TERRE HAUTE —
Indiana’s American Legion baseball state champion Princeton pulled out a 5-4 win in extra innings over Moline, Ill., on Thursday evening in the only close game on the opening day of the Great Lakes National Regional at Indiana State’s Bob Warn Field.
Under the pressure of heat and humidity, Napoleon, Ohio, and Edwardsville, Ill. won the first two games in seven innings on the 10-run rule. Napoleon overpowered Plover, Wis., 19-7 in the opening game and Edwardsville, Ill., pounded Ash Port, Wis., 19-3 in game two.
Tournament action resumes today at 10 a.m. with Plover (37-9) taking on Moline (36-12), followed by Ash Port (30-8) against either Terre Haute Wayne Newton Post 346 or Midland, Mich.
Scheduled for a 5 p.m. start today, Napoleon (42-18) will face Princeton (26-12) and in the nightcap, Edwardsville (33-6) meets either Wayne Newton or Midland, Mich.
n Napoleon 19, Plover 7 — Napoleon put 19 hits together with four Plover errors to earn the opening game victory.
Napoleon scored four runs in the first inning and led 7-1 after four innings. Plover rallied for six runs in the top of the fifth to tie the score 7-7 before Napoleon exploded for eight runs in the fifth and four in the sixth.
Napoleon’s Josh Cales went 5 for 5 at the plate with three RBIs to lead the winning team. Second baseman Dylan Hendricks was 3 for 5 with a double and four RBIs and third baseman Dom Gentile was 3 for 5 with two RBIs.
Plover’s nine-hit attack was led by catcher Mitch Mallek and second baseman Cale Pieczynski, both 2 for 4 at the plate. Mallek had a triple and first baseman Cal Giese a double.
Weston Rivers was the winning pitcher for Napoleon. Alex Oliver took the loss for Plover.
n Edwardsville 19, Ash Port 3 — Jevon Boyd pitched a two-hit shutout for five innings and Matt Boivin and Josh Palen finished off the win for Edwardsville.
Edwardsville put 18 hits together with five Green Bay errors while scoring in all seven innings.
Center fielder Drew Curtis led Ewardsville, going 4 for 6 with two home runs. Jordan Heckler was 3 for 5 with a triple, Matt Huelsmann 3 for 5 with two doubles and Alex Pizzini 3 for 5 with one double.
Ash Port’s eight-hit attack was paced by Jake Monroe with a double and single and Jake Heinzen with a pair of singles.
n Princeton 5, Moline 4 — Princeton’s Dillon Whitten singled down the left-field line in the 10th inning to bring home Alex Holder with the winning run. Whitten was also the winning pitcher in relief.
Whitten led Princeton’s eight-hit attack with three singles, Tyler Stolz had a triple and Jared Melliff a double.
Princeton led 4-2 after six innings. Moline’s Matt Brill hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to tie the score at 4-4.
In addition to the home run, Brill also had a triple and double to lead Moline’s 12-hit attack.