By Tyler Ohmann
A rare appeal to home plate ended the Little Falls VFW baseball season, Tuesday.
The Flyers were trailing 7-4 in the bottom of the seventh with two outs in the third game of a best-of-three series, when it appeared they scored their fifth run on a Nik Durfee RBI single.
However, after the play, Sauk Rapids stepped off, appealed to home, and the runner was called out for missing home plate, ending Little Falls’ season.
“That was one of the most surreal endings to a game (and season) I have ever had,” said Little Falls VFW head coach Chad Kaddatz said. “I still have not wrapped my head around it. It was just so bizarre.”
Little Falls led early on, going up 1-0 and 3-1. However, Sauk Rapids took the lead fifth, and pushed it to 7-3 after the top of the seventh.
Little Falls’ Caleb Strack went the distance on the mound, allowing just three hits.
The Flyers had lost the first game of the series against Sauk Rapids, 2-1, Monday.
The game was scoreless until the sixth when Sauk Rapids scored to go ahead. An Arik Schwanke ground out for Little Falls scored Durfee to tie it up.
However, a sac fly with the bases loaded won the game for Sauk Rapids.
Little Falls bounced back with a 7-6 victory in eight innings, in the second game, Monday.
The game went back and forth until it was eventually tied at six and went to an eighth inning.
In the extra frame, Thomas Kunkel walked, stole second, advanced on a passed ball and scored on an Alex Gwost single for the game-winner.
Travis Wenzel and Strack each had two hits in the win.