For the second straight season, Mother Nature rained on the parade of the Brooks Robinson Twin Lakes Classic.
But, while Blue Springs, Mo., benefited from the shortened tournament last year, the Fike/Post 499 team finished one spot shy of repeating as champions this season.
Only one of Sunday’s semifinal games was played — and it still had at least three outs remaining — before a second rain delay washed out the tourney around 2 p.m.
With Pontotoc, Miss. — which held an 11-2 lead over the host Lockeroom team in the bottom of the fifth when the rain hit — and Blue Springs each as the only unbeaten teams remaining in the tournament, the Red Sox earned the tiebreaker for runs allowed and captured the first-place trophy.
Blue Springs, which was scheduled to meet Rogersville, Mo., in the other semifinal, earned the runner-up trophy, while Lockeroom and Rogersville received semifinal trophies.
The championship was the fourth at the Classic for Pontotoc, which ironically won its first title in 2009 after rain shortened the event.
Pontotoc’s Tyreque Reed, who bashed three home runs and 13 RBIs with a .780 average, was named the MVP of the tournament.
Blue Springs had won last year’s event without the semifinals or championship game being played, due to early-morning rains before the Sunday games.
Pontotoc, Miss. 11,
Lockeroom 2, 5 in.
Giving their opponents extra outs finally cost the host team in the fourth inning against the eventual champions.
After Lockeroom took an early 2-0 lead, the Red Sox scored one unearned run on two errors in the third. After one earned run in the fourth inning, three errors — including two dropped fly balls — led to four more runs for Pontotoc, Miss.
Reid Carter walked, and with one out, Kaleb Barnes doubled him home to knot the score at 2-2. Hunter Bishop reached on an error, Delvin Zinn reached on a dropped fly ball to load the bases, and Anthony Lipsey hit into a fielder’s choice that retired the lead runner for the second out.
Reed hit a high fly ball that was dropped just on the foul side of the left-field line, and the slugger made Lockeroom pay for the mistake with a long, towering home run to left-center field for a grand slam, stretching the lead to 6-2.
The Red Sox tacked on five more in the fifth as Will Howard had an RBI double, Zinn had a two-run single, and Reed crushed a two-run double, giving him six RBIs for the game.
Lockeroom (9-2) is idle until facing Gillette, Wyo., on Wednesday at the Decker Sports College World Series Tournament in Omaha, Neb.
The hosts gained the lead in the second inning when Matt Robbins scored on a single by Kyle Stephens, and Brody Ninemire doubled and his courtesy runner — Ryan Czanstkowski — scored on a fielder’s choice for a 2-0 edge.
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2015 Brooks Robinson Twin Lakes Classic
Sky-Lar Culver, MH Lockeroom
Will Spry, Harrison
Andrew Bujnak, Eureka, Mo.
Heath Fortson, Batesville
Connor Pomering, Rogersville, Mo.
Rookie McDade, Benton
Nate Pecota, Blue Springs, Mo.
Nic Mertes, Blue Springs, Mo.
Jake McDonald, Pontotoc, Miss.
Delvin Zinn, Pontotoc, Miss.
Denver Brell, Rogersville, Mo.
Delvin Zinn, Pontotoc, Miss.
Tristan Tate, Batesville
Individual Home Runs
(Tie) Cale Benson, Blue Springs, Mo.; Tyreque Reed, Pontotoc, Miss.
Witt Roatan, Pontotoc, Miss.
Team Home Runs
Most Valuable Player
Tyreque Reed, Pontotoc, Miss.