The McKinleyville 12-year-old All-Stars went down fighting on Tuesday night, losing another thriller at the NorCal State tournament in Rocklin.
Playing extra-innings for the second time in just three tournament games, the Mack All-Stars fell 7-6 to San Mateo to end another fantastic season for this group of players.
As 10-year-olds they placed second in state, and as 12s they made it to the final four.
In what was another back-and-forth game, Mack took an early three-run lead, but San Mateo came storming back with four unanswered runs to lead going into the sixth and final inning of regulation.
With their backs to the wall and their season on the line, however, the Mack All-Stars answered themselves in the top half of the inning, when Bode Reininger scored on a Tate Saso fielder’s choice to tie the game.
Reininger had a huge night once again and has been on fire the past two games after missing most of the tournament opener through sickness.
He finished 3-for-4 with a run and three RBIs, including hitting two doubles.
In addition to scoring the late tying run, he hit a two-out, two-RBI double in the seventh to give his team a 6-4 lead.
Unfortunately for Mack, it wasn’t enough against the impressive San Mateo bats, which answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning for the walk-off victory.
Joe Tanno also had a big game for Mack, finishing with a base hit and two walks and scoring three runs.
Hunter Carper had an RBI double in the third to make it 2-0, while Lucas Jones and Rhythm Green rounded out a seven-hit team performance with a base hit each.
Jones also came up with a couple of big plays on defense, as did Bowdy Hicks, Ethan Gordon and Lincoln Hungerford.
Rhythm Green got the start on the mound and pitched well for five innings.
Reininger pitched the final two innings and also threw well.