|After a tough loss in their first District game, Drew and his Holly Little League District teammates
returned to the ball fields in Commerce to try to secure a much
needed "W". Tonight they would be playing against a familiar team in
Holly started out in the field, and they held their
own defensively, managing to get out of the inning without allowing
a run to score. Drew started out today's contest playing his most
comfortable position, first base. Holly's wasn't
able to generate much excitement when it was their turn to bat,
making three quick outs.
Grand Blanc had a big inning in the second, scoring runs after
Holly got the first batter out. They tightened up after that,
getting the final two outs before any more damage could be done.
Holly struggled in the second inning as well, though they did have a
runner on base when Drew stepped into the batters box. Unfortunately
Drew fell behind 0 balls, 2 strikes when the runner on first was
caught stealing, ending the threat.
Holly got some good pitching and defense in the third inning,
keeping Grand Blanc off the scoreboard once again. Drew moved to
left field for this inning (and would stay there for the rest of the
game). Drew led off the inning after being stranded in the batters
box in the last inning, and he led off with a single to left field.
After getting an out, Drew's teammate hit a sinking line drive into
right field that wound up being caught. As Drew retreated to the
first base, he, the batter, and the first basemen all converged at
the bag at the same. Although Drew made it to first before the ball,
somehow he was called out for interference. Nobody really understood
the call except for the umpire, but he was out anyway. They weren't
able to recover that inning, and still trailed 3-0 after the final
Neither team could generate any runs in either the fourth or
fifth innings, though they were able to get runners on base. Drew
got his second at-bat of the game in the fifth, but had to settle
for reaching first after being hit in the arm by the ball.
The sixth and final inning of the day resulted in Holly falling
behind by another run after Grand Blanc scored a two-out run. Holly
managed to get the final out before any more damage was done. Holly
would need a big inning to force the game to continue or to grab a
victory, and things were looking bleak after two strikeouts. They
managed to make things interesting, however, scoring two runs late.
They had the bases loaded with a chance to take the lead, but a fly
ball to center field ended the contest, as well as Holly's chance at
the Little League World Series.
Although this certainly wasn't the outcome anyone wanted, it
wasn't due to lack of effort by the team. They were definitely upset
with how things played out here in Commerce, and knew things could
have been different (especially today, with several base-running
errors) if they played as they knew how overall. Even though they
wouldn't be making it to Cooperstown this year, they would have one
last game to play - a Consolation game tomorrow against an opponent