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Eden Prairie, MN Advances to Title Game with Comeback Win

Eden Prairie, Minnesota is now just one win away from capturing the ultimate Legion Baseball crown, with a come-from-behind 6-4 win over Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday night.  Eden Prairie opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first, but Las Vegas struck back quickly with a run of their own in the bottom half.  The Lions added two more in the second and another in the third to build a 4-1 lead, which they held until the sixth.  In the sixth and seventh, Eden Prairie was able to add single runs to cut the lead to 4-3.  Las Vegas took this lead in the ninth.

In the ninth, Matt Lintner, the Eden Prairie starter who stayed in the game at third, led off with a double down the right field line.  Following a sacrifice bunt, outfielder David Belusky doubled home pinch runner Jake Tharaldson with the tying run.  After a pitching change, a Tim Miller single gave Eden Prairie runners at second and third and after Miller moved up on the throw.  Las Vegas induced a groundout for the second out and almost saw its way out of the inning.  However, second baseman Tony Skjefte singled up the middle to score runs five and six.  Las Vegas went down in the order in the 9th to seal its fate.

Reliever Lance Thonvold got the win for pitching a scoreless eighth and Tim Miller earned the save for his work in the ninth.  Blair Goldsack was the hard luck loser for Las Vegas.  Julian Cutolo and Alex Estrella led the balanced offensive attack for Las Vegas with two hits apiece.

Las Vegas drops to 48-16 on the year and faces Midwest City, OK in the Game 12 elimination contest at 7pm Eastern on Monday.  Eden Prairie is now 38-7 and has assured itself of a spot in the Tuesday's final game.  They will meet Roseburg, OR in Game 13 at 10pm Eastern on Monday night.  Roseburg, which lost to Eden Prairie 13-6 on the tournament's first day, will be facing elimination.

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