The Lebanon Tigers baseball team had more chances to score than New Palestine Saturday afternoon in the regional semifinal.
But while the Tigers didn't capitalize on their chances, going just 3-for-12 with two RBIs with runners in scoring position, the Dragons did and held on to top Lebanon 6-4.
"That was the difference in the game," Lebanon head coach Rick Cosgray said. "We had a couple of chances early in the game to score more runs, and in two innings we took three called third strikes which is something we haven't done this year with runners in scoring position. Nevertheless, our kids continued to battle and we had a chance."
Lebanon left 11 runners on base in the game, including five in scoring position.
They left two base runners five times in the game, including in each of the first three innings.
"In two strike counts if the pitch is close you have to be ready to swing," Cosgray said. "I thought we got frozen a couple of times. Unfortunately it is part of the game, but in a big game like this you want to make sure you are using the bat when you have the opportunity to do so."
New Palestine took a 1-0 lead with a 2-out, RBI-single by Steve Clark. In the bottom half of the inning, Lebanon got a lead-off double by Brantley Fortner, but Coty Edwards lined into a double play.
Isaac Harker and Caleb Myers drew back-to-back two outs walks, but a fly out ended the inning.
The Dragons went back to work in the top of the second, scoring two unearned runs to take a 3-0 lead.
In the bottom half of the inning, Lebanon loaded the bases with no outs, getting singles from Nathan Kincaid and Colton Ranney around Nick Starkey reaching on an error.
But the Tigers managed just one run on a ground out by Fortner and left two runners on.
Lebanon was able to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth.
For more of this story, read Tuesday's Lebanon Reporter.