The Rapid City Americans dropped their first game of the Junior Little League Central Regional Baseball Tournament, falling 9-8 to the host team, Georgetown Little League on Sunday in Fort Wayne, Ind.
It was a tough loss for the Americans, to say the least. Rapid City led by as much as five runs midway through the game, saw Georgetown tie it in the fifth and seventh innings, before winning in the bottom of the eighth.
Rapid City finished with 12 hits, led by Henry London with two hits and two RBI and Kohl Meisman with two hits and one run batted in. Sumner Griffin and Derrik Luke both added two RBI games, while Marcus Jenkins knocked in one run.
The Americans took a 7-2 lead with five runs in the fourth. Griffin got things started with a two-run single, followed by RBI groundouts by Luke and Jenkins and a run-scoring single by Meisman.
Rapid City took an 8-7 lead in the top of the seventh when Luke walked with the bases loaded. After Georgetown tied the game again at 8-8, the Americans missed out on a chance for another run in the top of the eighth when Meisman was thrown out at the plate as he tried to score from second on a single by London.
The Fort Wayne team then got a RBI single in the bottom of the inning to get the win.
Pitching for the Americans were Drew Scherbenske, Wyatt Anderson, Jenkins, Connor Knudsen and Meismen.
Rapid City will close pool play today against Urbandale, Iowa, at 3 p.m. MT.