The Kennewick Outlaws AAA outhit Rockport, Indiana, 9-3, but failed to produce enough runs in suffering their second consecutive loss at the American Legion World Series in Shelby, N.C.
Rockport got solid pitching from Charles Stallings, and a two-run double from Trevor Zink on Friday to beat the Outlaws 5-3.
“It’s a tough loss,” Outlaws coach Nate Holdren said. “We are not having good at-bats. We had plenty of chances. We just couldn’t get that two-out hit to get back in it.”
Kennewick (54-16) will have Saturday off before matching up with Rowan County, N.C. on Sunday.
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“We have tomorrow off, then we come back Sunday and hopefully get out of town with a win,” Holdren said.
Indiana took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second, then tagged on four more runs in the fifth for a 5-0 advantage.
The Outlaws manufactured three runs in the top of the ninth, but couldn’t pull even.
“We had the tying run at the plate, we just didn’t come through,” Holdren said.
Gerald Hein pitched a complete game for Kennewick, allowing five runs on three hits and striking out eight.
Stallings scattered eight hits and allowed the three runs. He also struck out five and walked five.
“We aren’t seeing any better pitching than we see in the Tri-Cities,” Holdren said. “It’s one of those things.”
Trent Sellers, Tyler Detloff and Blake Loftus all had two hits for the Outlaws.
With two losses, the Outlaws will not make the semifinal round out of the Stripes Division.
“There are 5,000 Legion teams in the nation,” Holdren said. “We are one of the last eight. That is something to celebrate. It hurts now, but when a week goes by, it will be an unbelievable feat by this team. Not many teams from Washington ever get here, let alone the Tri-Cities. They will remember this their whole lives.”
Highlights: Trent Sellers (K) 2x4; Tyler Detloff (K) 2x4; Blake Loftus (K) 2x4, RBI; Trevor Zink (I) 2B, 2 RBIs; Spoler (I) 2x3, RBI.