The Massapequa International Little League rallied from an 8-4 deficit with five runs in the sixth inning to take a lead yesterday, but couldn't hold off Bedford (Ind.) in an 11-9 loss at the Junior League World Series in Taylor, Michigan.
The team, which fell to 0-4 in pool play and was eliminated from the tournament, will play a fifth-place consolation game this morning against a team from Canada.
"This is the story of our lives with this team," coach Joe Pinto said. "We never stop battling until the last out is recorded. We were down in a lot of games this year, but we kept fighting. That's what makes us a really nice team. They know the game is 21 outs and we're going to give it our all for those 21 outs."
Massapequa scored five runs in the sixth and took a 9-8 lead after singles by Matt Pinto, Cole Masterson, and Andrew Ditzel. Ditzel's RBI hit put Massapequa ahead, according to Pinto.
Vinny Tossone started for Massapequa, lasting into the fourth inning. "He threw a lot of pitches," Pinto said. "When we took him out he was up to about 60 pitches."
Massapequa is the first 13-14 team to make it to the World Series in the league's 57 years, according to Pinto.