SOS (Shelby, Osceola, Stomsburg) faced off against David City in a rubber match on July 2 in David City. SOS defeated David City 5-4 at home on June 6 before losing 19-1 on June 30 at the Silver Creek tournament.
David City took the victory in the third meeting after taking a 10-run lead and holding off a late SOS rally in a 10-7 final.
David City scored five runs in both the first and third innings and looked to be on the way to a five-inning mercy rule victory when SOS scored two in the fourth and fifth and three in the sixth.
"We had to come in with a good mindset cause we just came off of a not a close game against them last time," said Michael Rerucha, a David City infielder. "We had to start fresh and make sure we knew it was 0-0 and they had the ability to beat us. We had to play to best of our abilities."
After holding SOS scoreless in the top of the first, David City's Simon Krenk hit a one-out RBI single. That was followed by Andy Lyon scoring when Dan Stara grounding out to the right side.
Jack Jakub singled in a run and Hunter Behrns hit a two-RBI single to center field.
David City added five more runs in the bottom of the third off of singles by Stara, Konner Adamy, Lyons, Joseph Reimers and Jordan Krenk to go with three walks.
Logan Helgoth was David City's pitcher for the first three innings. He allowed two runs, only one of which was earned, on two hits and walked three batters.
Max Hoatson was on the mound for SOS and went 3 and 1/3 innings. He allowed five runs on six hits striking out two batters and walking three.
SOS started to rally in the fourth.
After a walk and two hit batters loaded the bases, Alec Wiesman scored on a passed ball and Hoatson singled in a run.
SOS's Bailey Belt singled to center field before Hoatson blasted a pitch over the fence for a two-run home run.
The comeback continued its momentum in the sixth.
Hoatson started the inning with a lead-off single before Jett Pinnneo singled to left.
After a lineout, Bailey Belt lined a RBI single to right field, and Weisman drove in another run in the very next at bat.
David City walked two batters in the top of the seventh with two outs but ended the threat with a fly ball to left.
Stara eventually turned away the SOS comeback hopes, going the final four innings with seven hits, five earned runs and three walks to go with six strikeouts.
SOS used three pitchers in the contest, the most effective of which was Tanner Wood who went the final two innings with just one hit and two strikeouts.
Pinneo, Belt and Hoatson each had multiple hits for SOS in a losing effort. Belt and Hoatson also both drove in two runs.
Reimers and Krenk were the only two David City batters with more than one hit. Konnor Adamy and Hunter Behrns both drove in two runs.
"Well, we thought five innings we’re done," said Jakub. "That’s what I thought. I was like, ‘Let’s get out of here in five innings.' It was a pretty good change of momentum (when SOS scored seven answered runs), but we got Dan Stara on the mound.
"We all trust him. He gets the job done. He throws some chili out there and we know he’ll get the job done. We weren’t too worried."
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net