CHATHAM, NJ - It was an anticlimactic finish for the Chatham baseball team in its extra-inning battle with Mountain Lakes when the game suspended in the 11th inning on Wednesday was completed.
Mountain Lakes promptly scored twice in the top of the 11th inning when play resumed on Thursday and, 23 minutes later, the Lakers were the 6-4 victors in a game that knocked Chatham from the Morris County Tournament.
The top of the Mountain Lakes order came up to bat when play resumed on Thursday afternoon and T.J. Lesko greeted Chatham pitcher Thomas Lamar with a hard-hit grounder that hugged the first base line and skipped by away from the right fielder.
Lesko wound up on third base and scored the go-ahead run on a one-out single by Matt Shuet. Brian Luzzi singled across the second run for the Lakers. Shuet saved the game for Mountain Lakes by retiring Chatham in the bottom of the 11th, allowing only a walk to Ryan Drum.
"Three-and-five isn't what we're looking for with our program," Chatham coach Todd Leathers said. "We're past that, so it's time to make some changes.
"It had nothing to do with us being flat. The game of baseball comes down to whether you do or you don't. They did and we didn't. At some point, you have to figure out a way to get the job done and we didn't do that."
After the game, Chatham was left to reflect on the missed opportunities from the 10 innings it played Wednesday, leaving 15 men on base and leaving the bases loaded twice.