Concord, N.H., delivered a perfect performance. Pitcher Jonah Wachter, the one who threw 5 2/3 innings of a combined no-hitter on Thursday, didn’t allow a hit until the seventh inning on Sunday morning at David Story Field.
He retired 36 batters before allowing a hit during this Babe Ruth 13-15 World Series. He had plenty of help behind him, including a highlight-reel catch from Kastle. The left fielder went full extension to make a diving snag on a hard liner by Tallahassee’s Argene Lynn that would have scored the game’s first run. At the time, it kept Concord’s second no-hit bid of the tourney alive.
So you have to feel a little sorry for the New Hampshire boys after hearing Sunday’s final score: Tallahassee 3, Concord 0.
Hats off to Tallahassee. For the second time this tournament they faced a team who played perfect. On Friday, it ended in a 3-2 loss to Mifflin County, Pa. They twice threatened late in that one.
This time around they capitalized. After finally tagging Wachter, who was removed for pitch count restrictions after 6 2/3 innings, Tallahassee scored three runs in the frame, the most notable coming when Lynn stole home.
The speedy player, who has made a case for being the best player in the tournament, got a good jump down the third-base line and was sliding in safely just as the catcher received the ball.
These Floridians aren’t a team that goes away easily. You have to play your best and even then, you’ll probably need a bit of luck to beat them. Will Brown also took a no-hit bid into the fifth inning for Tallahassee as the pitcher’s duel gave fans some intrigue early Sunday.
Concord now is in a precarious position to make it to bracket play. At 1-2, it still feels like Concord has been one of the better teams in this tournament — an 11-3 drubbing at the hands of Kelso the lone bad outing. They face Mifflin County, Pa., on Monday with their tourney lives potentially at stake.
If they don't make bracket play, it will be a tough pill to swallow for Concord, who have been jovial through the ups and downs of the past few days. Even Wachter lit up with a bright smile when he was lifted in the seventh inning Sunday despite being down 2-0.
This is the way baseball is sometimes. Even your best days sometimes aren’t quite good enough.