SHELBY, N.C. — Fargo Post 2 will have to wait another day in its bid to become the first North Dakota baseball team to win an American Legion World Series championship.
Rain suspended Tuesday night’s title game against Idaho Falls Post 56. The game will resume at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Veterans Field at Keeter Stadium and will be televised on ESPNU.
Post 2, which reached its first title game in its 91-year history, was holding a 2-1 lead after one inning. Post 2 entered the game with a 54-7 record and a 3-1 record in the World Series, its only loss a 7-3 setback to Idaho Falls in the opening round.
Facing Randon Hostert, a 6-foot-6, right-handed pitcher drafted in the 15th round by the Texas Rangers, Post 2 jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Brayden Koening delivered a two-out single by the shortstop to score Zach Sandy. Brandt Kolpack then singled to right field to score Cole Hage.
Idaho Falls, 60-6 overall and 4-0 in World Series play, cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the first, scoring a run on a throwing error. Post 2 Blake Anderson struck out two batters as Idaho Falls stranded runners on second and third.
These two teams squared off in their first game of the tournament last Thursday. Scoreless through three innings, Idaho Post 56’s offense woke up for multiple runs in each of the remaining innings on its way to a 7-3 victory over Post 2.
Post 2 was playing in its fourth World Series, the first in 27 years. Post 2 played in the World Series in 1969, 1989, 1992.
The American Legion World Series has never been won by a team from Idaho or North Dakota.
Idaho Falls, known as the Bandits, won the Stripes pool with an unblemished 3-0 record, but needed some magic late Monday night to advance to the final. The team got four runs on just two hits and walked off as 4-3 winners over Danville, Ill., Post 210.
The state of Idaho has sent representatives to the World Series in three straight years and nine times overall.
Only two of the other eight programs to make the World Series made the title game and Idaho Falls will hope to fare better than their counterparts. Pocatello lost, 23-6, in the first World Series in 1926 against Yonkers, N.Y., in Philadelphia. Lewiston Post 13 dropped a 5-2 decision to Brooklawn, N.J., in 2001 in Yakima, Wash.