NEWARK, OHIO -- The Charleston Fighting Squirrels fought all the way back from a five-run deficit to take a 6-5 lead heading into the seventh inning against Long Island, N.Y. on Tuesday night. Three more outs is all the Squirrels needed to extend their pool play record to 2-2 and advance to bracket play in the 2008 Senior Babe Ruth World Series.
But, Long Island did not let that happen.
Four hits, three errors and six runs later, the Squirrels found themselves down 11-6 and only a half of an inning left to play to try and regain their lost lead.
Unfortunately for Charleston, they could not plate a single run across in the bottom of the seventh inning as they fell to Long Island by a final score of 11-6 and, at the same time, were eliminated from World Series contention.
Long Island had scored five runs after four innings of play when Charleston started their comeback.
Chase McClendon hit an RBI double to right center field to score Tyler Whybark for one run in the fourth. In the fifth inning, Blake Gaddis also doubled to right field to score Matt Medlock who had walked earlier in the inning. Zach Rowland reached on an error by the Long Island infield that allowed Gaddis to score from second base. Then, Rowland was brought in on a Whybark double to right field to make it a 5-4 game.
The Squirrels were able to take the lead in the sixth inning when Colin Gilooly was able to reach base on a fielder's choice to send Jarryd Smith home for the tying run and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Gaddis sent Medlock home from third. Gilooly attempted to take second on the Gaddis sacrifice fly, but was thrown out at second base to end the inning.
Long Island then went on their six-run rant after that to take away the win.
Charleston finished pool play with a 1-3 record defeating the host team, Licking County, Ohio, for their only win.