July 09, 2003 11:00 pm

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.