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Eden Prairie wins American Legion World Series title in 13 innings

August 18, 2011
North Carolina



By Alan Ford, Shelby Star 

SHELBY - You could cut the tension with a knife most of the 3 hours and 30 minutes that Eden Prairie, Minn., and Tupelo, Miss., battled Tuesday night in the championship game of the American Legion World Series.

And why not? Both teams poured their heart and soul into the fight and produced a classic 13-inning thriller. Eden Prairie emerged from the fray with a dramatic 5-4 come-from-behind trophy, one year after they were denied the title in the final round at Spokane, Wash.

The showdown was the longest ALWS championship game since 1931 and the first extra-inning game in the title contest since 1973.

"I can't say enough about these kids. They're phenomenal," Eden Prairie coach Scott Hackett said. "And after a lot of these guys were on the team last year and they came up short, and day one they wanted to get back here."

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