Post 210 fall in title game

Post 210 fall in title game

RANTOUL — Danville Post 210 manager Allan Shepherd said there was one thing on he and his players' minds Saturday following an 8-1 loss to Edwardsville in the American Legion baseball state championship game: rest.

Post 210 was unable to capture a second consecutive state title, but it secured a return trip to the Great Lakes Regional with its runner-up finish.

"We had a tough route to get here. We're beat up. We're tired. I think the relief of the day was when I told them they have the day off (Sunday)," Shepherd said with a laugh. "Time to recharge and go after it."

The second-place trophy was earned with an opening-round 1-0 win over Arlington Heights Post 208 via a walk-off walk on Wednesday and a pair of close wins over Barrington Post 158 on Thursday and Friday.

"Coming off two huge games against Barrington with a lot of energy and a lot of emotion and coming in having to play (Edwardsville), we came out flat both times," said Shepherd, whose team fell to Edwardsville 10-6 on Friday before fending off elimination with a 10-5 win over Barrington a few hours later.

Danville's first Great Lakes Regional game is at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Napoleon, Ohio, against the state champion from Ohio, which will be determined today.

"I just want to stay focused and recharge. I think we're going to do well there. We have the pitching to put on a good showing, and I think we'll do fine," Shepherd said. "No Danville (Senior Legion) team has ever won a game in regionals. We need to change that this year."