Princess Anne 11,
After scoring eight runs early in Saturday's Virginia state championship game, it appeared Osbourn was well on its way to claiming the Manassas school's first AAA title -- in any sport.
But the Eagles' lead wasn't big enough. Princess Anne forced extra innings with three runs in the bottom of the seventh, then scored twice with two outs in the bottom of the 12th for an 11-10 victory at Plumeri Park.
"We deserved to win that game," Osbourn starting pitcher Tony Pasquariello said. "That's the best game I've ever been involved in and the most emotional. I don't even want to think about it right now. We easily could have had that."
Pasquariello (3 for 6, two RBI) knocked in the go-ahead run in the top of the 12th. His infield hit stopped short of the hard-charging Princess Anne third baseman, allowing pinch runner Bobby Malato to race home and put the Eagles ahead 10-9.
But the Cavaliers rallied with two runs on three hits in the bottom of the inning to walk away with their first baseball title.
Fourth-ranked Osbourn (22-5) came up short in its attempt to earn its first championship and continued Prince William County's baseball title drought -- its last AAA crown came in 1992 (Gar-Field).
Osbourn was one out away. And that made the loss even more painful.
"I gave it everything I had, but it wasn't enough," said left-hander Brad Sudduth, who took the loss. "I just left a few of my pitches up."
It was an especially emotional -- and long -- 24 hours for Osbourn's three seniors, Kenny Morris, Colin Dunleavy and Justin Lehman. The trio had the rare experience of receiving their diplomas and playing in the championship game on the same day.
"We played our hearts out," Morris said. "We weren't even supposed to be here, with only three seniors on the team. We got too confident too early and we tied to hold on to it. But we died just before they did."
In the third inning, Osbourn took an 8-0 lead thanks to a string of Princess Anne miscues. The Cavaliers committed two errors and a wild pitch -- all of which led to five Osbourn runs. The Eagles' Mike Walters and Mike Brooks each singled and scored in the inning.
The Cavaliers rallied in the bottom of the third, scoring twice on three hits and a walk and then pulled within three in the fifth on Beamer Weems's three-run home run.
In the bottom of the seventh, Princess Anne's starting pitcher Dan Hudson hit a three-run double to tie the game at 8.
Osbourn Coach Keith Howell then ordered two intentional walks to load the bases with one out. The next Princess Anne batter, Zach Corsner, lined hard to Osbourn left fielder Chris Davis, who doubled off Hudson at third base.
Sudduth got Osbourn out of another bases-loaded, one-out jam in the bottom of the eighth.
The score remained tied until the 11th, when the Eagles' Brett Howell hit a sacrifice fly that scored Marcus Powell, who had led off with an infield single, to put Osbourn ahead 9-8. But Princess Anne's Sam Harrison singled home Jake McAloose to tie the game at 9.
In the 12th, Pasquariello's base hit gave Osbourn a 10-9 lead. But that wasn't enough.
With two outs in the bottom of the 12th, Alex Owen singled and scored on a double by Weems to tie the game at 10. Weems came home one batter later on a single by McAloose.
"I'm just still in shock that we came back that far," Weems said. "I can't believe it."
Added Howell: "We came ready to play. I mean, we got up 8-0. It would have been easy for Princess Anne to put their heads down and quit. But they battled. We didn't beat ourselves. We just didn't put them away when he had the chance to."