The Ferndale 10-U baseball is heading home after losing its final two games in the Pacific Northwest Regional Championships on Saturday, July 27, in Helena, Mont.
Ferndale lost its first game of the day to Willamette Valley, Ore., 12-2. A seven-run fifth inning inevitably downed the Ferndale squad despite playing a fairly clean game up until that point.
"We started throwing the ball around, and they had some timely hits," coach Hank Schwarz said in a phone interview.
Ferndale fell to Helena, Mont., 9-6 in its final game of the tournament. Despite falling down 9-1 at one point, Schwarz's squad was able to battle back with five runs in the sixth to bridge the gap and make the game interesting.
"We tried to pull one out in the end," he said.
The story of the tournament, though, was one bad inning, Schwarz said.
"The final scores that we had against us don't reflect how well we did play other than that one inning each game," he said.
Nonetheless, the kids had an experience of a lifetime, he added.
"We are coming home with our heads held high," he said.