SHELBY, N.C. — The Danville Post 210 Speakers continue to make history.
On Sunday afternoon at Keeter Stadium, Danville defeated Festus (Mo.) 7-5 in the winner-take-all final game of pool play.
With the victory, the Post 210 Speakers advance to Monday night's semifinal game against an opponent to be determined as the rest of Sunday's schedule was postponed by weather.
Danville, as the runnerup in the Stripes Division, will play the champion of the Stars Division. Idaho Falls, Idaho, is the current leader at 2-0, but Fargo, N.D., at 1-1 and Randolph County, N.C., at 1-1 are still alive for the top spot.
“It’s awesome,” said Danville catcher/pitcher Chase Rademacher in the official American Legion World Series press release. “There are over 3,000 teams that started the year and to be one of the last four standing feels really good.”
The Speakers, as they have seemingly done multiple times in their postseason run, had to overcome an early deficit.
Post 210 used a three-run sixth inning to tie the game at 3-3.
Shortstop Ernest Plummer got things started with a walk, moved to second on Kotah Broeker's sacrifice bunt and he scored Danville's first run on a Rademacher double to left.
After a Chase Vinson single to center, Logan Spicer delivered an RBI single to center to score Rademacher and the Speakers tied the game on an run-scoring fielders' choice by Lucas Hofer.
Danville reliever Dalton Dalbey, who got the Speakers out a fifth inning jam when he got Chuck Pratt to ground out to Spicer, was the unlikely guy to ignite a four-run seventh inning.
Dalbey, who was just 2-for-4 at the plate this summer, led off with a single to center. He then advanced to second on a passed ball and went to third on a errant pickoff attempt by Festus pitcher Jordan Duncan.
With the infield in, trying to cut down Dalbey at the plate, Plummer hit a chopper right over the head of the second baseman giving Post 210 a 4-3 lead.
After Plummer stole second base, Broeker delivered an RBI single.
Rademacher, Vinson and Hofer all followed by with hits and the Danville Post 210 lead was up to 7-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh.
In the bottom of the seventh, Festus came back with an RBI double from Jake Leitner that scored Colby Ott.
That was it for Dalbey and Danville turned the game over to its closer, Rademacher, who got the save in the state championship game against Barrington and he was the winning pitcher in the Great Lakes Regional championship game against Beverly-Lowell, Ohio.
Rademacher struck out Martin for the first out in the seventh. And he was ahead of Pratt when his check-swing blooper gave Festus runners on first and third with just one out and catcher Isack Hamilton was the tying run at the plate.
A wild pitch from Rademacher allowed Leitner to score and the Danville lead was trimmed to 7-5. But Rademacher responded.
Hamilton was called out on strikes and Connor Wilkinson grounded out to third, ending the threat and propelling Danville into the semifinals.
“It felt good to play well since I’ve been struggling so far in the regional and World Series but it was an overall team effort,” said Rademacher in the official release from the American Legion World Series. “We all played well as a team.”
Festus plated three runs in the fourth inning off of Vinson.
Eddie Martin's leadoff double got things started and after a single by Pratt, Vinson walked Isack Hamilton and Christian Hancock, the latter giving Festus a 1-0 advantage.
Pratt would then score on a Vinson wild pitch and Duncan's sacrifice fly to left capped the scoring.
The final games in the Stars Division will be played on Monday morning.
Fargo is leading Shrewsbury, Mass., 5-1 in the third inning, that game will continue at 10 a.m. and it will be followed by the game between Idaho Falls and Randolph County.