Camanche added a race in the top half of the seventh to go ahead 11-9. It had a chance for much more when it loaded the bases with one out, but one jumped out and the ground prevented more damage.
“A state semifinal game, it’s a difficult pill to swallow and leaves so many runners at the base,” Dickherber said.
Centerville tied it to the bottom.
After No. 9 striker Sabin Esaias was picked with a 0-1 basket ball, Brady Kauzlarich launched a fly ball over midfielder Kyle DeWeerdt’s head in the deep center.
Kauzlarich, the school’s career stolen base leader, continued to run and run until he scored for what was controlled as a two-run, homemade in the park.
Centerville threatened to end the game in that round after two more hits, but reliever Mike Delzell knocked out Brody Tuttle and caused Myles Clawson to bounce out and force extra innings.
“I have to give our kids credit because they kept fighting and fighting,” Cochran said. “We got some tough outs in some tough situations. I could not ask the children to do more. ”
Logan Shaw, who had three hits for Camanche, recorded a one-time single in the eighth and stole the second, but remained there.
The Big Reds, who scored nine races in their final four times in a row, finished it at the bottom.