Local roundup: Delaware Post 1 makes semifinals of American Legion World Series

SHELBY, N.C. — Delaware’s Post 1 had to survive a Massachusetts’ rally in the seventh inning.

But the First State squad got what it needed, a 4-3 victory over Braintree, Mass. on Sunday afternoon to the advance to the semifinals of the American Legion Baseball World Series.

Post 1 (2-1), which finished second in the Stripes Pool, will face the winner of the Stars Pool today at 4 p.m. at Keeter Stadium. The New Castle County squad is the first Delaware team to play in the World Series since 1976.

Post 1 looked like it was in control for most of Sunday’s contest. Jack Dubecq’s sacrifice fly drove in Austin Colmery with a first-inning run.

Post 1 added two more runs in the third with Dubecq’s double scored Eric Ludman before Dubecq scored on Matt Poma’s sac fly.

The Delaware team then went up 4-0 in the fourth when Nate Thomas’ sac fly scored Michael Cautillo.

Trailing 4-1 in the seventh, though, Braintree (0-3) didn’t go quietly.

The Massachusetts’ team scored twice before Matt Danz induced a flyout for the final out to clinch the win.

“I think we had a comfort level going into the seventh inning that maybe we shouldn’t have had,” said Post 1 manager Brent Treml. “We let our guard down a little defensively.

“But I always have faith when Matt Danz is on the mound that he’s going to find a way to battle and make good pitches and limit hard contact. He’s done that for three years for us, he did it today.”

Treml said his team will focus on cleaning up its defense in the time they have before the semifinals.

“A little bit more timely hitting (too),” he said. “We’re getting guys on but we’ve got to make sure we get the timely hits. Between today and tomorrow, get some swings in, maybe we’ll get some fungo work in. Just enjoy this moment.

“We’re one of four teams left in the country, just be ready to play tomorrow,” Treml said.

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