There wasn't much positive for Nitro Coach Steve Pritchard, whose streak of six consecutive Region 4 championships is in jeopardy.
"The bottom line is that anybody who watched the game saw that their kids wanted it more," said Pritchard, who has won state titles at Sissonville in 1996 and two at Nitro (2008, '10). "They competed harder and did the things it took. We score one in the sixth and they came back and scored one in the seventh."
Nitro cut the lead to 3-1 in the sixth on Slack's sacrifice fly, but a Shrewsbury leadoff single in the seventh was followed by his second stolen base and a Turley double.
"This time of year, we tell the kids, if you play well you're going to win, if you don't play well, you're going to lose, no matter who you're playing," Whitman said. "We're treating this like a tournament where you have to win three games."
Peter Theodos had a double and scored St. Albans' third run on a sacrifice fly by No. 9 hitter Lucas Carfagna in the fourth inning.
Nitro leadoff hitter Solomon Shamblin singled twice, but was caught stealing after a first-inning hit. Jacob Williams singled to lead off the third, but was left at third base.
Slack reached second base in the fourth, but was left stranded.
"We didn't have quality at bats," said Pritchard, whose team popped up three times. "The last two weeks I thought we had straightened up offensively, but it went right back to what we were doing our first 20 games."
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