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Mission Viejo battles to the end, but loses in National Classic title game

Mission Viejo's Michael Ryhlick pops up in front of Valley Christian's Ryan Belluomini in the championship game of the National Classic baseball tournament at Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton on Thursday, April 5, 2018. Mission Viejo lost 2-1. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)
Mission Viejo's Michael Ryhlick pops up in front of Valley Christian's Ryan Belluomini in the championship game of the National Classic baseball tournament at Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton on Thursday, April 5, 2018. Mission Viejo lost 2-1. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)

FULLERTON – It was a heads-up base-running play.

Mission Viejo’s David Morgan tagged up from second base on a foul pop up caught by third baseman Jack McGrew of Valley Christian of San Jose. McGrew made the catch just before he reached the wall separating foul territory and third-base stands, his momentum carrying him away from third base.

Morgan’s head-first slide to third base beat the throw from McGrew to Valley Christian shortstop Nick Marinconz covering third. Valley Christian appealed that Morgan left second base too soon. The second-base umpire ruled that Morgan did leave too soon and called Morgan out for the third out that completed an inning-ending double play.

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