The Dalles Major Little League All-Stars didn’t go down quietly Tuesday morning at Kramer Field.
Trailing Hood River Valley by two runs in a District 5 tournament elimination game, TD loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
However, Conner Cummings’ fly ball to shallow right field, which appeared like it would fall in no man’s land was instead caught by the HRV shortstop and TD fell 4-2, ending its tournament.
“That kid made a heck of a play at the end,” TD manager Deric Anthony said. “That was a tied baseball game there if that doesn’t get caught. I thought it was going to drop all the way but that kid from short made a great play. That was tough.”
TD trailed 4-1 entering the sixth. Leadoff hitter Gavin Cates doubled to begin the rally but was thrown out at home on a force play. Ben Schanno then walked and scored.
TD struggled to get anything going offensively in the first three innings but fell behind just 1-0 as pitchers Jaxon Pullen and Isaac Anthony also kept Hood River’s hitters off balance.
Leading off the bottom of the fourth, Schanno woke up The Dalles dugout and crowd with a solo home run to tie the game.
“That woke us up a little bit so that was great,” Anthony said.
“We needed it. We came out a little bit slow and him getting that kept us in the game and got us turned around a little bit. Him hitting that helped and everyone starting waking up a little bit.”
TD still managed just one more hit, a Trenton Schacher single, until rallying in the sixth.
“We just weren’t getting the bat on the ball,” Anthony said. “It’s simple as that. They threw away from us a little bit and down in the zone.
“They did a good job pitching and we didn’t swing the bats like we have. That’s just baseball.”
HRV took the lead right back in the top of the fifth with its own two-run home run and added another run in the sixth on an RBI double.
Tuesday’s game began at 8 a.m., which was a quick turnaround for TD, who had just played at 5 the night before.
TD finished the tournament 2-2 with wins over John Day River and Jefferson County.
“We can’t be more proud of these guys,” Anthony said. “They did a good job. They had some tough spots. They had a tough draw with the bracket. It was a tough spot to be in and these guys battled the entire way and came out with a couple big wins and almost pulled one out today. It just didn’t go our way.”