CRANSTON, R.I. —Kyle Corley was controversially called out trying to score on a wild pitch for the final out of the game as the Federal 9-10 All-Stars fell to Delaware 1-0 on Sunday at the Eastern Regional 9-10 Tournament.
Playing its first of four games in the Mid-Atlantic pool, Federal thought it had the tying run in the sixth.
With two outs, Ben Caldwell doubled down the left-field line for Federal’s first hit since the third inning. Kyle Corley entered as a pinch runner and stole third. Delaware chose to intentionally walk Ian Selby, but the last pitch sailed high over the catcher.
Corley broke for home as the catcher retrieved the ball and threw to the pitcher covering the plate. Corley was called out on the close play.
“The pitch got away and he broke toward home, which he was told to do. By all other eyes, he got in under the tag,” Federal manager Tim Kolb said. “It was a very close play. The district people in the press box came down and pretty much apologized for the call.
“It was just a bang-bang play and it went their way. We’ve just got to go on to the next game.”
Federal had chances in each of the first three innings to score but failed to get the key hits needed.
In the first, Brayden Quirple drew a two-out walk and Caldwell and Selby singled, but Quirple was tagged out running the bases to end the inning.
In the second, Dylan Watson’s singled was negated by a double play.
In the third, Braden Kolb singled with two outs and Quirple doubled to the fence to put runners on second and third, but Caldwell struck out.
“We had some runners in scoring position. The boys haven’t hit for two days, and I think that was big for them because they haven’t had two days off since the start of the season, so to come out in a pressure situation and expect them to hit is tough,” Tim Kolb said. “Now that we’ve got our feet under us and we can practice tomorrow, we’ll get back into that every-day routine and I think we’ll bounce back. The bats have carried us this far and I think they’ll carry us the rest of the way.”
Delaware scored the game’s only run in the bottom of the third on a hit batter and two two-out singles.
Toddie Stocks started for Federal and pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing the run on five hits and a hit batter while striking out seven. He was relieved after 65 pitches to save him for Thursday.
“The job he did was unbelievable, hitting his spots and throwing offspeed when we needed him to,” Tim Kolb said. “Today was his best pitching performance through districts and states to here.”
Quirple allowed a hit, a walk and a hit batter while striking out one in 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
“Brayden did a great job giving me two good innings,” Tim Kolb said. “Pitching-wise, it was an unbelievable job today.”
Federal has a day off Monday. Its final three Mid-Atlantic pool-play games come against New Jersey at 11 a.m. Tuesday, New York at 2 p.m. Wednesday and Pennsylvania at 5 p.m. Thursday. The top two teams in the Mid-Atlantic pool will play for Mid-Atlantic title, with the winner playing the New England champion for the Eastern Regional title.