Teams with Alaska ties still alive in Legion regional tournaments

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Aug 12, 2012

Several teams with Alaska ties are still alive and kicking in various American Legion regional tournaments in the Lower 48.

Two of them were here this summer in Columbia, Tenn., and Castroville, Texas.

Columbia - the BP Invitational champs - is 2-1 at the Mid-South Region in New Oreleans after beating Hattiesburg, Miss., 6-5 in Saturday's elimination game.

Castroville - winners of the Todd Ryan Memorial Tournament in Wasilla - also improved to 2-1 after beating Tuscon, Ariz., 6-3 in an elimination game at the Western 8 Region in Fairfield, Calif.

Former visiting teams Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Fairfield, Calif., are also in the hunt for a World Series title.

At the Southeast Region, Tuscaloosa is 2-1 after beating host Sumter, S.C., 9-4.

At the Western 8 Region, which also includes Castroville, Fairfield was unbeaten in tournament play before dropping an 8-5 decision to Lakewood, Calif., last night.

At the Northwest Region - which includes Alaska - Washington, Hawaii, Oregon and Idaho are still alive.

Tournament action continues today and wraps up Monday.

The eight region winners advance to the World Series, Aug. 17-21 in Shelby, N.C.