If nothing else, the Reedsville baseball team was in it until the very end.
The top-seeded Panthers trailed No. 2 Gibraltar/Washington Island 5-4 heading into the seventh inning.
Unfortunately, that’s where things came undone. The visiting Vikings hung up five runs in the frame and left Reedsville with a 10-4 win in a WIAA Division 3 regional final on Friday.
The co-op went straight to work, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the first.
The Panthers knotted the contest at two apiece with a pair of RBI-singles in the third.
The Vikings answered by posting three runs in the next inning.
By the end of the sixth, Reedsville had drawn within one, but was unable to close the gap.
Elliott Ebert finished the game 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Panthers, while teammates Cody Schamburek, Trevor Mack, and Ryan Schwahn each had two hits of their own.
Ebert took the loss working 6 2⁄3 innings striking out two and walking two.
“I told them they had a pretty darn good season,” Reedsville head coach Alex Ourada said. “We had 11 wins…It was a lot of fun. I think that’s what they got out of it, too. It was hard to lose like that, but they should hold their heads high because they are a good group of guys.”
Next year, the Panthers are poised to return eight players. After the game, Ourada expects those eight to be especially hungry come next season.
“The majority of the kids that we have coming back got good quality playing time,” Ourada said. “I told the guys, remember this feeling because it’s not a good feeling. You’re going to come back re-energized and ready to get over that hump.”