The Shippensburg Stars battled the team with the most wins in the West Shore Twilight Baseball League into extra innings before unraveling in the 10th inning Friday during a 6-1 loss to the Hagerstown Braves at Memorial Park.
The Braves ended the 1-1 stalemate with five straight hits to begin the top half of the tenth inning in support of starting pitcher Casey Elbin, who fired a 10-inning complete game victory.
Elbin (10 IP, 1 R, 9 K) outlasted a strong effort from Stars starter Bradley Summers, who surrendered just one run on five hits and struck out five over seven frames.
Hagerstown never trailed in the contest. A lead off walk issued to Shinjin Shoop came around to score on an RBI single from Bryant Shives to give the Braves a second inning lead.
The inning could have been much worse, however, as Stars centerfielder Jonathan Melendez ventured deep into the alley in left center field to rob Tristan Baker of extra bases with a pair of runners on base for the final out.
Shippensburg finally got to Elbin in the bottom of the fifth. Pinch hitter Collin Schrim led off the frame with a gapper to right center, and Josh Edgin legged out a two-out infield hit to drive in the tying run.
Hagerstown threatened to take the lead in the sixth, but a quick reaction from Stars catcher Todd Weldon on a passed ball allowed him to tag out Tyler Elbin attempting to score from third and keep the two teams even.
The Stars best chance for a walk off victory occurred in the ninth. Hits by Alex Kehr and James Egolf put runners on first and third, but Shippensburg could not get the two-out hit they needed to push the winning run across.
Weldon eventually took over for Summers on the mound to begin the eighth inning. The Stars player/coach pitched a pair of scoreless frames in extras before tiring in the top of the 10th.
Edgin finished 2-for-3 at the plate. Summers and Schrim each stroked a double for Shippensburg in the loss.
Tyler Elbin (3-for-5, 1 R) and Shives (2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI) led the way for the Braves offense.
Hagerstown improves their season record to 21-9 with the victory, while the Stars fall to 5-22.
The Stars are back in action Tuesday evening when they host the Cumberland Valley Eagles. First pitch from Shippensburg Memorial Park is set for 6 p.m.