Wakefield Post 81 Juniors Secure Area 1 Championship, Fight Off Five Straight Elimination Games

WAKEFIELD – Coming in needing to win twice and already granted a spot in the Class C Junior American Legion baseball tournament wasn’t enough for the Wakefield Post 81 Juniors.

From Eaton Field in Wakefield, the Class C Area 1 Junior Legion Tournament came to a close on Tuesday.

With Creighton earning the automatic spot in the Class C Junior Legion State Tourney, Wakefield was already awarded a spot to represent Area 1 with a win or loss.

Tuesday’s first game went back-and-forth between #1 Creighton-Plainview and #2 Wakefield.

Wakefield Post 81 started off strong with three runs in the first and two more in the second to lead 5-0. Creighton put a run on the board in the third before Post 81 extended their lead to 10-1 thanks to a five-run fourth. Both teams went off in the fifth with Creighton outsourcing Wakefield, 11-6 which still favored Wakefield 16-12. Creighton took a brief 19-16 lead thanks to a seven-run top of the seventh before Wakefield Post 81 closed out the game with a four-run home half of the seventh to secure the 20-19 walk-off victory. Both teams finished with nine hits.

Then in the winner-take-all championship game, Wakefield cruised to an 11-0 victory to win the Class C Area 1 Tournament game. Post 81 scored runs of one each in the first, second and third innings; three in the fourth and five more in the fifth to run-rule Creighton as Wakefield outhit their opponent, 8-0.

Aside from a 1-0 loss in the first round on Friday and a one-run victory (7-6/eight innings) in their first elimination game, Wakefield Post 81 outscored their final four opponents, 57-26 winning five straight elimination games to be crowned C1 Area Champs.


Creighton will host the Class C Junior American Legion Baseball State Tournament from Saturday, July 16 – Wednesday, July 20.

Wakefield will represent Area 1 as the champion and open with the Area 3 Champion of Malcolm at 5 p.m. on Saturday in Creighton. The other evening game will feature the host Creighton-Plainview (Area 1 runner-up) vs. Area 6 Champ DCB at 8 p.m. The two losers will play each other at 2 p.m. on Sunday while the two winners would face off at 8 p.m. also on Sunday

Opening round games on Saturday will showcase Area 2 Champion Pender vs. Area 5 Champ PWG at 11 a.m. followed by Area 4 Champ Tri-County vs. Area 7 (no bracket available) Champ Imperial at 2 p.m. The two losers will play each other at 11 a.m. on Sunday while the two winners would face off at 5 p.m. also on Sunday.