|Border routed at regional baseball|
|Written by Kyle Arnoldy|
With a state championship plaque already hoisted into the air this summer, the Border League baseball team set out to continue their winning ways at the Babe Ruth 16-18 Midwest Plains Regional tournament in Dickinson, N.D. Facing some of the best teams from the eight-state region, Border League was eliminated from play after posting a 0-3 record.
“We just had one inning that killed us in each of the three games and we couldn’t stop the bleeding. But that’s pretty common with a young team,” Coach Marcus Kammer said.
Action began Thursday, July 24, with the championship taking place Sunday, July 27.
Border opened the tournament with a 1-11 loss to Charleston, Mo., Thursday afternoon. Charleston went on to claim the regional title, putting together a 5-0 showing.
In the match, Border League was held to just two singles. Charleston had already amassed eight runs by the time Border League plated its first run in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Charleston tacked on three more runs to their total in the sixth inning. After holding Border League scoreless in the bottom of the sixth, Charleston claimed the 11-1 victory with the run rule going into effect.
Border League committed five errors in the game, allowing Charleston to plate six unearned runs.
Border League’s Friday, July 25, match with host-team Dickinson was less of a blowout, yet yielded similar results.
After Border took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, they quickly saw the game slip out of their reach with Dickinson rallying for six runs in the second.
Border League lost the match 3-12. Both teams accounted for six hits in the game while Holyoke committed three errors compared to zero by Dickinson.
In Saturday, July 26, action, Border League faced Eden Prairie Black from Minnesota. The Minnesota boys put their offensive explosiveness on display in the opening inning, putting up 10 runs to take a double-digit lead out of the gate.
Eden Prairie Black jumped ahead by 15 before Border League lit up the scoreboard for the first time in the bottom of the fourth inning.
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