The Dover Post 8 Junior American Legion baseball team didn’t travel to Windsor Locks, Conn., to play for third place, but that’s what Post 8 has to settle for after dropping a 4-3 decision Saturday night to Bristol, Conn., in the Northeast Regional.

Bristol scored the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh on a controversial play to complete a comeback from an early 3-0 deficit at Veterans Memorial Park.

Dover (22-5) will face Franklin, Mass., Sunday at 1 p.m. in the consolation game and Bristol meets Kingstown, R.I., for the championship at 4. Post 8 captured the program’s sixth state title to reach the regional.

“Once we won the state championship we wanted to win the New England championship,” said coach Jack Dalton. “It’s disappointing, but we won 22 games this year and we have a chance to win 23. We lost to a good team.”

With the game tied 3-3 in the seventh, Bristol’s Tyler Donohue was on second with one out when the batter was retired on an infield grounder. As the runner took off for third on the play the throw across the diamond arrived at about the same time.

The two players made contact and Post 8 third baseman Alex Bostrom was unable to field the ball, and the runner scored. Dover claimed interference but after the umpires met for several minutes the decision stood and the game was over.

It was a tough ending after a good start.

Dover staked pitcher Jake Carey to a 3-0 lead before he ever took the mound. Run-scoring singles by Chris Johnson and Jake Carey highlighted the first-inning rally that chased Bristol’s starter.

However, Post 8 could do little with reliever Nick Ruffino, who pitched 6.1 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits with six strikeouts and one walk. He threw 79 pitches.

“The kid that came in is a really good pitcher,” Dalton said. “He had a nasty curveball and kept us off balance. He’s probably the best pitcher we’ve seen all year.”

Johnson had two of Dover’s five hits, including a bunt single that scored Michael Berry with the game’s first run. Berry drew a lead-off walk, stole second and took third on a fielder’s choice.

Spencer Aubin (double in the third) and Ken Healy (single in the sixth) had the other Dover hits. Post 8 had just four baserunners after the first inning.

Trailing 3-0, Bristol scored once in the second and twice in the fourth to pull even. Post 8 turned two double plays in the first three innings to prevent further damage.

Carey gave up three earned runs and seven hits in 6.2 innings with three strikeouts and four walks. He also hit a batter and threw 105 pitches.

“I told the boys we’re in the final four in New England and that’s pretty cool,” Dalton said. “Our goal at the beginning of the year was to win a state championship and we did that.”