Three teams in each region are 1-1 and one stands alone at 2-0.
Any undefeated team that wins Saturday will advance to Sunday’s Game 14 and will have two chances to earn a victory against its opponent. A win in either Game 14 or 15 will mean a title for that undefeated team, while the team from the bottom half of the bracket would need to win both.
Any undefeated team that loses Saturday will advance to a winner-take-all Game 15 on Sunday. The other two remaining teams will fight for a spot in the title contest by playing in Game 14 earlier on Sunday.
Here is a recap of the eight regionals heading into the weekend. Asterisks denote the undefeated team.
Region 1: Northeast – Shrewsbury, Mass.
Game 12 – 9:30 a.m. ET – Portland, Maine, vs. Shrewsbury, Mass., Post 397
Game 13 – 12:00 p.m. ET - *Braintree, Mass., Post 86 vs. Southington, Conn., Post 72
Braintree heads into the weekend as the sole unbeaten after rallying from a 4-0 hole to top Portland, 6-4. Braintree gets Southington after Ryan Henderson pitched a four-hitter to carry his Connecticut bunch past Rochester, N.H., Post 7. Portland will face a Shrewsbury team coming off of an impressive 11-0 victory over Essex, Vt., Post 91. Games have been moved up to accommodate weather concerns.
Region 2: Mid-Atlantic – Purcellville, Va.
Game 12 – 1 p.m. ET - Broad Street Park, N.J., Post 313 vs. Leesburg, Va., Post 34
Game 13 – 4:30 p.m. ET - *Wilmington, Del., Post 1 vs. Souderton, Pa., Post 234
The final game of the winners bracket proved to be a good one as Wilmington edged Broad Street Park 2-1 after the teams posted zeros in each of the first nine half-innings. Jacques Dubecq hit the game-winning home run in the sixth and then came in to face one batter in the seventh, striking him out to earn the save. Wilmington will face a Souderton team that posted a 5-2 win over Severna Park, Md., Post 175. Broad Street Park will not have an easy task facing the hosts Leesburg, which dispatched of their cross-state rivals, Vienna, Va., Post 180, in dramatic fashion – scoring three in the bottom of the seventh to walk off as winners.
Region 3: Southeast – Asheboro, N.C.
Game 12 – 4:30 p.m. ET - Troy, Ala., Post 70 vs. Lyon County, Ky., Post 68
Game 13 – 7:30 p.m. ET - *Randolph, N.C., Post 45 vs. Tallahassee, Fla., Post 13
The hosts, Randolph County, got one step closer to a return trip across the state to Shelby, N.C., by winning 8-3 over Lyon County to stay unbeaten. The North Carolina team will get a crack at Tallahassee after Florida put forth a well-balanced effort against Sumter, S.C., Post 15 with all nine players getting a hit in a 10-2 win. Charlie James pitched a two-hitter for Troy in order to send his Alabama-based team into the weekend to face Lyon County in Saturday’s opener.
Region 4: Mid-South – New Orleans
Game 12 – 10 a.m. CT - Tupelo, Miss., Post 49 vs. Columbia, Tenn., Post 19
Game 13 – 12 p.m. CT - *Bryant, Ark., Post 298 vs. Gonzales, La., Post 81
Rain and pitching have been the story in the Mid-South and there was plenty of both Friday. After rain forced numerous scheduling changes to the region, two Louisiana teams faced off with Gonzales getting the best of New Orleans Post 285 behind a late rally in the bottom of the sixth. Two shutouts followed as Columbia took down Jefferson City, Mo., Post 5 by a 4-0 margin. In the winners bracket, Bryant saw William L. Grant toss a two-hitter to inch closer to consecutive American Legion World Series trips. Note: Saturday’s games have been moved earlier due to, you guessed it, rain.
Region 5: Great Lakes – Napoleon, Ohio
Game 12: 12 p.m. ET - Danville, Ill., Post 210 vs. Sheboygan, Wis., Post 83
Game 13: 6 p.m. ET - *Midland, Mich., Post 165 vs. Eau Claire, Wis., Post 53
Both Wisconsin teams stayed alive with narrow one-run wins to make it into the weekend. In the opener, Sheboygan used a single, wild pitch walk and fielder's choice to score a run in the top of the first and held on to take a 1-0 win over the hosts, Napoleon, Ohio Post 300, in a game with just seven hits. Not to be outdone, Eau Claire elminated Terre Haute, Ind., Post 346 on a walk-off hit by pitch, 7-6. In the winners bracket, Midland took care of Danville10-3 as eight different players scored. Midland has now defeated each of the remaining three teams by a combined score of 27-6.
Region 6: Central Plains – Dickinson, N.D.
Game 12 – 2 p.m. CT – Rapid City, S.D., Post 22 vs. Dubuque County, Iowa Post 137
Game 13 – 4:30 p.m. CT – *West Fargo, N.D., Post 308 vs. Omaha, Neb., Post 1 – Burke H.S.
The winners bracket ended in dramatic fashion with West Fargo scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh to rally to win 5-4 in literal walk-off fashion on a pitch low on a 3-2 count with two outs and the bases loaded. In the elimination games, Omaha shutout New Brighton, Minn., Post 513 behind a gem from Zach Munson on the mound. Rapid City let Millard West, Neb., Post 374 back into the game late, allowing three runs in the top of the seventh before stranding the tying run on base to stay alive.
Region 7: Northwest - Missoula, Mont.
Game 12 – 4 p.m. MT - Yakima Valley, Wash., Post 36 vs. Cheyenne, Wyo., Post 6
Game 13 – 7 p.m. MT – *Meridian, Idaho Post 113 vs. Billings, Mont., Post 4
Two offensive explosions started the day with a combined 42 runs in the first pair of contests. Billings stayed alive with a 16-3 win over Juneau, Alaska Post 25 as all nine starters scored runs. Cheyenne followed with an eight-run inning to carry itself to a 10-8 win over Waipahu, Hawaii. In the winners bracket, Meridian squeaked out a 3-2 win over Yakima Valley to move into Sunday as the region’s lone unbeaten.
Region 8: Western – Denver
Game 12 – 3 p.m. MT - Petaluma, Calif., Post 28 vs. League City, Texas Post 554
Game 13 – 7 p.m. MT – *Las Vegas Post 40 vs. Tucson, Ariz., Post 7
Petaluma eliminated Ft. Collins, Colo., Post 1879 in the opener of the day, as each starter scored at least one run in a 14-0 victory. Mario Bejarano only allowed one hit and one walk in the second game of the day to push Tuscan past the hosts, Greeley, Colo. In the nightcap, Las Vegas posted a second consecutive shutout, this time 12-0, to hand League City its first loss.
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