The Parkway West Longhorns finished second in the Suburban Showdown, a tournament featuring many of the area’s top teams.
Holt scored a 6-5 win over Parkway West in the championship game played at Chesterfield Athletic Association.
Longhorns coach Jeff Chazen said he was happy with how his squad performed in the event.
“We played some great teams and seemed to step up to each and every challenge. We just ran out of gas at the end,” Chazen said.
Parkway West opened tourney play with a 6-2 win over powerful Parkway North. The Longhorns followed with a 6-3 win over Lindbergh and a 7-6 win over Ritenour. Parkway West then topped Parkway South 4-3 to earn a berth in the title game.
“The wins over North and South, I think, proved to our team that we can take on anyone in the area and be competitive,” Chazen said. “We still have many challenging games ahead in the schedule. We know now we should compete in each and every one of them.
“The wins also pulled this team together. Many people do not think that team chemistry is all that important to success. All I can tell you is that this team plays well together, they have fun together and are one of the closest teams I have ever coached.”
In the championship game, Parkway West led 5-3 going into the bottom of the seventh. However, the Longhorns could not hold the lead against undefeated Holt.
The Longhorns snapped the 3-3 tie in the top of the seventh. Senior Ellie Ottensmeyer hit a two-run single to give Parkway West the two-run advantage.
But Holt chipped away and Parkway West junior pitcher Grace Gwin took the loss. A bunt single, a double and another single accounted for a run. Then Meredith Adams hit a two-run game-winning single for Holt.
“I would have liked a different outcome in the seventh inning against Holt, but we were in the position we wanted to be in,” Chazen said. “All you can ask for is to be ahead in the seventh inning with a chance to win.”
The game provided the Longhorns with a teachable moment that may help them later in the season.
“It was a great learning experience and one we will draw on in future games,” Chazen said.
“Hats off to Holt, they found a way to win. They put together a series of quality at bats, and we were not able to close out the inning.”