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American Legion: Omaha team takes command with 8-run 6th inning

SHELBY One inning can be the difference.

That’s what happened in the first game Friday at the American Legion Baseball World Series as Omaha, Neb., rallied from a 5-1 deficit with an eight-run sixth inning to take command in 9-6 victory over Chico, Calif., to improve to 2-0 in pool play.

Omaha improved to 58-5 on the season and has Saturday off. California, which fell to 41-17 on the season and 0-1 in ALWS pool play, will play Waipahu, Hawaii, on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Omaha scored all eight runs in the sixth inning with two outs.

Center fielder Devin Stueck tied the game at 5 with a two-run triple down the right field line. Two walks later, Matt Waldron hit a two-run single into left field to give Omaha a lead it never relinquished. Will Patterson added an RBI single, Jake Meyers had a two-run double and Graham Cahill had an RBI sacrifice fly in the inning.

Brooklawn (N.J.) 9, Jacksonville 2: Sean Breen went 3-for-5 with two runs for Brooklawn (51-7) and Tre Todd had three RBIs, two coming on a two-run double in the fifth.

Late Thursday

Midland (Mich.) 6, Jacksonville 3: Midland scored three runs on a costly fourth-inning error by Jacksonville’s Trent Brown, to earn a first-round victory.

Midland (48-6) had already taken a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning when Adam Fitzgibbon hit a routine single to center. When Brown let the ball get through his legs the speedy Fitzgibbon circled the bases behind Derrek Clyde to score two runs on the three-base error.

That was enough offense to seal the win. Jacksonville (38-6-3) managed two runs and five hits in the affair. Midland finished the night with 12 hits.

Midland had a day off before meeting Brooklawn on Saturday at 8 p.m.

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