NEW ORLEANS — Dayne Bowerman, who had gone 0 for 3 to that point, snuck a groundball past the diving attempt at a stop by third baseman Scott Schmidt, driving in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th as the Ada Braves, champions of Oklahoma, slipped past the Arkansas champion Bryant Black Sox, 5-4, in the winners’ bracket finals of the 2017 Senior American Legion Mid-South Regional at John Ryan Stadium on Friday night.
Both teams will play again on Saturday since the bracket used at the tourney is the obsolete College World Series bracket. Bryant will face a rematch against Columbia, Tenn., in an elimination battle at 12:30 p.m. The Sox outlasted the Tennessee champion, 9-6, to open the tournament on Wednesday. Columbia ousted Jefferson City, Mo., 4-3 on Friday.
Ada will come back to take on the LaPlace Pedal Valve Cardinals of Desrehan, the Louisiana champion at 4:30 p.m., Saturday. Pedal Valve knocked out Mississippi champion from Amory Bay, 2-0, on Friday.
If the Braves defeat LaPlace, they’ll take on the Bryant-Columbia winner in the championship round on Sunday with two chances to win the title. With a Cardinals’ win, they’ll play the survivor of the Bryant-Columbia game on Sunday at 2 p.m., with the winner advancing to challenge Ada for the championship.
The Regional champion advances to the American Legion World Series in Shelby, N.C.
The Sox, who had come from behind in the win over Columbia and a 4-2 victory over LaPlace, found themselves in that position again on Friday. They rallied from a 4-1 deficit after two innings to tie the game at 4 through seven frames.
Through nine innings, the Sox had out-hit the Braves, 11 to 6, but they’d…
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