Delaware Post 1, based in Wilmington, took home the state’s first-ever American Legion Baseball World Series title Tuesday night.
In the series' 90-plus year history, Delaware had never taken home the title. That changed when Post 1 defeated Las Vegas 1-0 in extra innings.
The game had everything you want from a championship game. It had great pitching, a big defensive play and a walk-off moment.
Delaware starting pitcher Chris Ludman pitched eight scoreless innings, giving up just four hits, while striking out three on 99 pitches.
Tied 0-0 in the top of the eighth with Las Vegas threatening, Delaware shortstop Nate Thomas made a diving stop on a ground ball up the middle, toppling forward to make an inning-ending throw to first.
Delaware’s Michael Cautillo began the bottom of the eighth with a walk before being sacrificed to second by Post 1 starter Ludman a batter later. Up next, Austin Colmery sent a 2-2 pitch up the middle, knocking in Cautillo who slid headfirst into home plate just ahead of the throw to give Delaware Post 1 the walk-off win and the title.