Creighton Prep took an early lead but couldn't hold off Henderson, Nevada, losing 2-1 Tuesday in the American Legion World Series championship game in Shelby, North Carolina.
Prep scored in the bottom of the first to take a 1-0 lead. Tom Steier led off with a walk, moved to second on Will Hanafan's single, moved to third on Zach Luckey's bunt and scored on a sacrifice fly from Dylan Phillips.
After that, however, Henderson starter Shane Spencer settled in. He allowed only two more hits, shutting out Prep over the next six innings.
Henderson, a team Prep had beaten 9-1 in the second game of the tournament, tied it with a two-out rally in the third. Jack Thomas Wold hit a double down the right-field line, then scored on Garrett Giles' single.
In the top of the sixth, Henderson's J.J. Smith singled, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. Nick Thompson's sacrifice fly brought Smith in with the go-ahead and eventual winning run.
Spencer pitched a complete game for the win, earning the George W. Rulon Player of the Year award in the process. Prep's Joshua Culliver was almost as good, allowing the two runs on seven hits in six innings to take the loss.
Earlier Tuesday, Creighton Prep defeated Randolph County, North Carolina, 3-1 to complete a semifinal game that was suspended due to weather Monday.
Prep was leading 2-1 in the bottom of the first with no outs after a leadoff walk, hit batter and wild pitch set up Luckey’s two-RBI single to left field. Then the rains came, delaying the game a day.
On Tuesday, Prep added an insurance run on Cameron Blossom's sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. Dane Hansen worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh to earn the save.