The Ukiah 13-15 team’s dreams of making it to the Babe Ruth World Series came to an end Wednesday as it fell to Mountain View, 9-7, in eight innings.
The loss was Ukiah’s second in the double-elimination Southwestern Regional. The hosts began the tournament with a 17-1 win on Monday before losing games the next two days.
Mountain View scored three two-out runs in the eighth. The uprising began when pitcher Mike Contreras hit a batter. Ukiah had a chance to get out of the inning unscathed, but a close play at first base went against the home team.
Ukiah came back with one in the bottom of the eighth before the side was retired. Ukiah had an excellent chance to win the game in the seventh, with runners on second and third and one out, but the inning ended with a strikeout and pop-up to third.
Mountain View failed to score in the first but then scored at least one run in each of the next five innings. The visitors led 6-2 before Ukiah rallied to tie the score in the sixth.
Ukiah wound up with 10 hits. Leading the attack with two hits apiece were Beau Barrington, Karter Koch and Preston Mello.
The Ukiah Babe Ruth All-Star squad is the reigning Northern California champion and is the first team in the town’s history to win a state title.