It was a wrenching moment for the Canyon Lake All-Stars at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.
Trailing 7-5 to Lynnwood, Wash., The South Dakotans were down to their final chance in the bottom of the sixth.
Base hits by Bridger Nesbit and Matthew Hegre (Hegre's coming with the All-Stars down to their last strike) put two aboard, and Dylan Richey's single looked like a sure RBI to make it a one-run game.
But Nesbit stumbled rounding for home. He was able to right himself, avoid a tag and touch home plate, but was ruled out for running out of the base paths.
Coach Rich Hegre argued that Nesbit was out of the base path because of the trip, caused when Nesbit's cleats caught on the turf near the third-base coach's box.
All to no avail. The call stood, ending the game.
A tough call, but the right one. Nesbit did veer away from the Washington catcher in trying to get to the plate.
Rapid City had their chances to win, with a three-run homer from Matthew Hegre and a 2-RBI double from Daniel Vigeron giving the South Dakotans separate leads in the game.
The All-Stars bid for LLWS contention is gone, but they'll have one more chance for a win in a 9 a.m. consolation game against Brno, Czech Republic.