A Trail baserunner slides safely into home against Beacon Hill in Thursday night action at the Little League B.C. Championships in Victoria. The host team won 7-4, after Trail went ahead 3-2 in the fifth inning. Trail finished with a 1-5 record at the tournament. Don Descoteau/Black Press

Trail All stars falter down the stretch: White Rock wins Little League championship

Trail missed their chance at the BCLL playoffs following a 9-6 setback to Beacon Hill Thursday.

The Trail All Stars won its final game against Layritz but it was too little, too late as the team missed the playoff at the BC Little League Major Championship on Friday.

Trail crushed the Sooke baseball team 11-0 Friday, but a 9-6 loss to host Beacon Hill sealed the Trail team’s fate on Thursday.

Undefeated White Rock went on to capture the BC title with an 11-0 drubbing of New Westminster on Sunday, after beating Beacon Hill in the semi-final 5-1.

Trail had a tough schedule opening the tournament, when they faced favourite White Rock. The team came close but couldn’t close out games against Highlands, 9-8, and New Westminster, 2-1, two teams that ended up in the semi-final.

A win against Beacon Hill would have given Trail a chance to make the playoffs, and the All Stars led 3-2 heading into the fifth inning. However, Trail gave up five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, to fall behind 7-3, and could only muster one more in the sixth.

Against Layritz on Friday, Trail’s Koa Wintraub pitched the shutout, giving up just two hits and striking out seven, while going the distance in the 11-0 victory. Connor Stainer went 2-for-3 with a triple and three runs batted in as the All Stars struck for eight runs in the fifth to blow open a 3-0 lead. Trail’s Nathan Dann was 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and three RBIs.

Trail finished the tournament at 1-and-5, while White Rock was a perfect 8-0 and will play in the Canadian Little League Baseball Championship in Medicine Hat.

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