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One win from World Series: Nate Brothers’ clutch hit has Beverly/Lowell on verge of regional title

CHARLESTON, Ill. — Beverly/Lowell is one win away from the American Legion World Series.

Nate Brothers’ walk-off single plated Seth Dennis in the bottom of the ninth to give Post 389/750 a 9-8 victory over Swoyersville Post 644 Saturday at Eastern Illinois University.

Beverly/Lowell now is scheduled to play Danville Post 210 at 12:30 p.m. today. A win gives Beverly/Lowell the Great Lakes Regional Tournament championship.

If Beverly/Lowell loses, it will play Danville again at 3:30 p.m. in a winner-take-all contest.

Dennis led off the ninth with a double and went to third on Maeson Long’s groundout. Brothers came up and ripped a single to end the Pennsylvania state champions’ season. Beverly/Lowell is now 39-8 while Swoyersville finished 28-6.

Up 4-3, Beverly/Lowell gave itself some insurance with Long’s two-run double in the fifth and Tate Engle’s two-RBI two-bagger in the sixth.

However, Swoyersville made sure it didn’t make things easy on the Ohio state champs.

Pat Adamski’s double in the top of the seventh plated Tyler O’Kane to make it 8-4.

Adamski then scored on Mike Kane’s RBI double before O’Kane came in to score on Nate Baranski’s two-bagger to cut it to 8-6. Post 644 later loaded the bases with one out — which came on Drew Huffman’s diving catch in right field — and Rocco Barchi’s walk forced in a run to make it 8-7. Garrett Vought followed with a sacrifice fly to bring in Colin Conway for the tying run.

Unshaken, Beverly/Lowell got a leadoff double from Clayton Cook in the bottom of the seventh, but was unable to score the winning run and the game went into extras.

Caleb Davis walked leadoff batter Adamski in the eighth. Adamski went to second on a sac bunt and to third on a wild pitch, but Davis struck out Baranski and got Conway to fly out to end the threat.

Davis then led off the eighth with an infield single, but ended up getting picked off first. With two outs, Engle walked and Tyler Bradford was plunked, but O’Kane got Cook to pop out to keep the game going.

Two runners reached against Davis in the top of the ninth, but he got back to back flyouts to escape.

Swoyersville gave one too many chance to Beverly/Lowell, which cashed in during the ninth.

Davis earned the relief win, while Dennis, the starter, got a no-decision. O’Kane took the loss for Swoyersville.

Todd Engle-coached Beverly/Lowell is familiar with Danville, the team it defeated in a wild 16-15 affair on Friday. They’ll hope to hand the Illinois state champ another loss today.

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