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.