The Northeastern 8-10 year old Little League saw its season come to an end on Thursday, Aug. 10, with an extra-innings loss to New York, 5-4, during the Eastern Regional in Cranston, Rhode Island.
After Northeastern, which was representing Pennsylvania in the Mid-Atlantic Region, lost on Thursday afternoon, it still had hope to advance to the Mid-Atlantic championship game on Friday, Aug. 11. The York County side needed Maryland to defeat Delaware in the next game, which would've sent Northeastern through on a runs allowed tiebreaker. Instead, Delaware defeated Maryland, 7-6, sending New York into Friday's Mid-Atlantic championship game against New Jersey (3-1).
With Delaware's win, Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware all tied for second with 2-2 records, but New York won the tiebreaker by defeating both Delaware and Pennsylvania in pool play.
Thursday's game: Pennsylvania and New York were tied at 4-4 after the six innings of regulation, forcing extras to be played.
New York went on to score in the top half of the seventh to take a 5-4 lead, putting the pressure on the Northeastern side. The York County bunch couldn't find an equalizer, losing the game.
The New York state champs from Staten Island jumped out to a 2-0 lead right out of the gates, scoring twice in the top of the first.
After both teams put up scoreless second innings, Northeastern got on the board and tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the third. The York County outfit then took its only lead of the contest with two more runs in the bottom of the fourth, to build a 4-2 lead.
However, it wouldn't last long as New York answered with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth to level the score again at 4-4.
Neither team would score in the sixth to break the tie, although Northeastern did have two runners on with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, but couldn't plate the winning run.
Ryley Nade-Bishop drove in a pair of runs for Northeastern, while Drew Barshinger and Derek Gross each had one. Barshinger also went 3 for 3 at the plate, collecting nearly half of the team's seven hits.
Northeastern finishes the summer with a 16-2 mark, its only losses coming over the last three days at the regional competition. It became Section 7, District 14 and state champions, advancing further in competition than any team in organization history.