NANUET, N.Y. After a heartbreaking 4-3 loss Wednesday, Harrison Little League Softball coach Bobby Day knelt down in front of the girls, told them he was proud of them and put the blame for the loss squarely on himself.
The 9/10 softball team gathered on a small hill behind Heroes Field at Lake Nanuet Park after falling in the losers bracket final of the sectional tournament to Wappingers Falls.
The game was tied at three in the bottom of the sixth inning, and Wappingers Falls put a runner on third base. Days daughter, Tamara, was on the mound. Day instructed her to intentionally walk the batter. But the pitch got past the catcher, and the runner from third scored to end Harrisons tournament run.
Thats their best hitter, the girl who was at the plate, Bobby Day said. My mistake. I went for an intentional walk. We never worked on it. I should have let my daughter pitch to her.
Harrison had a chance to score with a runner on third base in the top of the sixth inning but failed to do so. The team won the New York District 20 Little League tournament and was just one game from the sectional championship game.
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