FARGO, N.D. – The Summerside Chrysler Dodge Eagles simply ran out of gas.
A tired Eagles’ team, which was playing their seventh game in three days, dropped an 11-0 decision to the Portland Brewers from Oregon in Friday afternoon’s championship game of the AA Division at the North American Fastpitch Association world championship tournament. The Eagles completed play in the AA Division with a very respectable record of 4-3 (won-lost).
The Eagles were right back on the field later Friday playing in the A Division. They lost 11-2 to the Lacey’s A’s from Washington. The Eagles are back in action on Saturday morning against an opponent that will not be determined until late Friday night.
Two Eagles – pitcher Mitch Hardy and left-fielder Morgan Murphy – were recognized for their strong play by being named to the tournament’s All-World Team.
Earlier Friday, the Eagles advanced to the final by edging the Rice Lake Orangemen from Wisconsin 6-5. The Eagles, who dropped a 4-0 decision to the Orangemen on Thursday, opened up a 6-2 lead in the top of the seventh inning, and then held on for the one-run victory.
The Eagles also won two elimination games on Thursday night.
The Eagles rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Watson’s Selects from Kansas City 5-2, and then defeated the Elanco Blackhawks by an identical score in a game that did not finish until after midnight Atlantic Time.
Against the Selects, Matthew Dawson (2-2, walk, run scored) and Mike MacIsaac (2-4, run scored) led the Eagles offensively. David Brewer (1-3) drove in two runs wile Jason Smallman (1-3, run scored) plated a single run.
The Selects scored twice in the top of the third inning to take a 2-0 lead, but the Eagles answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the game, and then pushed three runs across home plate in the fifth.
Mitch Hardy pitched a complete game for the Eagles, allowing five hits, two earned runs, three walks and striking out 15.