Three errors and an iffy call at home plate proved too much for the Cannon Falls Bears to overcome Saturday, as they lost to Nisswa 4-3 in the first round of the state amateur baseball tournament.
The Bears trailed 4-1 in the 8th when they started showing signs of life. Taylor Pagel drove a bases-loaded ball for a double, scoring Nate Otto and Brandon Voth. Rich Burr slid into home with what appeared to be the tying run, but the umpire called Burr out. Despite the Bears' best efforts to sway the umpire, he stuck to his call and the inning was over.
"The call at home was unfortunate and is tough to think about, but with five errors we have only ourselves to blame," Pagel said. "We didn't play our best game, and that's what you have to do at state. We made small errors, both mental and physical, and Nisswa didn't make those errors."
Meyers went eight innings, striking out eight. Two of Nisswa's runs were unearned.
Otto went 3-4, Pagel 2-3, Burr 2-4, Meyers 2-4, Voth 1-4 and Ryan Brintnall 1-4. Pagel had two doubles.
"It wasn't the way we wanted to end the season, with errors on the board and a loss to go with it, but it was a fun season and we played our best all year," Pagel said. "In the end, that's all you can ask for."