Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Charles Nips Warrenton 7-6 in 13-Inning Battle

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Charles Nips Warrenton 7-6 in 13-Inning Battle

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Wayne Oetting, the manager of the St. Charles American Legion baseball team, never had a doubt. At least that's what he said.

"We knew we had 'em right where we wanted," Oetting said with a smile after St. Charles outlasted Warrenton 7-6 in 13 innings Tuesday at Blanchette Park. "It was a crazy game and we're glad that we were able to pull it out. All's well that ends well, I guess."

The marathon game ended with none out in the 13th as T.J. Lauck scored when Shane Allen's sacrifice fly to left field was dropped.

Lauck reached on an error and Duke McLarty walked to open the 13th. After Lauck moved to third on a wild pitch, Allen lofted a fly ball to left center. In his haste to make the catch and throw, Warrenton left fielder Tyler Thurman was unable to make the catch or a strong enough throw.

"It was a good win for us," Oetting said. "We really needed this one."

St. Charles, which closed out its regular season Wednesday at Pacific, is in a battle with Cottleville-Harvester and Washington for the top seed in the District Nine Tournament, which begins tonight. Both C-H and Washington finished 18-4 in league play. Entering Wednesday's action, St. Charles was 17-4 in District Nine and 21-7 overall.

"It'd be nice to win it and get that top seed," Oetting said. "But right now, we just have to focus on beating Pacific. We want to finish 18-4 and then we'll see how the tiebreakers work out."

The St. Charles/Warrenton contest Tuesday was an unusual one. Warrenton grabbed the lead in the first inning on two walks, a steal and a throwing error.

The game remained 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth, when St. Charles scored a pair of unearned runs. Allen got a break when his fly ball to center was misplayed into a single and Reed Bredensteiner followed with a double to the gap in right center. After a popup, Keith Wallace hit a chopper toward shortstop, but Bredensteiner screened off the shortstop on the play, resulting in an error and two runs for St. Charles.

St. Charles added four more unearned runs in the eighth. With two on and one out, Darren Rauscher's one-hopper to third was misplayed. Two runs scored and Rauscher ended up on third. …

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