7-4 defeat eliminates Mayo from regional

August 25, 1993|By Pat Overton | Pat Overton,Contributing Writer

BOYERTOWN, Pa. -- An up-and-down Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament came to a close for the Mayo Post 226 American Legion baseball team as the Wildcats fell to Rockland, N.Y., 7-4, yesterday.

The loss came one game shy of the region championship game in which Mayo would have faced Hamilton, N.J., the team that gave Mayo its first loss of the tournament.

Mayo finished its season with a record of 63-11, but coach Bernie Walter couldn't help but be disappointed at the way the season ended.

"This team accomplished a lot of things this year," said Walter. "We won the state championship, which is something we haven't done in three years, and I think we were the best team in this tournament. We just didn't play like it."

Mayo fell behind early in the contest with starting pitcher Mike Bussey giving up two runs in both the second and third innings.

Rockland added two more runs in the fifth and one in the eighth to give itself a cushion. Mayo managed one run in the third on a sacrifice fly by Bussey and two in the fifth.

The Wildcats got another run in the sixth when Brian Sands scored on Phil McGinnis' sacrifice fly. Mayo had other opportunities but couldn't get any timely hits.

"I don't think we ever got back on track after the Boyertown game," said Walter of the Wildcats' first game, which started at 11:30 p.m. Friday and lasted until 4 a.m.

"Boyertown paid the price being eliminated after two games. I think we did a good job battling through a tough situation," said Walter.

For some of the Wildcats, this would be their last game, but they are only losing four players. Some such as Tim Giles are ready to take another shot at the title.

"I'm pretty amazed at what we were able to accomplish this year even though we could have gone all the way," said Giles. "We've got a lot of guys coming back though who know how to win and are ready to make another run."

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