Needing a victory over North Carolina to advance to the semifinals of the Senior League Southeastern Regional in Viera, Fla., West Point lost 9-0.
The loss marked the end of a banner summer for the West Point 15-16-year-old all-star team which won a district tournament and a state tournament to reach the regional.
West Point finished 1-2 at the regional tournament, that included seven state champions, as well as a team representing the host community.
After dropping a 4-3 heartbreaker to Tennessee in Friday’s opener, West Point had to beat the host team on Saturday to have a chance to advance to the semifinals.
The game was tied 1-1 after seven innings, and after neither team scored in the eighth or ninth inning, West Point pushed two runs across in the top of the 10th to take the lead.
Palm Bay scored one run in the bottom of the 10th to get within a run, and with the bases loaded and a 2-0 count on the batter, Josh Meigs went to the mound for West Point.
After getting a couple of strikes, Meigs got a swinging third strike to preserve the narrow win.
Five West Point pitchers combined for 10 terrific innings.
Austin Wood and Matt Foster each pitched three innings, and Jarred Adams pitched 2 2/3 innings.
Drew Quinton got two of the outs in the 10th before he was relieved by Meigs, who faced one batter.
At the plate, West Point had 11 hits.
Blake Oliver, Tri Nix, Foster and Quinton each had two hits, and Kaelin Crim had a hit and two RBIs. Nix also drove in a run.
That victory gave West Point a chance to reach the semifinals with a win over North Carolina, but it wasn’t meant to be.
After a scoreless first inning, North Carolina scored four runs in the second inning, and it added two runs in the third and three more in the sixth to cap the scoring.
West Point managed just five singles in the game against a pair of North Carolina pitchers.
For the tournament, Foster led the way with five hits in 11 at-bats, and Oliver had four hits in 11 at-bats.
Nix, Quinton and Jarred Adams each had three hits.
On the mound, Wood had a terrific tournament, pitching 6 2/3 innings while allowing no earned runs.
Foster pitched 5 2/3 innings and had a 1.59 ERA, and Quinton pitched 4 2/3 innings with a 3.86 ERA.