The Searles Bullheads suffered two tough losses by a total of three runs over the first weekend of the 2012 MSMABA state tournament.
Waconia came up with a walk-off base hit Saturday evening in Lonsdale to give the Islanders a 10-9 come-from-behind victory, and on Sunday afternoon Carlos scored five runs in the first two innings and held on to defeat the Bullheads 5-3 at Veseli.
In Saturday's game, Searles scored five runs in the fourth with the aid of a two-run homer by Troy Kamm to take a 6-1 lead over Waconia only to have the Islanders answer with seven of their own in the bottom of the inning.
Trailing 9-6 entering the seventh inning, Searles' Corey Schaefer collected his fourth hit of the game, a ringing double to center field to start a rally. Following a Brian Sieve single, Scott Schaefer blasted a three-run homer over the left field fence to tie the game.
Pitching in relief of starter Kevin Hulke, Craig Schmitz allowed three walks before surrendering the one-out game winning base hit to become the losing pitcher.
On Sunday, Carlos jumped out to a three-run first inning lead off pitcher Scott Rummel with three base hits and a catcher's interference call. Sieve drove in one in the bottom of the inning, but Searles left the bases loaded to end the inning.
The White Caps added two more in the second on three hits and a walk to take a 5-1 lead that lasted until the sixth inning. In the bottom of the sixth, John Giefer and Corey Schaefer singled ahead of a two-run Scott Schaefer hit to make it a 5-3 game. That is how the game ended as the Bullheads left the tying runs on base in the seventh to end the game.
The Bullheads will play next in the consolation bracket with a Friday evening game in Union Hill.