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Andrew Hulse (15) pitches in relief for the Knox County Royals in Tuesday’s American Legion Sixth Region Championship game in Sparta. The Royals defeated Union County, 9-8 to gain a state tournament berth in Lancaster.
Andrew Hulse (15) pitches in relief for the Knox County Royals in Tuesday’s American Legion Sixth Region Championship game in Sparta. The Royals defeated Union County, 9-8 to gain a state tournament berth in Lancaster. (Photo by Geoff Cowles) View Image

By Mount Vernon News
July 17, 2013 11:05 am EDT

 

SPARTA — The flood gates finally blew wide open for the Post 136/518 Knox County Royals and it couldn’t have happened at a better time.

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The Royals staged a seven-run seventh inning to come roaring back against Post 79 Union County and win Tuesday’s Sixth District American Legion championship, 9-8, at Highland Community Park in Sparta.

The Royals are headed to the state tournament in Lancaster for the third straight season, despite early season disappointment and constant change.

“We’ve had a lot of injuries this season,” said Royals head coach Mike King. “We’ve had guys go on vacation. We had guys decide to go somewhere else and play or whatever. I just told the guys that, if we hang together, we could make a run at the end. It was a total team effort.”

Tuesday’s win was the team’s second one-run victory of the tournament. After gaining a forfeit from Granville in the tournament opener, the Royals defeated Union County, 9-8, in ten innings and Prospect, 4-3, in Sunday’s winner’s bracket final.

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