SHELBY, N.C. — Allan Shepherd was aware his Danville Post 210 senior Legion baseball team on Thursday became the first since 2011 to be run-ruled in an American Legion World Series game.

Josh MacCord limited the Speakers to three hits in six innings and Destrehan (La.) Post 366 bashed four home runs in a 12-1 victory over Post 210 at Keeter Stadium.

The Danville Post 210 ballclub will have just as much a shot at a World Series title as the other seven teams involved from across the country, including when they open the World Series at 9 a.m. on Thursday against Destrehan (La.) Post 366.

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Mason Ecker settled down after a rough first frame to toss six workmanlike innings, and the Paxton-Buckley-Loda graduate received enough run support in the form of timely hitting and fielding to give the Speakers a 7-5 victory over Post 171.

When folks hear about the Amateur Athletic Union — much more commonly referred to as the AAU — their collective mind often wanders to basketball. But there’s more this association offers for summer activities, including the upcoming AAU Junior Olympic Games.

When we have local prep athletes fill out All-Area first-team surveys throughout a given academic year, they're asked, among other things, to provide three items on their bucket list.One thing that comes up many times is visiting another country, or traveling the world in some fashion.

Big 12 All-ConferenceFIRST TEAMSENIORS: x-Austin Collinson, Normal West; Noah Diedrich, Richwoods; x-Nick Gilhaus, Normal Community; x-Cody Hardt, Normal West; Ben Hannauer, Centennial; Cole Jones, Central; x-CJ Lewis, Normal West; Brandon Roth, Normal West; Trey Ryan, Centennial; Jack Schirpke, Normal Community.

ALL-AREA FIRST TEAMATHLETE YR. POS. SCHOOLKotah Broeker Sr. 2B/SS Salt ForkCrayton Burnett Soph. P/INF St. Joseph-OgdenNathan Garard Sr. P Gibson City-Melvin-SibleyConnor Milton Jr. CF Champaign CentralLogan Petersen Soph. P/INF LeRoyGage Romack Sr. P/OF Salt ForkAdam Rose Sr. P/OF St. Joseph-Ogden

Why he's Coach of the Year: Taking over for Duff Hoel after a third-place finish in Class 2A, Carver pushed the Warriors to nearly similar heights. Tuscola was the only local team to collect 30 wins, ending its year in a 2A super-sectional game and boasting All-Area Player of the Year Logan …

In a spinoff of our 'UI 150 & Beyond' project, we asked 10 former Illini coaches now living elsewhere to tell us about the first spot (other than a sports facility) or story that comes to mind when they think back to their C-U days.

Batting averagesPlayer, School AB R H RBI AVG.C. Kresin, Tuscl 112 43 57 51 .509M. Miller, AOC 69 34 35 28 .507Jayne, BlRdg 77 21 38 18 .494Atwood, Milfrd 74 24 35 34 .473Marshino, Milfrd 85 26 40 29 .471Schrodt, PBL 73 34 34 19 .466Barney, Milfrd 74 36 34 20 .459Ecker, PBL 84 36 38 23 .452