NEW ORLEANS — The Bryant Black Sox will play for the championship of the 2017 Senior American Legion Mid-South Regional Tournament this afternoon after a 5-2 win over the LaPlace, La., Pedal Valve Cardinals behind a four-hitter by right-hander Alex Shurtleff.
Logan Allen, Jake East and Dylan Hurt each had two hits for the Sox with Allen belting a pair of triples and scoring three times. East knocked in two runs.
The game was played at the third venue utilized by tournament officials. After rains earlier in the week pushed the tournament from Kirsch-Rooney Stadium to the artificial turf of John Ryan Stadium. On Saturday, torrential rains flooded the John Ryan field so Sunday’s games are being played at Tulane University.
The Sox will take on the Ada, Okla., Braves in the championship game. The Braves are the only team that has been able to defeat Bryant, winning a 5-4 game in 10 innings on Friday.
Bryant stayed alive with a win over Columbia, Tenn., on Saturday. Ada was set to play Louisiana following that contest but the storms prevented it. Those two teams wound up playing on Sunday morning with Pedal Valve keeping its hopes alive with a 4-3 win over Oklahoma.
So the winner-take-all championship game was set to follow Bryant’s win; winner-take-all including a trip to the American Legion World Series in Shelby, N.C.
Because of the rain and the threat for more, the last two games of the tournament were reduced from nine innings to seven. Apparently, word of that didn’t get to the LaPlace fans. After the game, they were irate that the game was over. But, as the Louisiana coach allowed to Bryant’s coaches, he was out of pitching at that point.
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