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.
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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