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 & Amedde (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.
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 helped ensure 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.