Pedal Valves gets run-rule victory in Legion World Series opener
SHELBY, N.C. – The Pedal Valves Cardinals clubbed four home runs, including two by Stephen Klein, in a 12-1 victory Thursday over Danville, Illinois, in the opening game of the American Legion World Series.
Klein went 4-for-4 with four RBI. Ron Franklin, who also drove in four runs, and Kolby Bourgeois also had homers for the Louisiana and Southeast Regional champions.
“We’ve been working real hard offensively,” said Pedal Valves coach Danny Riehm, “talking about hitting a lot, going the other way, picking out good pitches. It just all came together (Thursday).”
Franklin’s two-run homer keyed a three-run top of the first for Pedal Valves. After Illinois got one back in the bottom of the inning, the Cardinals stretched the lead to 5-1 on solo homers by Bourgeois in the second and Klein in the third.
“Ron’s homer really gave us a chance to settle in,” Riehm said. “The kids fed off it and got a lot of confidence. We were scoring in almost every inning.”
A four-run fifth broke the game open, keyed by a two-run single by Franklin. The Cardinals were able to end the game after six innings because of the mercy rule after getting three more in the top of the sixth on Nick Lorio’s RBI double and Klein’s second homer, a two-run shot.
Josh MacCord went the distance for Pedal Valves, allowing three hits. He walked one and struck out three.
“He only threw 69 pitches, so he’s going to be in good shape to come back,” Riehm said. “It was a very efficient start.”
Pedal Valves continues pool play action Friday night at 6 p.m. CDT against Festus, Mo., which was also a winner on Thursday, defeating Albuquerque, N.M., 4-1. Friday night’s game will be televised by ESPNU.
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