AUGUSTA — Gardiner and Post 51 advanced to the American Legion baseball Zone 2 championshipon Sunday. Gardiner defeated Madison, 12-2, in the winners’ bracket game, while Post 51 eliminated South China Subway, 11-10, and Madison, 11-1.

Gardiner plays Post 51 at 1 p.m., Monday at Morton Field in Augusta, with an “if necessary” game to follow afterward. Post 51 needs two victories to win the Zone championship.

The Zone 2 champion advances directly to the state tournament, Aug. 1-5 at The Ballpark at Old Orchard Beach. The Zone 2 runner-up plays the Zone 5 runner-up in a play-in game at 11 a.m., Saturday at Old Orchard Beach.

Spencer Allen allowed only five hits for Gardiner, and threw only 80 pitches in an eight-inning complete-game victory. Kyle Fletcher was 5 for 6.

For Post 51, Devin Warren singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to beat Subway. Against Madison, Warren went all seven innings and pitched a two-hitter.


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