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.
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"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."