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  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSpecial to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSpecial to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
  • JRC-MorningSunSkip Traynor - Special to the Sun Beal City is the MHSAA Division 4 Baseball runner-up after their loss to New Lothrup in the championship game at Michigan State University Kobs Field Saturday, June 14, 2014.
EAST LANSING – The score from Saturday’s Division 4 state championship tilt between Beal City and New Lothrop may not truly tell the whole story. Despite being shut out 5-0 by New Lothrop, Beal City had its chances throughout but was hampered by errors, miscues and just plain old bad luck.

“We had been talking since last week about playing relaxed and we didn’t do that today,” said Beal City head coach Brad Antcliff. “After beating Muskegon Catholic Central, we were supposed to be the team to win the state championship, but it doesn’t always happen that way.”

The Aggies committed three errors on Saturday that either led directly to New Lothrop runs or prolonged innings. But despite the errors, Beal City showed life at the plate with four extra base hits, including three doubles. The Aggies had their chances early, leading off both the second and third innings with doubles from Kevin Bleise and Farrell, respectively, but failed to get either runner to third.

“One thing that we’ve done all year, and I don’t think we did today, is that we hit the pitch that we were looking to hit,” Antcliff said. “We had runners at second and third with one out in the sixth and we popped up twice. We’ve throughout the year preached to get a pitch that you can hit and don’t hit their pitch. I think today we just wanted to score so badly, and you’ve also got to keep in mind that we’re talking about 16-and 17-year-old kids out there. Everyone in the stadium wanted us to score, except New Lothrop. The kids put pressure on themselves today, but I’m proud of my team. We’ve gotten to back-to-back state finals, but I wish we could have gotten a state title today.”

The Aggies stranded nine runners Saturday, including a pair at second and third with one out in the bottom of the sixth that could have sparked a rally and possibly chased New Lothrop starter Grant Steinborn.

“We just couldn’t get a key hit today. We had runners on left and right, but we just couldn’t get that big hit today. It was like the baseball gods weren’t with us today,” Antcliff said. “We had a bunch of hits that were hit directly at them and we just didn’t play our best baseball today and that was obviously reflected in the score.

“Baseball is a funny game. We played well today, but not great, and you’ve got to play great when you come down here. You can’t walk or hit people and when you’ve got the opportunity to score, you have to score. New Lothrop scored when they had the opportunities to and we didn’t.”

Last Updated: 6/14/2014 6:19:43 PM EST

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