YORK -- The York Dixie Majors All-Star team, known for its come-from-behind heroics, provided more late-inning drama before bowing to Clover 6-5 in a district tournament elimination game at Clover Community Park.
With the score knotted at 5-all in the seventh inning of a scheduled six-inning game, the Clover All-Stars prevailed on a bases loaded walk.
Gage Rushing brought the York crowd to its feet with a two-run single in the top of the seventh, giving York a 5-3 lead.
Rushing, who hadn't started in previous tournament games, found himself occupying center-field for the showdown with rival Clover.
"I talked to Gage before the game about more playing time and he was excited," noted York head coach Mike Carroll. "He showed why he is an All-Star."
Rushing drove home teammates Brendan Christopher and Hunter Horne, who had hit safely before him.
York defeated Lockhart 7-2 to open tournament play.
Next came a 9-4 loss to eventual champion Chester in which the Chester All-Stars built a 6-0 first-inning lead and held on down the stretch as York closed the gap.
The York contingent advanced to the district tournament with two come-from-behind efforts against Union the previous week at the York Recreation Complex.
"Our kids did a good job, winning the subdistrict and playing well in the district tournament," Carroll said. "You can only come from behind so many times. I am proud of them."
Said Carroll of the team's gut-wrenching loss to Clover, "It was a tough loss but kids get over it. I'm sure they're back to eating ice cream and swimming."
Carroll issued a special thank you to local fans for enthusiastic support throughout tournament play in York and Clover.
He praised York coaches Eddie Brakefield and Matt Moss, stating, "They are top notch."