The Stevens Point Sixers American Legion Baseball team battled back in dramatic fashion to win its third consecutive title at the 41st annual Ed Kardach Firecracker Classic at Bukolt Park Thursday through Sunday, July 4-7.
After a 17-2 loss to Beaver Dam in their tournament opener, the Sixers rallied for extra-innings victories over Wausau and Oshkosh, and then overcame a 9-3 deficit to beat Sun Prairie 12-9 Saturday and set up a showdown with 10th-ranked Beloit for the championship on Sunday.
There, Point used a two-run home run from right fielder Zach Bembenek and a complete-game four-hitter from Logan Mallek to win 4-2 and become the first team in the history of the tournament to win three consecutive Firecracker Titles.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Mallek. “After the first game, losing by 15, it’s tough to come back and win four straight.
“But we came back and we fought every game,” said Mallek.
“It was awesome,” said Sixers assistant coach Steve Pratt, who guided the team with manager Luke Suchon out of town for work. “The kids played their hearts out all weekend, and they definitely got what they deserved.”