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`Watching' on the Net: Player's family uses computer to keep track of Legion Series

In a scene reminiscent of the Depression era when families clusteredaround the living room radio set to hear the day's headlines, the Walkerfamily gathered around their IBM Aptiva Tuesday night.

With no live TV or radio carrying the finals of the American Legion WorldSeries at Rapid City, S.D., the Walkers followed the Medford Mustangs onthe Internet.

Medford entered play Tuesday needing to beat Southeast Regional championSanford twice to win its first national title.

The Mustangs thumped Sanford, 12-2, in seven innings to set up a finalwinner-take-all contest.

Shawn Walker, the youngest of Don and Pat Walker's four sons, delightedthe household by hitting home runs in his first two at-bats, followed bya triple as Medford took an 8-2 lead in the top of the fifth. But a seven-runsixth inning boosted Florida to an 11-8 victory at Fitzgerald Stadium ina game that was shortened to seven innings.

Don was over here at noon, thinking the game started at noon,said daughter-in-law Suzie Walker.

We called Todd (Shawn's oldest brother) down in Phoenix (Ariz.)and gave him the Internet address. He went over to one of his friends',and they're watching it down there too.

It should be noted that few of the family and friends at Suzie and TyWalker's house are Internet regulars, and it took some tutoring by the hostessto follow the action.

We watched the first game with those rain delays and then it juststopped, she said.

After finding the correct link to the next game, the family picked upthe action once more.

This is great, Shawn has been in a slump and he's finally havinga great game, Suzie Walker said. What a way to go. TheWalkers and the rest of Medford will get a chance to really watch the actionat 10 a.m. Thursday on ESPN.