SHELBY, North Carolina (KIFI) - One game. One win. That's all that separates the Idaho Falls Bandits from winning their third straight American Legion World Series, something that has never been accomplished in Legion Baseball history.
The Bandits advanced to the championship game by holding on to a late lead in the semifinals for a 5-4 win over Shrewsbury, MA.
A four-run 2nd inning was crucial for Idaho Falls in the victory, and it was capped off by a Nate Rose RBI double. Conner Hall scored on error in the 4th inning to provide a key insurance run that proved to be the difference.
Davin Luce was outstanding after a tough 1st inning. He tossed 6.2 innings, allowing three runs on six hits and striking out six batters in the win. Jaxon Grimmett clinched the victory with a strikeout looking to end it.
Next up, the Bandits battle Troy, AL in the American Legion World Series Championship at 5:00 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcasted live on ESPNU.