The Gladwin American Legion Post 171 Baseball Team went 4-1 in the four team 2022 State of Michigan Class “AA” American Legion Tournament held at Sacred Heart Field in Mt. Pleasant last weekend. Having won the tournament, Post 171 now looks to compete in the Michigan Champions slot of the 2022 American Legion Great Lakes Regional Tournament being held at Northwood University.
Their first game of the tournament will be Wednesday, August 3 vs. the Indiana State Champion, Muncie Post 19. Midland Berryhill Post 165 is the host for the tournament and will play at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening. Post 171 Coach Terry Brokoff said, “I’m very proud of how hard our players have worked to represent Michigan in our Great Lakes Regional. There are 64 American Legion Teams left playing in eight regionals around the country, vying for a spot in the American Legion World Series in Shelby, NC next week, and we’re one of them!”
Results of the first state championship tournament game on Thursday saw Post 171 defeat Stevensville Post 568 by the score of 11-1 in six innings. Quin Konuszewski was the winning pitcher going for all six innings, giving up one run, on three hits, one strikeout and zero walks.
Leading hitters for Post 171 were Carter Campau with a single, double and home run in three ABs, with four RBIs, and two runs scored; Lucas Mead was three for three, with two RBIs, and three runs scored; Cole Prout was one for two, with one RBI, and three runs scored; Brady Alverson was one for three, with one RBI, and one run scored; Blaise Millar and Addison Vallad each had a single and one run scored; Tyler McKinstry had a double and Ben Kochany had a single in the game.
In the second game on Thursday, Post 171 defeated the Adrian Post 275, 5-0. Post 171 jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning and scored a single run in the fourth inning and two in the seventh. Alex Duley threw a one-hitter to get the victory, going all seven innings giving up zero runs, four strikeouts and one walk.
Leading hitters for Post 171 were Colin Sackrider with a single and a double and two RBIs; Blaise Millar who was one for two, and one run scored; Campau was one for four, with one RBI. Mead was one for three, with one run scored; Micah Irrer had two runs scored; Prout had one run scored and Alverson had an RBI.
The third game, played on Friday, was the winner’s bracket final. This game saw Post 171 lose to Berryhill Post 165, 8-0. Tyler McKinstry went for the first four innings, giving up six runs, five earned on seven hits, three strikeouts and two walks. McKinnon pitched for two innings, giving up three hits, two runs, two strikeouts and two walks. Connor Dee pitched the last inning giving up zero runs, zero hits, two strikeouts and zero walks.
Leading hitters for Post 171 were Prout with a double in two ABs; Mead, Kochany, and Irrer each had singles.
“Our intensity and drive were seriously lacking in this game as we played with little enthusiasm,” said Coach Brokoff.
On Saturday, in the loser’s bracket final game, Post 171 beat Blissfield Post 325 6-4. Post 171 was down 3-0 going into the bottom of the first inning and came back with three runs. Down again in the bottom of the second inning 4-3 and scored the tying run in the bottom of the second. Then scored a run in the bottom of the third and fourth innings to secure the win.
Max Fellows pitched for four innings, giving up four runs, three earned on four hits, two strikeouts and three walks. Hayden Hileman pitched the final three innings, giving up zero runs on zero hits, four strikeouts and zero walks.
Leading hitters were Millar, who had a double in three ABs, with two RBIs, and one run scored. Campau, Prout and Irrer each were one for two, with one RBI and one run scored; Sackrider was one for three, with one RBI. Mead had two runs scored.
Post 171 then played in the championship game vs. Berryhill Post 165, winning 6-5 in eight innings. The winning pitcher for Post 171 was Blaise Millar, who came in relief in the eighth inning. He gave up zero hits, zero runs, zero strikeouts and two walks. Kochany started the game going for two innings, with zero hits, three runs, three strikeouts and six walks. Sackrider pitched most of the game, going for five innings, giving up two runs, six hits, one strikeout and five walks.
Leading hitters were Prout, with a two RBI double and an RBI walk off to win the game in the bottom of the eighth inning. Alverson was three for three, and had three runs scored; Vallad was two for three, with one RBI and one run scored; Mead was one for two, with one run scored. Campau and Sackrider each had a hit and one RBI; Millar had a single and one run scored.
There was a great defensive play in the top of the seventh inning when Berryhill, with the bases loaded and no outs, hit a sharp ground ball to Dee at third base. He made a diving stop on the ball, got up, threw home for the force on the runner from third, then Campau threw back to Alverson covering third base for the force on the runner from second.
Congratulations to all the Gladwin Post 171 players and coaches for there dedication and hard work in continuing to make this season a success as they look to play this week in the 2022 American Legion Great Lakes Regional Tournament. One team from regionals will advance to the World Series next week. The regional tournament consists of American Legion State Champions from Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio with a second representative from Illinois and Wisconsin due to the large number of Legion teams in those two states and Berryhill, the host of the tournament. The last time Post 171 went to regionals was in 2019. Post 171’s current record is 29-6-1.
You can follow Post 171 on their twitter page @Gladwin171BB or on the new GameChanger App and search for Gladwin Post 171 2022. The tournament goes from Wednesday through Saturday or Sunday, depending on necessary games.