Originally created 08/01/98

Post 26 near championship



Aiken American Legion Post 26 is one victory away from reaching its second state championship game in three years.

Post 26 (18-4) benefited from nine Sumter errors Friday to advance to today's semifinals of the South Carolina American Legion Championship Tournament in Greenville, S.C. with a 13-5 victory. Derrick Haltiwanger picked up the win for Aiken.

Charleston is Post 26's only obstacle to Sunday's championship game. Aiken will square off with Charleston today at 5 p.m. Post 26 won the state crown in 1996.