The boys from Northeastern have hit a bump in the road.
The York County team suffered its first loss in the Eastern Regional 8-10 Little League Tournament on Tuesday, Aug. 8.
Northeastern dropped an 8-4 decision to a hard-hitting bunch from Elmora, New Jersey.
The tournament is being played in Cranston Rhode Island.
Both teams entered the contest at 2-0 in the week-long tournament and had been tied atop the Mid-Atlantic Division in the tournament. Elmora has now scored 36 runs in its three victories.
Northeastern fell behind 6-0 after 3 1/2 innings, but battled back to within 6-4 after plating two runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings, but that was as close as the local team could get.
The York County outfit was hindered by some uncharacteristic sloppy defense and pitching wildness, committing three errors leading to four unearned runs, while also allowing seven walks.
Bryson Neri finished with three RBIs for Northeastern, including a two-run single in the fifth. Drew Barshinger added two doubles and an RBI for Northeastern, while Conner Rippo also doubled and scored a run. Rippo started the game on the mound and pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit.
The loss, however, didn't end Northeastern's hopes for an Eastern Regional crown.
The Pennsylvania state championship team will next take on Great Kills National from New York at 11 a.m. Thursday. The New York champion is 1-1 in the tournament, with its only loss coming to the New Jersey team, 10-9. New York's win came over Delaware, 9-3. Northeastern beat that same Delaware side, 8-4.
If Northeastern can finish first or second in the Mid-Atlantic Division, it will earn a berth in the Mid-Atlantic title game at 5 p.m. Friday. The winner of that game will take on the New England Division champion for the Eastern Regional crown at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Even after the loss to New Jersey, the Northeastern team (17-2 overall) still sits second in the Mid-Atlantic Division at 2-1.