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Rangers’ run through regionals ends in semifinals

The Leesburg Rangers of American Legion Post 34 saw their luck run out Sunday afternoon, losing 8-6 to the Pennsylvania champions in the semifinal of the Mid-Atlantic Senior Regional Baseball Tournament at Fireman's Field in Purcellville.

Going against the team that had dealt them their first loss in Wednesday's opener, the Rangers tallied three of the first four runs. But Post 429 from Ephrata, Pa., struck for three runs in both the fourth and sixth innings.

Leesburg, Legion's Mid-Atlantic champion last summer, scored two in the ninth and had the potential tying run at the plate.

TJ Holdredge clubbed a home run, his second in as many games, for a 4-4 tie in the fourth. He finished with two hits, two runs scored and three RBIs.

Logan Cooper had three hits, drove in one and stole a base. Greyson Rauch drove in a pair on a couple base knocks.

The Rangers wound up 3-2 in the eight-team double-elimination tournament, marking the third consecutive year Post 34 made the tourney's final-four as host squad.

New Jersey defeated Pennsylvania 10-6 in the championship game later Sunday to win the regional crown and earn a spot in the American Legion World Series.

-Check back for more on Leesburg Post 34's run in the regional tournament.


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