Rural rivals Okaw Valley and Windsor/Stew-Stras met on Friday and scored most of their runs early. After several scoreless innings a 9th inning sacrifice RBI stood as the difference. Closer Devon Still then KO'd his way to an extra-inning win for the Timberwolves, 6-5.
Okaw Valley scored a pair of runs in the 1st and Windsor/Stew-Stras matched that. Okaw came back with a 3-run 2nd, but W/SS only responded with one run in the 2nd to trail, 3-2. In the bottom of the 4th, W/SS put up a 2-spot and knotted the score, 5-5.
The starting pitchers retired and the relievers held their opponents in check through regulation. After a scoreless 8th, Okaw came to bat. Colton Sroka, who went 2-for-3 with a homer against A&M last week, put the ball in play and reached on an error, getting to 2nd base.
The next batter grounded out, but then Peyton Hagerman, who was 3-for-4 in the game with a double and an RBI, drew a walk. Sroka went to 3rd on a wild pitch. Seth Still, who came on in relief for Okaw and threw four scoreless innings, laid down a sacrifice bunt to 1st base and Sroka raced home for the 6-5 lead.
Alex Allen, who gave up zero hits in the 9th, but still was charged with an unearned run and faced a loss, rang up the next batter to bring W/SS to the plate.
Still went back to the mound in the bottom of the 9th and gave up a walk to Brandon Helmuth on a 3-2 pitch. Still then faced a hitless Christian Vonderheide. This time Still threw a strike on 3-2 for the out. Hayden Cole, who was 3-for-3 on the day, came to bat. The count went full again. Again, Still threw a strike on 3-2 and got the second out.