ALBION/HARTINGTON – A day after going into extra innings with a 1-0, nine inning victory over Wayne, the Pierce Juniors had a tall hill to climb to advance to state.
For the fifth straight day, Albion has hosted the Class B 2021 Area 5 Junior American Legion Baseball Tournament.
On Tuesday, #2 Pierce had to beat #1 Albion twice on the final day and the team did just that. Pierce won game one, 7-2 while taking the winner-take-all championship game, 10-1. Pierce will advance to the Class B Juniors State Tournament hosted by Waverly beginning this Saturday, July 17.
Pierce avenged a semifinal loss to Albion, 9-3.
Nebraska Legion Tournament website.
B1 (Nebraska City): #5 Plattsmouth vs. #1 Beatrice at 5 p.m. with winner vs. #3 Nebraska City in one-game final
B2 (Ashland): #3 Lincoln Lutheran vs. #1 Arlington at 5 p.m. with winner vs. #2 Waverly in one-game final
B3 (Roncalli): #1 Blair vs. #4 Waterloo-Valley at 5 p.m., Waterloo will need to win twice
B4 (York): #4 Central City vs. #2 Sutton at 5 p.m., Sutton will need to win twice
B5 (Albion): #2 Pierce defeated #1 Albion in winner-take-all game, 10-1
B6 (Gothenburg): #1 Broken Bow defeated #2 Gothenburg, 8-0
B7 (Chadron): #4 Chadron defeated #1 Alliance, 10-3
In Hartington for the Class C Area 1 Junior Tournament, #3 Wisner-Pilger/Dodge-Howells outscored #1 Hartington, 6-5 in the eighth inning to win 11-10. The host Hartington has been eliminated while Wisner will next face #2 Pender scheduled for 4 p.m. today in Hartington pending field conditions.
Pender is the host site for the Class C Junior State Tournament beginning on Saturday, July 17. Win or loss, Wisner-Pilger/Dodge-Howells will represent Area 1 as Pender is automatically qualified for state since they’re the host. Pender defeated Wisner, 15-11 on July 11.
C1 (Hartington): #2 Pender vs. #3 Wisner-Pilger/Dodge-Howells
C2 (North Bend): #2 Yutan vs. #1 Malcolm at 5 p.m., Malcolm will need to win twice
C3 (Syracuse): #2 Syracuse vs. #3 Tecumseh at 5:30 p.m., Tecumseh will have to win twice
C4 (Beaver Crossing): #1 Lincoln Christian defeated #3 Tri County, 1-0
C5 (Silver Creek): #2 PWG defeated #1 Battle Creek in winner-take-all game, 11-3
C6 (Boelus): #1 DCB defeated #2 Ord, 6-0
C7 (Gordon): #1 Imperial defeated #2 Sheridan County in winner-take-all game, 7-6