Concord eliminated in Babe Ruth World Series quarterfinals

  • Jake Sullivan deals against KWRL (Centerfield) in the Babe Ruth 13-15 World Series quarterfinals on Tuesday at David Story Field in Longview, Wash. Joshua Hart / The Daily News

  • Jonah Wachter mans first base in the Babe Ruth 13-15 World Series quarterfinals on Tuesday at David Story Field in Longview, Wash. Joshua Hart / The Daily News

  • The KWRL (Centerfield) players celebrate their 2-1 win over Concord in the Babe Ruth 13-15 World Series quarterfinals on Tuesday at David Story Field in Longview, Wash. Joshua Hart / The Daily News

Monitor staff
Published: 8/15/2018 1:46:27 AM

The Concord Babe Ruth All-Stars went down fighting.

Representing New England at the Babe Ruth 13-15 World Series in Longview, Wash., Concord advanced from pool play Monday but fell in the quarterfinals, 2-1, to KWRL-Centerfield, Wash., on Tuesday.

Concord comes home sooner than it hoped, but they can hold their heads high after finishing the tournament in a tight, competitive game where they took a 1-0 lead in the first inning but fell behind, 2-1, in the fifth.

“I can’t say enough about these kids,” Concord coach Ryan McGonigle said. “Their hard work, their dedication, the guts they’ve shown going all the way through states and regionals. They got to an important place here, but, unfortunately, our bats stopped working.”

Concord finished with five hits, one error and five runners left on base. KWRL plated its two runs on six hits while leaving four runners stranded.

Landon Krausse batted in both runs and earned the save for KWRL. He took over in the seventh inning after Nate Vandersea hit a leadoff single for Concord, which needed to score one run to tie the game and keep their hopes alive. 

Krausse put away Ronan McGonigle on strikes, and Tyler Wright and Ryan Kastle flew out to end the game.

Jake Sullivan (1-for-3, 1 run) scored Concord’s lone run in the first inning on a double steal where Vandersea (2-for-3) took off for second and Sullivan reached the plate. 

KWRL answered in the third with a pair of runs on a two-RBI single by Krausse.

Wright was named the player of the game for Concord. He pitched four innings scattering five hits with two strikeouts and one walk with two earned runs.

Sullivan took over pitching for fifth and sixth innings. He gave up one hit and struck out two KWRL batters. He got out of the fifth inning using just 10 pitches 

Concord catcher Trevor Smith made a pair of nice plays in the fourth inning throwing out two base stealers at third, which helped Wright escape the inning without allowing a run despite an error and two singles.

Concord caught everyone’s attention with their tournament-opening no-hitter last week, but the New England champions hit a three-game slide and finished pool play at 1-3. Concord won the tiebreaker (fewest runs allowed) over Kelso, Wash., and Torrance, Calif., to advance to the single-elimination bracket portion of the tournament.

“We came in and put up a good fight in Game 1 but then our bats just faltered a little bit, and sometimes that’s baseball,” coach McGonigle said. “But we had some great pitching along the way, great fielding, great diving catches. Every single one of these kids is just gutsy.”

(Nick Stoico can be reached at nstoico@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @NickStoico.)



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