Local roundup: Delaware Post 1 defeats Iowa 3-0 in American Legion World Series opener

Chris Ludman pitched seven shutout innings and Delaware Post 1 downed Dubuque County, Iowa Post 137, 3-0, as the 92nd American Legion Baseball World Series got underway at Keeter Stadium in Shelby, N.C. on Thursday.

Post 1 is the first Delaware team to reach the World Series since 1976. The Mid-Atlantic champions are also the first Delaware squad to win a game in the tournament since 1967.

Austin Colmery led off the game with a double for Post 1. He advanced to third on Michael Cautillo’s sacrifice bunt and scored as Nate Thomas grounded out.

Post 1 went up 2-0 in the fourth thanks to another leadoff double, this time by Thomas. Eric Ludman singled to advance Thomas, Ludman stole second and Jack Dubecq’s single drove home Thomas.

That 2-0 score looked like it would be enough until Dubuque County’s first two batters in the top of the sixth, Sam Link and T.J. Deardorff, singled. That brought Wil Courtney to the plate as the potential go-ahead run with no outs.

“I went out to talk to the guys, just wanted to calm the nerves a little bit, give them the confidence that we’re going to get out of this,” said Post 1 manager Brent Treml.

Chris Ludman struck out Courtney and Kyle Lehmann and forced a groundout by Jackson Bennett to end the threat.

“I saw the one guy trying to bunt, so I was just trying to let him get the bunt down,” said Chris Ludman. “Once I got him to two strikes, I was just thinking strike him out. And the next guy, I was trying to get him to roll into a double play, fortunate enough to strike him out too. That’s just my mindset, trying to get ground balls.”

Wilmington added an insurance run when Dubecq’s double drove in Eric Ludman. Chris Ludman struck out five in earning the win.
Treml said opening pool play with a victory helps the team’s confidence, but there is some work to do.

“We have to clean up our defense,” he said. “This happened to us our first game in regionals, too. We didn’t play a good clean defensive game, we were still able to win 1-0 on a walkoff error by the other team, actually.

“All the firsts are out of the way, now tomorrow will be a bigger comfort level.”

Post 1 faces Gonzales (La.) Post 81 today.

College field hockey

Hens picked to win CAA again: Delaware, which has won five consecutive CAA championships, were selected again as the preseason favorite by the Colonial Athletic Association’s coaches.

In addition, senior Greta Nauck was named the CAA Preseason Player of the Year and senior Lisa Giezeman and Lotte de Koning earned Preseason All-CAA team accolades.

Delaware, who has won 84 games over the past five years, returns seven starters from last year’s team. Three of the Blue Hens’ top four scorers are back.

College soccer

Two UD men’s players honored: Delaware junior midfielder Fede Prieto and senior defender John Schroeder were named to the Preseason All-CAA Men’s Soccer team on Thursday.

Delaware was picked sixth in the CAA Preseason Poll with 31 points.

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