Post 7 top upper-echelon teams


Bellingham Post 7 defeated two out-of-state teams on Friday, July 4, in Wood Bat Classic in Spokane. The Classic is one of the high-profile tournaments in American Legion baseball and hosts roughly 30 teams.

Post 7 took it to Missoula in the first game, scoring five runs in the first three innings before pulling to an 8-1 win. Noah Rawls went the distance on the mound, striking out 10 over seven innings.

The second game was a much closer affair, but a Lucas Petersen knock in the bottom of the seventh gave Bellingham a 4-3 win over Napoleon, a team from Ohio that's been to the American Legion World Series the past two years.

"It was a fabulous game," coach Steve Slesk said in a phone interview. "The kids were resilient."

Jake Albert also went the distance for Bellingham in the second game. He struck out two while scattering seven hits over seven innings.

Post 7 plays again on Saturday, July 5, against Spokane and Medicine Hat. Bellingham will likely have to stay undefeated in group play to make it to the next round.


Post 7 203 003 0 - 8 11 1

Missoula 000 001 0 - 1 4 2

WP: Noah Rawls. LP: Stevens. Highlights: Pete Pennylegion 2-4; Ernie Yake 2-4; Jake Manson 2-2; Lucas Petersen 2-4.


Napoleon 020 010 0 - 3 7 1

Post 7 210 000 1 - 4 12 2

WP: Jake Albert. LP: Hendricks. Highlights: Ernie Yake 2-3; Jake Manson 2-3; Lucas Petersen 2-4; Wittenberg 2-3; Joey Akers 2-2.

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