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Champion Brooklawn, N.J., back in American Legion title game

SHELBY Fran Kinsey went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs Monday night to help Brooklawn, N.J., return to the American Legion World Series final at Keeter Stadium.

Brooklawn (54-7) built a six-run cushion by scoring five times during the fifth inning and then it held off Waipahu, Hawaii, 7-6 to advance to the 7 p.m. final Tuesday night. The other finalist was determined later in a game between Midland, Mich., and Omaha, Neb.

Kinsey had a two-run single during Brooklawn’s big inning. Sean Breen and John Malatesta each added an RBI single and the final run scored on a groundout to put Brooklawn ahead 6-0. Kinsey then drove in what proved to be the decisive run with a one-out single in the seventh to make the score 7-3.

Waipahu (24-7-1), however, put the outcome in doubt in the eighth. Kamalu Neal, who went 2-for-4, drove home two with a two-out single to make it a one-run game after Matt Tsutomi had gotten the scoring started with a single to left-center.

Hawaii had a chance to tie, but Tanner Tokunaga struck out with runners on second and third to end the eighth.

Waipahu threatened again in the ninth against reliever Kevin Terifay. A two-out walk and a throwing error put runners on second and third, but Terifay struck out Tsutomi on a 2-2 pitch to end the contest.

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