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Fargo Post 400 headed to Legion World Series

The Stars rebounded from a loss Saturday to defeat Hopkins on Sunday for the Central Plains Regional championship.

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Fargo Post 400 pitcher Colten Alme delivers during the 2021 American Legion Central Plains Championship game on Sunday, Aug. 8, in Sioux Falls, S.D. Fargo defeated Hopkins 11-1 and advances to Shelby, N.C., for the American Legion World Series. Josh Jurgens / For the Forum

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A big loss the day before didn't keep Fargo Post 400 from rebounding in a big way Sunday. The Stars demolished Hopkins 11-1 in six innings to win the American Legion Central Plains Regional championship at Sioux Falls Stadium.

The title puts Post 400 in the American Legion World Series on Aug. 12-17 in Shelby, North Carolina. The Stars open pool play against the Western Regional champion at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 12. They play their second game against the Southeast champion at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13.

In 2019, Fargo Post 2 played in the ALWS and reached the championship game before losing to Idaho.

The Stars' 13-0 loss to DePere (Wis.) was their first of the regional and they had already received a bye into the title game thanks to a 5-0 win over Renner (S.D.) on Friday. They waited while the other two one-loss teams, DePere and Hopkins, played for a spot in the championship game earlier on Sunday. Hopkins defeated DePere 10-3.

In the title game, the Stars left no doubt they were ready for the occasion.

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In the top of the first, Oliver Lucht led off with a single and Kobe Senn singled with one out. Colten Alme doubled to left to score Lucht and Senn scored on a Caden Graf ground out to second. Andy Mach then lined a single to right to bring in Alme and the Stars led 3-0.

In the second, Senn lined a two-out double to left and scored on Alme's single to center. In the third, Eli Mach walked with two outs, Ethan Claus reached on a bunt single and Lucht singled in Mach to make it 5-0.

Post 400 all but ended the game in the fifth, thanks to Andy Mach's grand slam. Lucht led off with a walk and Senn and Alme hit back-to-back singles to score Lucht. Graf singled to load the bases and Mach launched an 0-1 pitch over the fence in left for a 10-1 lead.

Post 400 ended it in the sixth when Easton Rerick led off with a double and scored on Senn's single, and starter Alme set the Flyers down in order in the bottom of the inning.

Alme went all six innings, allowing a run on six hits. He also was 4-for-5 with the double and three RBI. Andy Mach had two hits, including the slam, and drove in five runs. Senn also had four hits, an RBI and scored three runs, and Lucht, Eli Mach and Claus all had two hits.

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