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Northern loses lead, drops heartbreaker in semifinals

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 Two outs.

Northern Little League was two outs from a berth in the Southeast Regional championship game.

But then it all unraveled.

Down 7-2 with one out in the bottom of the sixth, Virginia exploded for six runs to beat the boys from Columbus, 8-7.

A base hit made it 7-3 and brought the tying run to the plate. A hit-by-pitch forced in a run and put the tying run on base, then a bases-clearing double to center tied it at 7.

The next Virginia hitter, Drew Larsen, doubled down the left field line and drove in the winning run.dssd

Northern jumped on top early when John Runyon scored on a Brent Epps ground out in the first. After Virginia tied it in the second, Epps went big fly for a mammoth home run to center. They would add another and lead 3-1 after two-and-a-half.lsdf

Up 3-2 in the fifth, Northern jumped up for three more runs. Colton Joyner, Tyler Watkins, Jagger Smith and Zach Garcia all had hits on the way to three runs and a 6-2 lead.

Northern would add their final run in the sixth on a Ashe home run.

Epps got the start on the mound and went four innings, striking out eight and walking three. Smith was the only player with multiple hits, going 2-for-3.

 

Jonathan Huskey

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