Tribune-Star staff report
St. Leon —
Wayne Newton Post 346 couldn’t have come much closer to forcing a second game of the championship round of the American Legion baseball state tournament Sunday, but came up just short in a 6-5 loss to Princeton.
Both teams open Great Lakes National Regional play at Bob Warn Field on Thursday, Princeton in the 5 p.m. game and Post 346 meeting Midland, Mich., in the game immediately following that one.
Post 346 had an early lead Sunday and took a 3-1 lead into the top of the sixth inning, when a two-run single by the nephew of former Princeton and Indiana State star Casey Whitten was the big blow in a four-run rally.
Terre Haute tied the game with a rally in the bottom of the eighth, only to give up the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth.
In the bottom of the ninth, Post 346 had a batter hit by a pitch and added three singles, but two runners were thrown out on the bases — one at the plate.
Pete Lannoo was the fifth pitcher for Post 346 to pitch a complete game in five state-finals contests.
Princeton 000 014 001 — 6 6 4
Wayne Newton Post 346 102 000 020 — 5 9 1
W — Stolz. L — Lannoo.
Highlights — For Post 346, Jacob Johnson was 2 for 3; Cody Brock 2 for 4; Cody Thornton 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI; Sam Wolf 2 for 5 with an RBI; and Craig Peters 1-4.
Next — Wayne Newton Post 346 (37-12) plays Midland, Mich., at approximately 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Bob Warn Field in Great Lakes National Regional play.