The Trail Major All Stars took one on the chin Monday at the B.C. Little League championships hosted by South Vancouver.
After splitting its first two games, the All Stars fell 15-5 to Little Mountain on Monday afternoon.
Little Mountain took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first but Trail answered with four in the top of the third behind Kai Birks’ grand slam to go ahead.
Little Mountain came right back in its half of the inning with five runs and carried a 7-5 lead into the bottom of the fifth before exploding for eight runs and bringing a quick end to a 15-5 victory.
Although the team didn’t commit any errors in the fateful fifth, it did give up seven hits and Little Mountain sent 10 players to the plate.
The All Stars opened with a thrilling 6-4 win over Lynn Valley on Saturday.
It took three runs in the top of the sixth and escaping a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the sixth to secure the team’s opening win.
Trail was down 4-0 after three innings but started its comeback in the top of the fourth with Will Doerksen and Ronan Gray scoring to get the team on the board.
In the top of the fifth, Trail cut the deficit to one run when Luc Miracle scored as Trail pounded out three hits in the inning.
That set the stage for the top of the sixth as Trail sent eight batters to the plate and scored three times – Brad Traverse, Darrin Issel and Miracle – on four hits highlighted by back-to-back doubles from Issel and Miracle.
Birks came on to close out the game with Trail holding a 6-4 lead.
But Lynn Valley didn’t go down quietly as three consecutive singles loaded the bases with one out.
But Birks fanned the next batter and fielded the ball to toss to first for the final out and seal the win.
Marshall DeBruyn and Miracle each went 2-for-4 at the plate.
Trail went looking for its second win on Sunday afternoon against Beacon Hill.
However, it would be the locals’ turn to watch a team rally.
Trail held a 3-1 lead after three innings but Beacon Hill began to chip away with a run in the fourth, two in the fifth and a four-run outburst in the top of the sixth.
Doerksen had another solid game at the plate going 3-for-3 while Isaac Knight scored a pair of runs.
Trail plays New Westminster today and the host South Vancouver on Wednesday. The team gets a day off on Thursday before wrapping up teh round robin on Friday against White Rock.
The top four teams advance to the playoff round.