The moment was so devastating for the Highland Huskies baseball squad.
The Huskies, who were attempting to reach the Class 1A District 8 finals, had scored two runs in the sixth inning to pull within 7-3 of New London in the tournament game played July 14 in New London.
The offense was alive.
Then, just like that, it ended. A double play, complete with a controversial out call at first base, ended the rally.
Emotions spilled over. Words of disagreement flowed from Highland head coach Seth Milledge. Within seconds, he was ejected from the game by the umpire who made the call at first.
Not long after that, New London finished out a 9-3 victory and Milledge, standing out by the Highland team bus, hugged a tearful Bill Laughlin, a senior who hit a double and struck out four batters in his final high school game.
“I’m very proud of our guys,” Milledge said. “They’ve been a very good group to work with the last four years.”
Mason McFarland, another senior, had two hits for the Huskies.
Trevor McFarland, a sophomore, also had two hits, including a home run.
The Huskies ended their season with an 8-7 record. They had defeated Lisbon in the District 8 quarterfinals.
After Highland tied the score 1-1 in the second inning, New London’s offense went to work.
The Tigers scored two runs in the second inning and three in the third to take a 6-1 lead.
After the double play halted Highland’s two-run rally in the sixth, New London scored two runs in the bottom half of the sixth to put the game away.
New London’s Shae Summerfield had two hits, including a solo home run.
Highland pitcher Cael Yeggy, a senior, struck out seven in four innings.