Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

July 17, 2013

Louisville has advantage in district finals Post 914 plays for title tonight

RYAN CZACHORSKI
Daily News

---- — GRAYVILLE — After going through three pitchers in a 15-15 game with Albion, Louisville Post 914 coach Jay Walker turned to Dylan Walker in the ninth inning of the district tournament opener.It did the trick, as Walker held the Albion post in check until the 14th inning, setting up a two-run walkoff home run by Lawson Britton Sunday afternoon. The 17-15 may have been the biggest hurdle to a Senior Legion district championship, which Louisville will play for tonight at Grayville against either Carrier Mills or Carmi. "He kept us in the game," Jay Walker said. Louisville turned back to Dylan Walker in Monday's winners' bracket final against Carmi, and the move paid off again. Walker dealt six strong innings and left the game with a 3-2 lead. It was another big two-run home run that broke the game open for Louisville, as Hunter Clifton hit a two-run bomb that opened the floodgates on the way to an 11-2 win. Now, Louisville is one win away from advancing closer to the state tournament. They'll take on either Carmi or Carrier Mills at 6 p.m. tonight in Grayville. Louisville only has to win once and can lose, whereas the challenger will have to win two games tonight to advance. If Louisville loses game one, the winner-take-all championship will begin at about 8 p.m. The results from Tuesday's semifinal were not made available as of press time Tuesday night. Louisville downed Carmi earlier in this tournament. They have yet to play Carrier Mills in this 24th District tournament. The two teams met last week, with Carrier Mills racing to a 10-0 victory over Louisville.