Bedford was tantalizingly close to moving on in the American Legion Region 7 Tournament – inches away, according to the home plate umpire.
An inning later, the Cambria League champion Hurricanes were headed home, their season finished.
Ed Kilkeary III tagged Spencer McInroy for the final out in the bottom of the ninth inning, then scored the eventual winning run in the top of the 10th as Latrobe beat Bedford 6-4 in an
Bedford looked like it was going to win the game when Eric Grace singled to center with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but McInroy was called out on his attempt to score from second base by umpire Paul Schofield.
The play was very close and, not surprisingly, the sides had differing opinions on it.
“I felt like I was safe,” McInroy said. “I ran my heart out, gave it all I had. The ump made a final decision. That’s part of the game. … I guess I was out.”
Kilkeary said he thought he took the throw from center fielder Josh Roble, blocked McInroy from getting to the plate and made a sweep tag for the out.
“I thought so,” the catcher said. “Josh has a real good arm in center and I have a lot of confidence in him. Glad we got it. Big team win today.”
Bedford manager Kelbi Berg argued with Schofield on the play, but later said the Hurricanes should have won the game without the call.
“You can’t blame the umpires there for that loss,” Berg said after his team ended its season with a 24-6 record, including an 0-2 mark in the regional tournament. We had several chances to take that game into our control early and we lost those opportunities. It seems like we got some runners on with two outs and just
couldn’t do anything with them. That’s baseball sometimes. You take your knocks just like you have your successes.”
Bedford pitcher Tyler Black, who pitched into the 10th, was let down by his defense in the next half inning. Kilkeary reached on an error and scored on Ryan Bisi’s single. Bisi later scored on another error by the Hurricanes.
Black pitched 91⁄3 innings and did not give up an earned run, as all four Bedford errors led to runs.
“Tyler pitched with 100 percent heart today,” Berg said. “You can’t take that away from him. Any time a pitcher goes out for the 10th inning and says ‘You’re not taking me out,’ you’ve got to look at that guy and tip your cap to him. He showed full effort. It was a tough one for him to take. I wish we could have gotten him some more run support and gotten him on the other end of this one.”
Isaac Stern’s third-inning home run gave the Hurricanes a 3-1 lead, but Latrobe (28-5) got an RBI double from Seth Holler and a two-run double from Bisi in the fifth.
Bedford tied it at 4 with Eric Grace’s run-scoring single in the seventh.
Kody Blevins, Stern, Grace, Austin Mongomery and Issac Kline each had two hits for Bedford, but they couldn’t take advantage of them against Latrobe starter Brett Vallorani, who pitched 81⁄3 innings before giving way to reliever Dom Shojaie.
Holler and Bisi each had two hits for Latrobe, which will face host Somerset in an elimination game at 1:30 this afternoon.