ALTON — The Metro East Bears refuse to lose.
The Bears took revenge on the team that beat them on Thursday, Madison, Wis. Metro East bested Post 501by the score of 3-2 behind a complete game performance from Jake St. Peters.
In a game that lasted just 1 hour, 45 minutes, St. Peters threw nine innings, scattering three hits, walking one and allowing two unearned runs in the top of the first inning.
Madison closes its campaign at 24-9, while the Bears improve to 31-9. They will now play Midland, Mich. at 4 p.m. today in the title tilt with a berth into the American Legion World Series on the line. The World Series begins Wednesday in Shelby, N.C.
It didn't start pretty, with the Bears committing a pair of errors in the top of the first to stake Madison to a 2-0 lead.
Metro East answered in the third, taking advantage of some shoddy defense by Madison. Designated hitter Caleb Buhs was hit by a pitch to start things and when Drake Hampton reached on an error, followed by a throwing error, Buhs motored around to score from first and cut it to 2-1. Hampton moved to third and then scored on Aaron Jackson's one-out double to knot it at 2-2.
The Bears plated the difference-making run in the sixth. Jackson led off with a single, advanced to second on Mitchell Krebs' base knock and to third on Connor Melton's sac bunt.
After Maverick McSparin blistered a line drive back to the pitcher, it looked to be a double play in the making, but when Sam Lund spun to throw to second, the throw sailed into center field. Jackson scored easily on the play, elevating it to 3-2, which stood up for the win.
Jackson will get the start for Metro East against Midland. He threw a complete game on Thursday in the Bears' 5-2 win over Rockport, Ind.
Midland won the toss and is the home team for the championship contest.