic – Purcellville, Va.
After Broad Street Park, N.J., Post 313 took a 7-3 win in the opener, the Mid-Atlantic region finished with three straight one-run games with Wilmington, Del., Post 1 winning 1-0, on a walk-off error. A Cooper Rosner single gave Vienna, Va., Post 180 another walk-off in the third game, winning 7-6. In the nightcap, the hosts, Leesburg, Va., Post 34 fell 5-4, to Severna Park, Md., Post 175. Each of the first five hitters in the Maryland lineup scored a run in the nail-biter.
Region 3: Southeast – Asheboro, N.C.
Rain shortened opening day for Region 3, forcing scheduling changes to Thursday. However, the Asheboro regional did complete three games. Lyon Co., Ky., Post 68 scored in five innings to take home an 11-1 win in the opener. Troy, Ala., Post 70 followed with a 7-4 win in the middle contest. The region’s final contest pitted Tallahassee, Fla., Post 13 and Wilmington, N.C., Post 10. In a game with just six hits total, Brad Lord out-dueled Price King to give Florida the victory.
Region 4: Mid-South – New Orleans
Region 4 had two shutouts with Tupelo, Miss., Post 49 posting a 7-0 victory in the morning contest and Gonzales, La., Post 81 taking home a 2-0 victory in the third game of the day. Coleton Ausbern and Twain Guice were the starters for the two teams, respectively, but both got help from the bullpen to finish off the game. Tupelo’s Jeremiah Hill ended up a triple shy of the cycle. Bryant, Ark., Post 298, which reached the 2017 American Legion World Series, used four pitchers to piece together an 8-3 win. Logan Chambers and Logan Catton combined for five runs at the top of the Bryant lineup. In the night game, Jefferson City, Mo., Post 5 allowed the host New Orleans Post 285 to equalize in the fourth inning, but immediately responded in the bottom half of the frame to take a 2-1 victory.
Region 5: Great Lakes – Napoleon, Ohio
It was a tough start for the home state as both Circleville Post 130 and the hosts Napoleon Post 300 fell on opening day to Sheboygan, Wis., Post 83, and Danville, Ill., Post 210, respectively. In the morning half of the slate, Midland, Mich., Post 165 capitalized on a Garrett Willis three-hit shutout to top Eau Claire, Wis., Post 53. Terre Haute, Ind., Post 346 bested Mt. Prospect, Ill., Post 525, 5-1, in the region’s other contest.
Region 6: Central Plains – Dickinson, N.D.
American Legion Baseball is testing regional live streaming at Region 6, and the North Dakota-based regional provided entertaining contests for the internet audience. Easton Young started the day off for Millard West, Neb., Post 374 by pitching a two-hit shutout over Wayzata, Minn., Post 118 in a 1-0 contest. Following a Dubuque, Co., Post 137 win over Rapid City, S.D., Post 22, the fans were treated to a great contest in the early afternoon. West Fargo, N.D., Post 308 scored three runs in their last at-bat to overcome a deficit and walk off New Brighton, Minn., Post 513, 6-5. You can see the winning hit by clicking here. In the nightcap, Omaha, Neb., Post 1- Burke H.S., dispatched of the hosts, Dickinson, N.D., Post 3, behind a strong offensive effort.
Region 7: Northwest – Missoula, Mont.
Yakima Valley, Wash., Post 36 rallied for three in the top of the seventh with consecutive hits from Carson Vick and Anthony Tatro bringing in the tying and go-ahead runs to defeat Medford, Ore., Post 15, 4-3. Not to be outdone, the second game was equally riveting with Alex Nielbeck stealing second to allow Charlie Tentinger to bring him home as Meridian, Idaho, Post 113 capped a four-run rally to walk off winners against Juneau, Alaska. Five runs from Waipahu, Hawaii, in the bottom of the sixth weren't enough to catch Billings, Mont., Post 4, as Billings won 11-8. Jarret Leinwand and Sam Evenson both homered for Billings. Capping off the evening, the hosts Missoula Post 27 fell, 5-3, to Cheyenne, Wyo., Post 6.
Region 8: Western – Denver
League City, Texas, Post 554 closed strongly with four runs in the final three innings to earn a 6-2 win in the opener. In the second game, Las Vegas Post 40 rallied from a 2-0 deficit to earn a 3-2 win over Petaluma, Calif. A four-run first inning was enough for Fort Collins, Colo., Post 1879 in a 5-3 win over Tucson, Ariz. In the evening contest, the hosts Greeley, Colo., earned a 2-0 shutout victory behind Connery O'Donnell on the mound hurling 6 1/3 shutout innings before Colton Wilder closed it out.
Select games are streaming live on https://www.rad247sports.com.