While the Railroaders could do little to muster runs, they had a prime opportunity to tie the game and maybe even take the lead with their last at-bats.
Heading into the top of the seventh frame, Sparks trailed 4-1. After pushing a run home to bring its deficit to 4-2, the Maroon and Gold loaded the bases with two outs. Senior L.B Rose then stepped to the dish with the tying run standing on second but watched a third strike end the Railroaders' season.
"Offensively we got some base runners, but we just didn't get them in," Sparks coach Greg Vasko said. "We had our best hitter up with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh and he got called out looking at a pitch."
Despite being knocked out of the playoffs, Vasko remained proud of his team.
"The kids were outstanding to be around," Vasko said. "It's tough. Some of them have been playing since they were little and that might have been the last baseball game of their career. I wanted it more for them to go to state than anything else. It's sad to see all the time and effort that they put in to the season come to a close. In terms of where I thought we would be though, heading into the season I was hoping that we would just be .500 and we ended up going to the playoffs. I'm happy with that. They battled the whole way. They have nothing to be ashamed about."
Sparks will now try to replace nine seniors going into next season with just four returners.