Selinsgrove used three different pitchers in the fifth, and five overall in the game in an effort to low down South Columbia, but to no avail.
"Little League pitch count holds you tight, and because of the rain we played back-to-back-to-back games at the beginning of the tournament," said Metzger. "Coming into (Tuesday's game) we were low on pitchers, but we had every kid step up and pitch when they needed to, even in a tough situation as it was, and showing great character.
"I don't have a worry about (the loss carrying over) at all. They are nine and 10 years old. Life goes on. They are resilient, and I bet there are parents who are more upset than the kids at this point," said Metzger. "It's baseball, I know that. We've worked hard and nothing takes that away. They are Area II champions and this game doesn't eliminate that, and we still live another day."
Leadoff batter Dylan Harris carried South Columbia by going 4-for-5 with three RBIs and four runs scored, while Patrick Yost, the No. 5 batter, finished 3-for-3 with a double, two walks, four RBIs and four runs scored.
"We played a really good game on both sides of the ball. I know Selinsgrove is an excellent team and I'm sure they'll be back (today) playing us hard for the championship," said South Columbia manager Donald Harris. "We had to win to go home, and we knew we had to win to keep playing."