American Little League 11-12 All-Stars manager Moe Price put it best: "The game depends on fundamentals."
Unfortunately, on Friday, his defense proved him right, making two costly errors in the sixth inning to allow the game-winning runs in a 5-2 first-round loss to Halfway in the District 1 Tournament.
Trailing 2-1, American pitcher Tyrell McKoy started the sixth by giving up singles to Brett Barr and Blake Miller. The damage was done when the next two batters, Cody Hadley and Ethan Coblentz, reached on potential double-play ground balls misfielded by shortstop Derek Black allowed Halfway the opportunity to tack on three runs and make the score 5-1.
"We had some loose gloves out there," said Price. "But I think we can fix it and battle back through the losers' bracket."