Missed opportunities cost the Brunswick Orioles another chance at an NABF World Series championship on Sunday.
The Berea (Ohio) Blue Sox cashed in on the Orioles’ misfortunes, going on to a 10-6 win in the championship game of the NABF’s Charles Blackburn Division World Series at Battle Creek, Michigan.
The Orioles were hoping to win their first NABF World Series crown in 15 years on Sunday. Instead, Brunswick came away disappointed for the second straight year.
The Orioles lost to the Lombard (Illinois) Orioles in last year’s championship game.
“We staked them to six runs early in the game and couldn’t completely recover,” Brunswick manager Rusty Potts said of Sunday’s loss to the Blue Sox. “We left a ton of runners on base, we had errors. We had plenty of opportunities. We just couldn’t cash in on them.”
The Orioles had led 1-0 early in the game before Berea went on its six-run scoring tear.
“We battled and battled, but we just couldn’t get back in the game,” Potts said. “We hung in there, but it just wasn’t enough.”
Three Brunswick players were named to the all-tournament team. Matt Jeffery was named to an infield position, Josh McCauley was named a pitcher and Justin Smith was named a designated hitter.