FARMINGTON — The 4-C ClubSox, the host team for the Connie Mack World Series, were eliminated from the series with a 9-5 loss to D-BAT Elite tonight at Ricketts Park.
The loss was a disappointing end to what had been a strong summer for the ClubSox.
"I'm disappointed that we didn't come and represent the way we wanted to," 4-C coach Mike McGaha said. "Winning and losing, somebody has got to lose. I just feel like we didn't represent us very well, much less fought for the community. But I do like the effort to finish the game."
D-BAT did the bulk of its damage in the early innings, jumping out to a 3-0 lead after three first-inning walks from 4-C starter Cade Acrey.
Acrey settled down after the first-inning struggles and retired D-BAT in order in the second inning.
The ClubSox rode the momentum from the top of the inning into the bottom of the frame with Devin Ferrari coming in to score on an Elijah Gamboa single to right field.
But 4-C's pitching woes returned in the third with D-BAT teeing off for five runs on six hits in the inning.
McGaha said he wasn't sure what the issue with the ClubSox was in the first few innings, other than that poor performance was not typical of his club.
"It wasn't us. It wasn't even us representing us," McGaha said. "That wasn't us — nervous, tight, sloppy, slow. That's not us."
The ClubSox got their offense going, with some help from D-BAT, in the fourth inning. D-BAT pitcher Collin Storms hit two batters in a row to put two on with one out. Brandon Gardenhire singled down the third-base line to drive in one run, then Deylan Pigford drove in another with a grounder.
Later in the inning, a wild pitch allowed Gardenhire to score from third to make it a 9-4 game.
"We probably lost our focus a little bit. We're kind of known for that. I think we got a little lackadaisical " D-BAT coach Brandon Gowins said of his team's late-inning struggles. "I think they got a little caught up liking themselves a little bit too much."
4-C added one more run in the fifth with an RBI from Ferrari.
Tyler Ruetschle came in and shut D-BAT's bats down the last few innings, but the deficit was too big for the ClubSox to overcome.
D-BAT will play the Southern California Renegades in an elimination game Thursday at noon at Ricketts Park.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.