GOOSE LAKE — A good high school baseball game came to an unfortunate end Wednesday when a dropped fly ball with two outs in the bottom of the seventh in a 4-4 tie allowed the winning run to score as the Northeast Rebels edged the Camanche Indians 5-4 in an important Big East Conference clash.

With two outs and runners at first and second in the bottom of the seventh Northeast clean-up hitter Travis Mohr lofted a fly ball to shallow left field.

Camanche left fielder Zach Mussman jogged under the ball and appeared ready to make a routine catch. Instead, the ball bounced off his glove and to the ground as Jordan Howe scored from second with the game-winning run.

“I hate to win that way,” Northeast coach Jeff Howe said. “It was unfortunate for Camanche the way it ended.”

“You don’t want to end a game like that,” Indians coach Darryl Cochran said. “We made a mistake that cost us the game, but that’s part of the game.”

With one out in the bottom of the seventh Howe drew a walk. He stole second on a pitch in which the Indians’ Tyler Cozzolino struck out Jacob Dever. Camanche intentionally walked the Rebels’ No. 3 hitter, Shawn Johnston, before the game-ending fly ball.

Northeast (10-2 overall, 5-1 Big East) overcame 2-0 and 4-2 deficits.

The Indians (3-7, 3-2) got on the scoreboard first, pushing two runs across in the second inning. With one out Jace Stratton reached on an error. Todd Hosette then belted a two-run homer to center.

The Rebels had runners at second and third with one out in the second, but came up empty as Cozzolino struck out Nos. 8 and 9 hitters Derek Ketelsen and Lucas Rorah.

Northeast pulled even with two runs in the third inning. Howe cracked a leadoff double to right-center. He went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Johnston’s one-out double to left-center. With two outs Derek Truninger plated Johnston with a single to left-center.

Camanche went up 4-2 with two runs in the fourth. No. 3 hitter Tony Foster led off with a double to deep center that appeared to be headed over the fence before Truninger, the center fielder, got a glove on it.

Tim Wisor was then hit by a pitch before Stratton bunted for a hit to load the bases. Johnston, who pitched a complete game, was then called for a balk, allowing Foster to score.

The Rebels intentionally walked Hosette to again load the bases. With one out Aaron Johnson popped up to first and was out due to the infield fly rule. The popup was dropped by Travis Mohr, the first baseman, and got far enough away for courtesy runner Nate Metzger to score.

A wild pitch then put runners at second and third before Johnston got out of the inning by striking out Mussman.

Northeast pulled even again, scoring two runs with two outs. Truninger started things with a two-out walk. Nick Mohr followed with an RBI double to right-center before Dustin Krogman cracked a game-tying single to left.

“Our big comeback was in the sixth inning,” coach Howe said. “We had two outs and were down 4-2 and it didn’t look too good. Nick Mohr and Dustin Krogman had big hits for us.”

In the top of the seventh Johnson led off with a single up the middle. He moved to second on Mussman’s sacrifice bunt. But, Johnston worked out of trouble by retiring Camanche’s Nos. 1 and 2 hitters, Cozzolino and Justin Hayes on a groundout and a strikeout.

Johnston allowed just two earned runs on six hits and a walk. The left-hander struck out eight.

“Shawn pitched a very good game,” coach Howe said.

Cozzolino, who also worked a complete game, allowed four earned runs on eight hits and three walks. He struck out nine.

“Tyler threw really well. I was real happy with him,” Cochran said.

Both teams will be back in Big East action tonight as Camanche hosts Bellevue while Northeast visits Andrew.

“We just have to get past this and take on Bellevue,” Cochran said. “We’ll be at home, and we’ll have Tony on the mound. And, when he’s on the mound good things usually happen for us.”

Score by Innings

Camanche 020 200 0 — 4 6 1

Northeast 002 002 1 — 5 8 3

Tyler Cozzolino and Tim Wisor. Shawn Johnston and Jacob Dever.

Two or more hits—NE, Nick Mohr, Dustin Krogman. 2B—Camanche, Tony Foster; NE, Jordan Howe, Johnston, N. Mohr. HR—Camanche, Todd Hosette. RBI—Camanche, Hosette 2; NE, Johnston, Derek Truninger, N. Mohr, Krogman.

Records—Camanche 3-7, 3-2 Big East Conference; Northeast 10-2, 5-1. Next—Bellevue at Camanche, today; Northeast at Andrew, today.

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