After rolling through the state and regional tournaments, the Southern Nevada Blue Sox’s quest for a national baseball title hit a speed bump Thursday.
The Blue Sox fell 9-1 to Creighton Prep (Nebraska) in the opening round of the American Legion World Series in Shelby, North Carolina. The first round is pool play, with the winners and runners-up of each pool advancing.
“We got out-pitched, out-hit, out-defensed, they out it on us pretty good,” Blue Sox coach Scott Baker said. “I wouldn’t even say it was one of our worst games. It was more of them. They played really well.”
The Blue Sox surrendered two runs in the first inning and could not get the bats going in time. They went down 9-0 before Jack Wold doubled in Ryne Nelson with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Wold finished the day 2-for-4, half of the team’s hits.
The nine runs allowed were the most by the Blue Sox since July 16 against Aliso Niguel (California). That was also the last time they lost after going 17-0 in-state during the summer, and went undefeated during the state and region tournaments. They are 54-8 overall this summer.
The Blue Sox will play Shrewsbury (Massachusetts) at 4:30 p.m. They are off Saturday, then play Midland (Michigan) at 9 a.m. Sunday on ESPNU.
“I really like our chances the deeper we get into this thing because I think our pitching matches up better depth-wise,” Baker said. “We have some really good arms going Game 2 and Game 3.”