SHELBY N.C. — Brooklawn, N.J., took the driver’s seat in the American Legion World Series after defeating Gauthier & Amedee 7-2 in Sunday night’s winner’s bracket final.
Brooklawn (45-8), which won ALWS titles in 1991 and 2001, will play Petaluma, Calif. (34-14), on Monday at 7:30 p.m. A Brooklawn win would mean the winner of Monday’s 4 p.m. Waipahu (25-5)-Gauthier & Amedee (48-5-2) semifinal would have to beat Brooklawn twice on Tuesday to win the title. If Brooklawn loses on Monday, it would advance to a winner-take-all 7:30 p.m. championship game on Tuesday.
After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first Sunday, Brooklawn took charge with a two-run second inning.
Post 72 loaded the bases on two hits and an error before Anthony Harrold’s RBI single tied the score at 1. Pete Farlow followed with a sacrifice fly to give Brooklawn the lead for good.
Wild pitches by Gonzales starter and losing pitcher Austin Bain made it 4-1 with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
Gauthier & Amedee (48-5-2) made its last stand in the seventh when Robbie Podorsky hit a one-out double and scored on Collin Delaune’s RBI single. One batter later, Mike Mercer relieved Brooklawn starter and winner Tyler Mondile and retired seven of the last eight batters for a save.
Brooklawn sealed its victory with a three-run eighth inning.
Mercer drew a leadoff walk, and Harrold and Farlow followed with singles to load the bases. After a shallow fly ball that didn’t allow runners to advance, Phil Dickinson’s infield single drove in one run, and Fran Kinsey followed with a two-run single.
Harrold had three hits to lead Brooklawn, which pounded out 11 hits. Sean Breen added two hits.
Mondile went 6.2 innings, giving up eight hits and two walks while striking out four.
Podorsky and Delaune had three hits apiece to lead Gauthier & Amedee, which had nine hits.