SHELBY, N.C. — No team in Danville Post 210 baseball history had ever been in this position.
And only nine teams from the state of Illinois have ever played for the American Legion World Series National Championship.
Danville's bid to be the 10th came up just short.
Idaho Falls, Idaho, broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the ninth when Andrew Gregersen scored from third base on a two-out field error by Post 210.
"It hurts, because we were so close to something that was going to be so special,'' said Danville first baseman Chase Vinson, who capped a four-year career with Post 210. "This is definitely the best place for it to end, but we wanted it to end with a National Championship.
"I never thought that my last Post 210 game would be wearing this American Legion World Series jersey.''
With the victory, Idaho Falls advances to Tuesday's championship game against Fargo, N.D., a 11-4 winner over Destrehan, La., in the other semifinal.
The Post 210 Speakers overcame a 3-1 deficit in the seventh inning to force the game into extra.
Third baseman Logan Spicer delivered a two-out, two-run single to tie the contest.
Danville had an opportunity to win the game in the eighth inning as Jake Stipp reached on a one-out single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt but Ernest Plummer's grounder was fielded by Bruer Webster to end the threat.
Left-hander Mason Ecker allowed just one hit — a two-run double by Randon Hostert — in the three-run third inning for Idaho Falls. All three runs were unearned as Kai Howell, the No. 9 hitter in their lineup, started the inning when he reached on a one out, double third strike.
Post 210 opened the scoring when Plummer drew a leadoff walk. He then stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error. Plummer scored the game's first run on Kotah Broeker's single to center.
For more on the Danville Post 210 season, see Wednesday's editions of the Commercial-News.