The Miltona Tigers almost saw a 6-0 lead slip away before Ryan Emter came through in the 11th inning to send his team home walk-off winners over rival Carlos on Sunday.
The Cougars rallied for two runs in the eighth and three more in the ninth to erase what looked to be a safe lead for Miltona. That could have been devastating to the Tigers’ morale.
Instead, John Mohror threw a scoreless 10th and 11th inning to calm things down and give his offense a chance. Tom Steidl wasted no time in the bottom of the 11th. He led off with a double that hit off the left-center field fence. Emter then sent a sharp single up the middle as Steidl came home for the walk-off win.
It was a big inning that allowed the Tigers to jump out an early lead. They used five runs in the third, highlighted by a two-RBI single by Trey Thompson, to create some breathing room.
The Cougars are the defending East Division champions for a reason, though. They fought back with two runs in the seventh and five more in the final two innings.
That put a damper on what had been a solid start by the Tigers’ Andrew Radjl. Radjl cruised through six shutout innings. The two runs he allowed in the eighth were unearned. Mohror relieved him in the ninth and worked the rest of the game to pick up the win.
Steidl and Emter led the Miltona offense with two hits apiece. Sam Steidl and Tim Vanderwerf added two hits, as well, while Thompson’s two-RBI single rounded out the Tiger attack.
Miltona improved to 6-3 on the season with the win. The Tigers were in third place in the East Division after the win. They have two more division games that will go a long way toward determining their playoff seeding. They travel to Urbank on Saturday to take on the Bombers at 8 p.m. They then return home on Sunday to host division leading Clarissa at Bernie Steidl Field. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.