Two narrow losses knock out defending champs in American Legion Baseball tourney

The last six Delaware American Legion Baseball State Tournament Champions came from either Stahl Post 30, who four-straight from 2012 through 2015, or last year’s champion, Canal Post 25 of Middletown, who won in 2016 and 2011.

That streak came to an end last week when Delaware Post 1 was crowned the 2017 Delaware American Legion Baseball Champion.

For Canal Post 25, their hopes at repeating as state champions came to an early end in the double-elimination state tournament, falling in each of their first two games of the tourney.

While both games will go down as losses in the stat book, they could just as easily been victories for the Firehawks.

In Saturday’s state tournament opener, Post 25 fell to Delaware Southern Division front-runner, Fox Post 2 out of Dover, 9-7.

Canal Post 25 took an early 5-1 lead after four innings and even led 7-2 heading into the bottom half of the seventh inning before the wheels fell off. Fox Post 2 would score four in the seventh to cut the Firehawks’ lead to just a run, before taking the lead thanks to a three-run eighth inning powered in most part by Kyle Comegys who went 3-for-4 on the day with 2 RBI.

Despite the late-game loss, Jarrett Wallace, Joey Lungen, Colton Duckworth and Jarrett Wallace had two hits apiece for Canal Post 25, while Wallace also added 2 RBI.

Sunday’s matchup against the Post 10 Generals was a very different game from Post 25’s tournament opener.

After neither team scored in the first three innings, Canal Post 25 tallied the game’s first run in the fourth before the Generals took the lead 2-1 in the bottom half. Post 10 increased their lead to 5-1 after a three-run sixth inning and added another run to their total heading into the ninth inning.

In the top of the ninth, Canal Post scored five runs, tying things up at 6-6.

However, in the bottom of the inning, Richard Thompson singled home Zach Lesher to give Post 10 the walk-off win, eliminating Canal Post 25 from the tournament.

John Weglarz, Mikayle Holloway, Alex Weber and Alex Jones all had RBI for Canal Post 25 in the loss, with Jones and Weber both knocking in two runs apiece.

The Firehawks finished the season tied with the Post 6 Patriots with 36 points after going 12-12 during the regular season. Canal Post 25 finished behind only Smyrna Post 14 (13-8, 39 points) and Fox Post 2 (14-9, 39 points) in the Southern Division.

Canal Post 25 also finished with the third most runs (188) in all of Delaware Legion ball; only Delaware Post 1 (200) and Post 10 (219) finished with more.