DANVILLE (WCIA) — The Danville Post 210 baseball team won’t get a chance to play for the American Legion state championship. That opportunity was taken away after Legion Commissioner Don Wallis gave the first place trophy to Mt. Prospect Post 525, despite not playing.
The two teams were scheduled to play Tuesday night but poor weather delayed Danville’s semifinal game with Alton several hours. That’s when Wallis stepped in and awarded the state title to Mt. Prospect.
“Weather and time constraints for the teams involved (helped make the decision to name Mount Prospect state champions),” Wallis told the Journal & Topics, a newspaper out of the Chicago northwest suburbs. “They (Post 525) were also 3-0 in the tournament.”
That didn’t sit well with Danville, who was ready to stay an extra day in order to play the game, even though they had to beat Mt. Prospect to win the state title. Despite not playing, Post 210 still advances to the Great Lakes Regional starting Aug. 8 in Napoleon, Ohio.
“I’d like to make a run at the World Series with these guys,” Danville head coach Allan Shepherd said. “I’ve had some of these guys a really long time. So, yeah, we’d like to make a showing. If that goes through Mt. Prospect, great.”
As fate would have it, if Danville and Mt. Prospect both win their first round game, the two teams would play each other.
“The first game is the most important,” Danville infielder Noah Nelson said. “If Mt. Prospect wins that game, then we see them again. So we definitely want to see them again, but besides all that, it’s game one. You’ve got to go one game at a time and win it, and just stay focused on that first game.”