Berryhill headed back to World Series


A year ago, Berryhill Post 165 left some business unfinished in Shelby, NC Now, it will get the long-awaited chance to make amends.

Berryhill beat Cincinnati (Ohio) Post 199 by the score of 7-2 in Sunday’s Great Lakes Region tournament championship game at Northwood University to finish the regional with a perfect 5-0 record and punch its ticket to the American Legion Baseball World Series in Shelby for the 10th time – and for the fourth time in the past five seasons.

“I’m super excited to go, for sure. I hear that they treat you well down there, and I’m just excited to be there with my team,” said Berryhill first-baseman and cleanup hitter Jack Bakus, who will be making the trip to Shelby for the first time. “It’ll be fun to just be with the guys for a week.”

Unlike Bakus, Post 165 pitcher Lane Kloha was a member of Berryhill’s regional champion team last summer, so he knows what to expect at the World Series – and he’s pumped to be going back.

“The atmosphere is crazy. It’s a pretty small town, so this is the highlight of their year, too,” Kloha noted with a smile. “… Just the atmosphere (is great), and the stadium is awesome. It gets packed, and it’s just fun.

“There’s a festival on one of the days in town, and all the teams parade through, and there’s a barbecue, and they have live music. It’s pretty cool,” he added.

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