For the first time in 42 years, Delaware will be represented at the American Legion World Series in Shelby, North Carolina.
On Sunday night, in Purcellville, Virginia, the team avenged last season’s crushing defeat in Regionals, Post 1 defeated host Leesburg, Virginia 10-0 to advance to the program’s first-ever World Series appearance, according to a statement on the group’s website. Chris Ludman threw a complete game 1-hit shutout, striking out 4. Jack Dubecq put the game away with a 4th inning grand-slam, capping off a 6 run inning. Nate Thomas was 4 for 4 and Eric Ludman added 2 RBIs.
The team had little time to rest. Early on Monday morning, they headed south to the American Legion World Series in Shelby, North Carolina.
Their first game will be tomorrow, Thursday, August 16, at 10:00 am
Post One’s World Series schedule:
Thursday 8/16 vs. Central Plains (Dubuque County, IA Post 308), 10am, ESPN3
Friday 8/17 vs. Mid-South (Gonzales, PA Post 81), 4pm, ESPN3
Sunday 8/19 vs. Northeast (Braintree, MA Post 86), 1pm, ESPNU
Monday 8/20 – Semifinals, 4pm or 7pm, ESPNU
Tuesday 8/21 – National Championship, 7pm, ESPNU
American Legion Baseball has over 3,500 teams nation-wide with approximately 60,000 participants aged 13-19 annually. Of the millions of participants over the 92 years of American Legion Baseball, a total of 77 went on to become Baseball Hall of Famers. Current stars such as Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander and Jacob deGrom played Legion Baseball.
The teams participating in the 2018 American Legion World Series, taking place Thursday, Aug. 16 through Tuesday, Aug. 21, are Braintree, Mass., Post 86; Wilmington, Del., Post 1; Randolph County, N.C., Post 45; Gonzales, La., Post 81; Midland, Mich., Post 165; Dubuque County, Iowa, Post 137; Meridian, Idaho, Post 113; and Las Vegas Post 40.