SHELBY, N.C. — Albuquerque’s Post 13 team was held to two hits and fell 4-1 to Festus, Mo., Post 253 on Thursday, the first day of the eight-team American Legion World Series.
Post 13, 30-3 on the summer and the first team from New Mexico to compete at the World Series, looks to rebound today against Danville, Ill., in a 2 p.m. game to air on EPNU. Missouri faces Destrehan, La., at 5 p.m. Teams from North Carolina, North Dakota, Idaho and Massachusetts also are in the field.
Festus’ Brendan Smock pitched six innings —American Legion games are seven innings in regulation — for the victory. Damien Roddy, Post 13’s starter, allowed three runs over 2⅔ innings and was tagged with the loss.
Leadoff hitter Marquez Muñoz had Post 13’s only two hits, both singles. He was thrown out at the plate in the fourth inning, trying to score from third base on a wild pitch, to end his team’s first scoring threat.
Post 13, composed of players from the Albuquerque metro area and Las Cruces, trailed 4-0 and got its run without benefit of a hit in the bottom of the fifth inning. Brandon Bagon struck out swinging but reached first on a wild pitch. Roy Jennings was hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second.
Bagon then scored on a fielder’s choice, but Jennings was thrown out at third base, and Isaiah Gonzales grounded into a double play to end the threat.
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