Ohio Teams Come Up Short At American Legion Great Lakes Regional

Bruce Hefflinger
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Ohio Teams Come Up Short At American Legion Great Lakes Regional

TOLEDO - While Michigan state champion Midland Berryhill was winning a second consecutive American Legion Great Lakes Regional title, the two squads representing Ohio picked up one win during the double elimination tournament at Mercy Field.

Teams from Wisconsin proved to be the downfall for Ohio state champion Circleville, which went two-and-out in its quest for a berth in the American Legion World Series. The Panthers lost 7-6 in walk-off fashion to Wisconsin state champ Sheboygan in their tourney opener before a 12-4 setback to Eau Claire brought an end to a 35-11 campaign for Circleville.

Nick Salyer (Teays Valley, 2019) went 5-6, including a home run, with four RBIs and three runs scored in the two games for Circleville. Travis Grim (Teays Valley, 2017, 353rd-rated) and Noah Cline (Teays Valley, 2018) also hit round-trippers for the Panthers, which advanced to the Great Lakes Regional courtesy of a 4-2 win over defending state champion Beverly-Lowell in the Ohio state finals.

Napoleon, which qualified for regionals as the host of the tournament, went 1-2 by splitting with Illinois teams before being eliminated by Sheboygan, 1-0. The River Bandits lost to Danville 7-3 in their first regional contest before rallying past Illinois state champion Mount Prospect 9-8 to stay alive in the tourney.

Jason Beverly (Fairview, 2018) was 2-4 with an RBI in the loss to Danville while Parker Thiel (Hicksville, 2019, 173rd-rated) went 2-3 with three runs scored and an RBI in the win over Mount Prospect. Spencer Giesige (Tinora, 2019, 175th-rated) was the winning pitcher for Napoleon, throwing 3.2 innings of two-hit shutout relief. Christian Petersen (Patrick Henry, 2019, 174th-rated) was the hard-luck loser against Sheboygan, throwing a three-hitter in defeat for the Bandits, which close the season at 31-21.