NASHWAUK - The Falls High School baseball team's 2019 season came to a close Tuesday when the Broncos lost 5-4 against the Eveleth-Gilbert Golden Bears in the first round of the Section 7AA Tournament.
- Simon Palm - 1 run and 1 hit
- Joe Glowack - 1 hit and 1 RBI
- Travis Kalar - 2 RBI
- Tucker Hell - 1 run and 1 hit
Starting on the mound for the Broncos was senior Blaine Humbert, who recorded seven strikeouts and allowed only two hits during Tuesday's game.
In the opening innings of the ballgame, the Broncos had trouble getting hits off of the Golden Bear pitcher.
A runner was walked in the top of the first inning, but he was ultimately stranded on second as the Broncos couldn't get a hit to advance him.
The hitting woes followed the Broncos into the second and third innings, with both outings ending with a runner stranded on third.
On the defensive side, the Broncos hung tough with the Golden Bear offense, with Humbert getting key strikeouts and the infield and outfield making plays, including a diving grab on a grounder made by sophomore Tucker Hell to get the third out in the bottom of the second inning.
The Golden Bears were the ones who scored first, netting two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
However, the Broncos responded in the top of the fifth.
Three consecutive batters were walked, loading the bases. Senior Joe Glowack was the fourth batter walked allowing Hell to touch home.
Junior Travis Kalar grounded out in the next at-bat, but that allowed junior Anthony Saari to come home to tie the game up.
The Broncos took the lead when the Golden Bears fumbled a ball hit by Humbert, advancing senior Simon Palm home.
The Bears capitalized on a Bronco error to bring home two more batters to take the lead back in the bottom of the fifth.
Down to their last three outs in the top of the seventh, the Broncos tied the game when Kalar hit a single down right field to bring home freshman Jett Tomczak.
Ultimately, the Golden Bears scored the walk-off on another Bronco error in the bottom of the seventh to end their season.
Head coach Eric Walls put particular praise on Humbert and his performance on the mound.
"He pitched so well today," he said. "He deserved better. We put ourselves in position to win that game, but three big errors cost us our runs."
Walls went on to say he was still proud of the effort his players gave, especially against a team that beat them 13-3 earlier in the season.
"I'm proud of the boys," he said. "Their competitive level was really high not just today but in the last quarter of the season."
In regards to the graduating seniors, Walls said they will be missed.
"These guys have spent their entire high school careers as a part of this program," he said. "It's going to leave a big void in our roster next year, but we do have some young talent who are looking forward to moving up to varsity."
The Broncos end the 2019 season with a 6-12 record.