LaCoMo East edged out of Final Four by 0.01

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

By winning their final game of pool play 3-1 over Illinois, the LaCoMo East Senior League all-star team put itself in a position to advance to the Final Four of the eight-team event in South Bend, Ind. However, when all of the mathematic calculations were figured, LaCoMo East, which finished 1-2 in the tournament, was edged out by Indiana by all of 0.01 in the defensive runs allowed category.

Indiana was one of two other teams in LaCoMo East's pool at 1-2, but played one game eight innings, which was just enough to put it ahead of LaCoMo East, District 1 and Missouri State Champion.

LaCoMo East began play Sunday with a 6-3 loss to Michigan, which won Pool B, on Sunday. Then LaCoMo East dropped a 4-2 decision to Indiana in eight innings and downed Illinois 3-1 Monday. Details about each of the latter two games will be in next week's paper.

Michigan 6, LaCoMo East 3

LaCoMo East had a hard time getting to Michigan's pitching, not scoring until the top of the sixth frame. By that time, Michigan had built a 4-0 lead, which grew to 6-1 with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. LaCoMo East's two-run bottom of the seventh left it three runs short.

In the LaCoMo East first, Chelsea Winter singled and Rebecca Tyler rapped a one-out base hit, but they were stranded.

LaCoMo East went down 1-2-3 in the second and Alyssa Hamblen led off the third with a base hit but was left on base.

In the fourth, Kaitlyn Fuehring, Breanna Vogels-meier and Chelsea Hollrah swatted back-to-back-to-back one-out single. But Kelsey White flied out and Hamblen fanned to end the threat.

Hall walked, but the next three batters for LaCoMo East were retired in the fifth.

LaCoMo East rallied for its first run with two outs in the sixth. Kati Walker singled, Hamblen walked and Savanna DePee smacked a base hit to load the bases. Walker raced home on a passed ball to break up the shutout.

Chelsea Gieselman started the seventh with a single. Tyler walked and after Fuehring struck out, Gieselman, who had reached third, stole home. Vogelsmeier grounded out, but Tyler scored. Hollrah walked, but Walker struck out to end the game.

Fuehring started and was the losing pitcher, allowing four runs on seven hits and one hit batter. Tyler worked the fifth and sixth frames, giving up two runs on six hits and striking out one.

Ohio and South Bend also reached the semifinals, which are being played today with the eventual winner advancing to the Senior League World Series later this week in Delaware.

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