Two comebacks came up short and the Coupeville Babe Ruth baseball team lost 12-8 to Montana champion Miles City Friday, July 27, in the 15U regional tournament in Portland.
Coupeville, which placed second in the North Washington tournament, finished the season with a 17-6 record after going 0-4 it is pool at the regional tournament.
In addition to the loss to Miles City at the regional playoffs, the Wolves fell to big city boys from Calgary and Portland and to an all-star team from Southwest Washington.
The Southwest Washington team won the tournament and advances to the Babe Ruth World Series in Longview.
After Coupeville scored two runs in the top of the first inning against Miles City, Miles City responded by scoring eight in its half.
That forced the Wolves to play catchup and they couldn’t quite scratch all the way back.
Coupeville trimmed the deficit to three, 8-5, after three innings, then Mile City tacked on four more runs.
The Wolves rallied for three in the final inning but it wasn’t enough to end the season on a winning note.
Coupeville scored twice in the first inning when Scott Hilborn singled and Andrew Score walked and came around to score on a single by Gavin Knoblich and a sacrifice fly by Cody Roberts.
In the bottom of the first, the first eight Montana batters reached base and eventually scored.
A double by Sage Sharp resulted in a Coupeville run in the second and four hits led to two runs in the third, making it 8-5.
Mile City scored two runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings to extend it lead to 12-5.
In the seventh, singles by Score, Roberts, Ashton Leland and Hawthorne Wolfe plated three runs for the Wolves.
Wolfe finished the day with two hits and three RBI.
Score had two singles, two walks and two runs.
Knoblich, Roberts and Leland all collected two hits, while Sharp, Hilborn and Johnny Carlson recorded one each.
In all, Coupeville out-hit Miles City 13-11 but committed six errors to one for the winners.