WAYNE/ALBION – A close play-in championship game in both Class B and C State Tournaments led to more exciting Senior American Legion baseball Wednesday evening.
From Hank Overin Field in Wayne for Class B action, both Wahoo and Bennington were held scoreless over the opening two innings. But, Wahoo then tallied a run in the bottom of the third to lead 1-0. After that, more defense and pitching led to a 1-0 final in favor of Wahoo.
During the championship contest, it was a different story. After Springfield suffered a 12-4 defeat Tuesday to Bennington they awaited an opponent for a winner-take-all match. Springfield defeated Wahoo Saturday night into Sunday morning with the rain delay over the weekend, 5-1.
Springfield jumped on Wahoo early scoring five runs in the first and two more in the second to lead 7-0. Wahoo started to mount a comeback with a run in the top of the fifth and two in the sixth to trail, 7-3. But, Springfield closed out the game in the bottom of the sixth tacking on six runs to win 13-3.
This marked the first championship and runner-up finish for both teams.
Moving into Class C postseason baseball from Leon Nelson Memorial Field in Albion, Pender took on Wilber for the second time. In their first meeting on Sunday, Pender used a four-run seventh inning to walk-off over Wilber 7-6.
Wednesday evening, Wilber struck first with a run in the bottom of the second before Pender tied the game in the third with a run while adding four more runs in the fourth to lead 5-1. Both teams scored two runs in the fifth, Pender tacked on two more runs in the sixth and Wilber attempted a comeback with a four-run seventh. Final found Pender winning 9-7.
It was Wilber sending David City to the winner-take-all championship game thanks to a 6-2 final Tuesday. David City defeated Pender on Monday, 2-1. David City jumped out front with a five-run second inning while adding a run in the third to lead 6-0. Pender posted back-to-back three-run innings in the fourth and fifth to tie the game. But, in the bottom of the sixth David City posted four runs and held on for the 10-6 victory.
David City defended their Class C Senior State Title after winning in 2017 while the Pender Seniors joined their Junior team as runner-up in 2018. This marks the fifth runner-up finish for the Pender Seniors dating back to 1977, also in 2003; 2011 and 2013.