A magical season came to an end Wednesday night for Janesville’s 15U baseball tournament team.
Lawrenceburg (Tenn.) scored a run in the bottom of the 11th inning to beat Janesville 4-3 and advance to the championship game of the 13-15 Babe Ruth World Series.
Trailing 3-2 in the sixth, Janesville tied the game on Clark Schmaling’s RBI single.
Lawrenceburg won the game in the 11th on a bases-loaded walk.
Janesville coach Tom Davey, who guided three straight teams to the World Series, said strikeouts were the difference.
“You just can’t get to a game of this magnitude and strikeout 18 times like we did,” Davey said. “Eric (Hughes) pitched great for us, but we didn’t put enough balls in play.
“But I’ll tell you what. Janesville should be proud of what these kids have accomplished the last three years. They represented our city with class. And I can’t thank Janesville Youth Baseball enough for the support they’ve given us, along with the entire community.”
Hughes pitched nine-plus innings and allowed only three runs to a Lawrenceburg team that was undefeated coming in and averaging nearly 10 runs per game. He struck out four and walked only one.
Janesville led 2-0 in the fourth before Lawrencburg scored three runs in the bottom of the inning.
Blade Tidwell, who has verbally committed to the University of Tennessee, picked up the win in relief. The right-hander struck out 11.
“All tournament long we faced power pitchers, while we had more of the finesse pitchers,” Davey said. “And you can get away with that when you play good defense like we did through the whole tournament run.
“We came up one run short tonight, but I’m so proud of these kids and what they accomplished.”
LAWRENCEBURG 4, JANESVILLE 3 (11)
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Hughes, Overley (9) and Madsen.
SO-Hughes 4. BB-Hughes 1, Overley 5.