A memorable campaign for the McKinleyville 9 and 10 All-Stars came to an end on Thursday night when they lost 7-1 to Cambrian Park at the Little League state tournament in Rocklin.
The Mack all-stars, who had won three straight elimination games and were an impressive 4-1 at the tournament coming into Thursday’s showdown, pushed the Cambrian players all the way but saw the game slip away when their opponents scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Hunter Carper had a big day at the plate for McKinleyville, finishing 3-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI and a stolen base.
The Mack bats came out swinging, with three straight base hits to start the game.
Joe Tanno led off with a single, before a Bode Reininger double gave McKinleyville two runners on.
Carper then singled in Tanno for the go-ahead score.
The Cambrian players settled down after that and retired the next three Mack batters to end the early threat.
That was the last of the scoring for McKinleyviile, which threatened again on a few occasions but was unable to bring any more runners home.
Tate Saso rounded out a six-hit team performance with a two-out single in the sixth to keep his team’s hopes alive.
Tanno got the start on the mound for Mack and was solid through three innings.
Coldy Wilson, Jake Brunner and Gunner Coleman each pitched in relief.
The Mack all-stars close out an impressive season with a record of 11-2 in the postseason, winning three consecutive elimination games on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Ray Hamill writes at humboldtsports.com, where you can read lots more about sports in Humboldt County.