CANTON — The No. 8 Lake Placid baseball team had a woeful start to its season, dropping six consecutive ballgames.
But the final two outs of its NYSPHSAA Class D regional final loss to No. 2 Heuvelton Saturday will be a tougher pill to swallow.
Down 4-3 in the top of the seventh inning with runners on second and third base and one out, Ryan Damp hit a pop fly to right field.
Joseph McDonnell, a senior right fielder for the Bulldogs, had the baseball hit the palm of his glove and pop out before securing the catch on the run. Davis Moore, who was sent home by Blue Bombers coach Brian Brandes from third base, scored what appeared to be the game-tying run.
But Heuvelton appealed the tag up, claiming Moore left the bag before the baseball made initial contact with McDonnell’s glove.
An infielder for the Bulldogs was instructed to throw to third base, which resulted in the third-base umpire calling out. The double play ended the contest.
Lake Placid lost, 4-3.
“(The umpire) said that it was a catch, and they were just concerned that he did tag up after the ball touched the right fielder the first time,” Brandes said. “The umpire at third base said, ‘It doesn’t matter because he never came back and actually touched the base.’
“That was my fault. I was blocked. I thought the ball was down. I didn’t think it was a catch. I should’ve had him tagging from the start.”
After being held scoreless for five innings, the Blue Bombers (5-9) pulled themselves within striking distance with three runs on two hits in the sixth.
Tucker Angelopoulos’ two-RBI double gave Lake Placid new life.
“They came back well,” Brandes said. “A week off hurt our hitting, though. We were on stride and hitting well through sectionals. Taking a week off hurt our timing a little bit. But we managed to get our timing back in the late innings. It would’ve been nice to tie that up.”