WALLOWA MAJOR BOYS LOSE A TOUGH ONE AFTER RALLYING
It was a tough loss Wednesday for the Wallowa Valley Major boys, who came from behind to force extra innings against Milton-Freewater in their last game of the District 3 Majors Tournament.
The boys fell behind 3-0 in the first inning, but rallied to tie the game 3-3 after six.
In the top of the seventh, Wallowa Valley's Trenton Neil gave his team its first lead of the game, 4-3, with a long home run over the fence.
But, a couple of defensive miscues in the bottom of the seventh allowed two Milton-Freewater base runners to score, as Wallowa Valley lost 5-4.
Manager Warren Wilson was proud of the boys for fighting back all game. "They played tough," he said. "They played with a lot of heart. They never quit.
"When Trenton hit that home run, I thought we were going to hold them," Wilson said.
Pitcher Tyler Harshfield gave up three first-inning runs, but then settled in, and Milton-Freewater barely threatened over the next several innings.
One potential rally was quelled when shortstop Andrew Wilson made a spectacular diving catch on a soft liner, then threw to first base to complete a double play.
Wallowa Valley scored its first two runs in the fourth inning after a Neil triple and a walk to Zac Courtney. Both base runners scored when the ball got thrown away.
Harshfield, a left-handed hitter, hit a double in the fifth to deep left field, and he came around to score on an RBI single by Wilson to make the score 3-3.