With LaSarge not a particularly fast runner, Parker had plenty of time to throw him out. But Parker’s throw to first bounced in the dirt in front of the bag, allowing LaSarge to reach safely on the errant throw, the inning to continue and eventually four more runs to score.
“It’s very difficult to give up the lead like we did, and have such a poor top of the seventh inning, and then come back in and not be down,” James said.
“This helps, that they actually can come back and win one and see that it’s not just ‘coach talk,’ that it can be done. They’re going to gain confidence from it.”
With the win, Hartshorne improved to 14-4. Oktaha fell to 10-4.
Proceeds from the tournament went to Autism Speaks, an autism science and advocacy organization with offices in New York City, Los Angeles and Philadelphia.
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