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Delatorre's gem not enough to lift Ospreys

Junior Delatorre walked off the mound for the final time Thursday with an emphatic yell, fist pump and a noticeable limp.

The Beaufort Ospreys pitcher told a teammate before the team's home game with Goose Creek that the contest would be fun. And after throwing 10 innings and allowing only one hit on a broken toe, Delatorre almost laughed when talking about the outcome.

Goose Creek rallied after Delatorre's exit, winning 2-0 in 11 innings and extending the Ospreys' scoreless streak to two games.

Beaufort fell to 1-4 in American Legion League 1.

"It's a tough one to take," Delatorre said. "When's the last time you've seen someone throw 10 innings? It's baseball, and baseball's a crazy game."

Delatorre's no-decision -- his second in two starts this season -- came three days after an accident suffered while helping his brother with an outdoor project. A 600-pound metal pole bounced twice on his right foot, breaking his big toe. On Wednesday, Delatorre couldn't walk without the help of crutches. He didn't think he could go Thursday after arriving at the ball park as the toe continued to bleed.

But there was something there, something that made him turn to teammate Mark Jones and say, "It's going to be a fun one." Trying to ignore the pain when he pushed off the mound, Delatorre found his command early and dominated Goose Creek hitters. He allowed his only hit in the second inning, to a batter who was promptly cut down during an inning-ending double play. He walked two during the fourth but escaped the inning after only four batters and no runs scored.

Delatorre allowed a leadoff walk to start the 10th but struck out two of the next three, stranding the leadoff man at third after getting the final out swinging and limping off.

That was it. Surely the Ospreys would come through to legitimize the performance.

But Goose Creek starter Daniel Huskey also delivered a solid outing, throwing nine scoreless innings and striking out 15.

"I had everything working tonight," Huskey said. "It's one of those games you get zoned in, and that's it."

After loading the bases in the 10th with one out, the Ospreys failed to push across the winning run. Goose Creek's winning runs came after Joel Fickes relieved Delatorre to start the 11th. Fickes walked in a run and the next batter followed with a sacrifice fly.

The Ospreys had few answers for the lack of run support. Their first three hits did not leave the infield. Mitchell Stewart -- who arrived at the field during the fourth inning after returning from a trip to Columbia -- tried to jump-start the offense with a bunt single and by swiping two bases but was stranded at third during the fifth inning.

Beaufort's best shot was the 10th, when Ryan Day's triple left him at third with one out. But he was also stranded.

Goose Creek 2, Beaufort Ospreys 0 (11 innings)

Goose Creek 000 000 000 02-- 2 1 1

Ospreys 000 000 000 00 -- 0 5 1

WP: Colton Rolader 2 IP, 3 K, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER

LP: Joel Fickes < 1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB

Hitters: Ospreys -- Ryan Day 2 for 5, 3B