Dillon Livingston

Beaver Dam Post 146's Dillon Livingston sacrifice bunted in the top of the fourth that brought home teammate James Jimenez all the way from first base to five their team a 3-2 lead over River Falls during Wednesday's Class A state tournament opening round.

MERRILL — The Beaver Dam American Legion Post 146 varsity baseball team gave everything it had Wednesday against River Falls during the Class A state tournament in Merrill, but fell just short in a heartbreaking loss.

Nick Speckman hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead River Falls to a come-from-behind 4-3 win.

Post 146 fell behind 2-0 after one, but rallied to take a 3-2 lead in the fourth. River Falls knotted the score in the sixth to set up Speckman’s heroics.

“It doesn’t feel good,” Post 146 head coach Dylan Ziegler said. “We played a tough game and anytime you play a good game and you lose, it doesn’t feel good.

“We played well and that’s what we focused on. We try to play well every single game to give ourselves a chance and sometimes that goes our way, sometimes it doesn’t.”

Bayne Johnson got the loss pitching 7⅔ with two strikeouts, but gave up four earned runs on seven hits.

BD will play the loser of the game between Merrill and Holmen today at 1 p.m.

“We’re looking forward now at this point,” Ziegler said. “It hurt and we’re looking forward, and we’re going to get ready for our next game.”Follow Mark on Twitter @mmcmull2.

RIVER FALLS 4, BEAVER DAM 3 (EIGHT INNINGS)

Beaver Dam 002 100 00 - 3 7 1

River Falls 200 010 01 - 4 7 3

Pitching (ip-h-er-bb-k): River Falls – Jake Lindsey (W, 8-7-0-0-8). BD – Bayne Johnson (L, 7.27-4-3-2).

Leading hitters (two or more hits): River Falls – Lucas Ludtke 2x2. BD – none. HR: River Falls – Nick Speckman. 2B: River Falls – Trey Larson. BD – Luke Livingston.

Mark McMullen is currently a sports reporter for the Daily Citizen. He can be reached by email at mmcmullen@wiscnews.com or by phone at 920-356-6754. Can also follow him on Twitter at @mmcmull2.