A pair of Back Mountain all-star teams fell one game short of reaching the state Little League Baseball semifinals.
The Back Mountain American 10-11-year-old team and the Back Mountain National 9-10-year-old team each went 1-2 at their state tournaments to finish third in their four-team pools. The teams needed to finish either first or second to advance into the semifinals.
Both teams had won district and sectional titles to reach the state tournaments.
Back Mountain American won its final game of the season, 3-2, over Northampton Monday in Mansfield. It had the possibility of advancing on a tiebreaker until Northampton was defeated in the last game of pool play Tuesday, ending hopes of a three-way tie for second.
Lionville defeated Back Mountain American, 6-2, Friday. A 6-5 loss to Morrisville Saturday dropped the team to 0-2.
Back Mountain National recovered from an opening night loss in West Middlesex to win its second state game on July 25, beating Liberty, 7-4. An 8-1 loss to Harborcreek the next day led to elimination.
- Tom Robinson