ELYRIA — The Elyria West All-Stars stayed alive in the 9- and 10-year-old district tournament Friday with an 8-5 win over the Elyria North All-Stars at North’s home field.
West jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings and held on in the bottom of the sixth.
North put together a last-inning rally similar to the one it mustered in the city championship by scoring three runs. In the city championship, North rallied to defeat West 11-10.
Friday had a different ending, as West held on. West earned the right to play again Monday in another losers bracket game.
“That’s pretty much the same team that beat us in the championship,” West coach Bill Smith said. “They added a couple of players before the championship game and they beat us.
We added a couple of players before this game and we came out the victors.”
Eric Kosky started things in motion for West as he singled to center. Noah Schramm followed with an infield grounder that was misplayed. Ethan Miller drove in both runners with a double to right field for a 2-0 West lead in the first.
North went quickly in the bottom of the first as Schramm struck out two and got the third out on a comebacker.
Michael Sakalo then opened the second inning with an infield single. Following a strikeout, Omar Palos reached on an infield single. Jacob Smith knocked in both with a double down the left-field line for a 4-0 lead.
North finally got on the board in the third as Isaiah Hubal reached on an infield single and scored on an errant throw on a groundball by Ethan Henry.
The teams traded runs in the fourth inning to make it 5-2 and then traded three-run rallies in the sixth.
If West hadn’t scored those three in the top of the sixth, North would have tied it with the rally and the game may have gone into extra innings.
North Manager Bob Burdette was disappointed with the loss but not his team’s effort.
“This was a very different game than the last one, but the kids gave it 110 percent,” he said. “It’s a shame that we’re done.
“They gave it everything they had. We played last night in Cuyahoga Falls and probably didn’t get home until midnight. So the kids were probably tired but gave it their all.”
Contact Ron Nenadal at 329-7135 or email@example.com.