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Midland, Mich. wins Legion World Series

Midland, Mich. wins Legion World Series
Midland players won three awards at the end of the year, and the coaching staff took home the Jack Williams Memorial Leadership Award.

Midland, Mich., Post 165 beat Medford, Ore., Post 15, 11-4, on Tuesday afternoon to capture The American Legion Baseball World Series in Fargo, N.D. Midland was the only undefeated team in the 14-game series, which began Aug. 14 with a field of eight teams that won their regional tournaments.Midland scored early and often in the championship game, building an 8-0 lead by the fourth inning. Medford struck back with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, but Midland erupted again in the eighth notching three more runs to win the 83rd edition of the annual series.For the first time, the ALWS was webcast via live video stream. By the end of the series, more than 18,000 people had tuned into baseball.legion.org to watch the games. They visited the Web site 73,000 times during the five-day event, logging more than 2.3 million viewing minutes (an average of about 32 minutes per person)."The American Legion should be extremely proud of these numbers." said John Servizzi, president of WebStream Productions, the Indianapolis production company that produced the ALWS webcast. "For an initial effort to produce this kind of impact is remarkable. We are quite impressed by these outstanding results and the consistently high quality webcasts we produced."

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