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American Legion Baseball Moline Post 246 Wins Opener at Great Lakes Regional

The Moline Post 246 American Legion baseball squad is in Midland, Michigan this week for the Great Lakes Regional tournament. It’s the final step in the journey to qualify for the World Series, which starts August 11th in Shelby, North Carolina. Eight teams made up of Legion Posts from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin will be trying to be one of those World Series finalists.

The Great Lakes Regional tournament started on Wednesday……sort of. Moline, the runner-up in the Illinois state tournament, got their game in yesterday morning against Eau Claire Post 53 before the rains started to fall in Midland. The second game between Aviston Post 1239, which defeated Moline for the Illinois state championship, and Manitowoc Post 88 was halted by a rainstorm in the fourth inning with Aviston leading 3-0. The game was not restarted and will be finished on Thursday, along with two other postponed first round games.

Moline defeated Eau Claire 3-2 to move on to the winner’s bracket semifinals. Moline scored all the runs they would need in the first inning as leadoff hitter, Robert Woods led the frame off with a double and would come around to score on an infield error by Eau Claire. It was the first of three straight first-inning errors and five on the day for the Wisconsin state runners up. Moline would put up a 3-spot in their first at-bat, with all three being unearned. Braden Thatcher went the distance on the mound for Moline, scattering eight hits and allowing two earned runs, with one strikeout and giving out two base on balls. Moline is now (28-12) and will await the winner of the suspended game between Aviston/Manitowoc on Thursday night. Aviston defeated Moline twice at the Illinois state tournament by scores of 6-0 and 4-1.

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