Despite advancing to the championship round, the Onondaga County All-Star baseball team fell short of its goal to earn a trip to the Senior Babe Ruth World Series this year.
Facing the difficult challenge of winning three games in two days, Onondaga's tournament run came to end with a 5-1 loss to Northern New Jersey in the final of the Senior Babe Ruth 16-18 Mid-Atlantic Regionals Monday at Alliance Bank Stadium.
Onondaga, playing out of the losers bracket, needed to beat New Jersey's Essex County twice in the championship round to advance to the World Series. But NJ pitcher Alex Gowin limited Onondaga's powerful lineup to just one run on five hits for the complete-game win.
Also, Onondaga was hurt by three errors, which led to three unearned runs. West Genesee's Turner Parry, who won Onondaga's opening game July 22, struck out six but got the loss.
This all-star team made up of players from the Onondaga Senior Babe Ruth Classic League finished the tournament with a 3-2 record. Onondaga's only two losses were to NJ, which move on to play in the World Series that starts next week in Newark, Ohio.
NJ had a 2-0 lead after three innings but Onondaga cut the lead in half in the fourth when Dan Maloney (Fayetteville-Manlius) singled home Adam McPherson (Oswego/Finger Lakes Community College).
Then NJ put the game away in the bottom of the fourth by scoring three runs, all unearned. Two walks and two errors contributed to Onondaga's demise.
Onondaga got to the championship by eliminating the Metro New York team, 6-4, in a losers bracket game earlier in the day, also at Alliance Bank Stadium.
In that contest, Onondaga spotted Metro's Long Island Blue Demons a 4-0 lead in the first inning but stormed back to score all of its six runs in the bottom of the third.
McPherson highlighted the rally with a bases-clearing double for three runs. Maloney drove in two more runs with a single in the key inning.
Dan Karleski, of Westhill, went two-for-four with a run scored. Auburn's Tim LoCastro also had two hits for Onondaga. Jamesville-DeWitt's Anthony Dunn came into the game in the second inning and pitched five strong innings to earn the win.