HASTINGS – The First State Bank American Legion Seniors recorded a comeback for the ages, fighting their way to a 7-4 victory over Cometa, Oklahoma’s Three Rivers Bandits in the winner’s bracket final of the Mid-South Regional at Duncan Field in Hastings.
Down 4-1 in the top of the fifth, First State plated two runs to cut the Bandits’ lead to one. In First State’s last at-bat in the seventh with one out, First State battled to load up the bases. Mitchell Glause, down to the team’s last strike, drew a bases loaded walk to tie the game at 4-4.
That’s when things started clicking. Brennan Callahan delivered a two-RBI single to put First State up 6-4. A wild pitch would then score Glause to make it a 7-4 lead. Brady Benson came on to pitch a three-up, three down seventh to earn the save. Brennan Callahan pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief. He talked about moving to the mound in the fifth inning:
Callahan also described his big at-bat:
First State won the game with their last minute rally, despite committing three errors. Head Coach Jeff Hayden:
First State is 35-9 and plays Festus, Missouri in the winner’s bracket final, tonight at 7:00PM. Rich Ray will have that broadcast on Big Dog 98.9 FM and 1340 AM, and streaming online at BigDogNow.com (LISTEN ONLINE)