It came down to the last play, but the Ohio Longhorns were on the wrong end of a 7-6 defeat to Creekside Fitness on Thursday to open the 16U NABF World Series. The game was tied at six with Creekside batting in the bottom of the seventh when Keith Smith’s sac fly scored one run.
Ohio Longhorns trailed by four runs in the second inning, but then fought back to lower the final margin. They tallied five runs in the failed comeback. Nick Herbele, Alex Parker, Dominic King, and Trevor Vojtkofsky came through with RBIs to lead the rally.
Creekside Fitness opened up scoring in the first inning, when Danny Flynn singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.
Ohio Longhorns evened things up at six in the top of the sixth inning when Vojtkofsky doubled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.
Ohio Longhorns notched three runs in the third inning. The offensive onslaught was led by Herbele and Parker, all driving in runs in the frame.
Creekside scored three runs in the second inning. The big inning came thanks in part to a fielder’s choice by Flynn.
Noah Newman took the loss for Ohio Longhorns. The pitcher went two and two-thirds innings, allowing five runs on four hits and striking out four.
Nick Magnifico started the game for Creekside Fitness. The fireballer allowed six hits and four runs over two and two-thirds innings, striking out three
Ohio Longhorns tallied one home run on the day. Parker had a four bagger in the second inning.
Ohio Longhorns tallied nine hits in the game. Reed Sackett, Vojtkofsky, and Parker all managed multiple hits. Parker, Vojtkofsky, and Sackett each collected two hits to lead.
Devin Gruver went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Creekside in hits.
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