It left Maquoketa clearly downtrodden, with players taking a somber team huddle on the first baseline afterward.
“Both pitchers threw well,” Cardinals coach Pat Bollman. “We did a lot of good things out there tonight, just couldn’t execute a little bit at the end... You lose a ball in the lights, and what are the odds?
“I told the team I was very proud of their effort. You move on.”
On the opposite end of the field, Northeast players and coaches recognized solidarity behind a true team effort. Twelve players helped secure the win.
None were more pleased than Dickey, who scraped through eight straight innings allowing only six hits and notching six strikeouts.
“I wanted that game,” Dickey said. “I knew we’d come through as a team and pull through in the end. It was a very exciting game.
“I was nervous out there, but the way we came through in that seventh inning, I knew we were coming through with it.”
For coach Tyler Howe, there was no second thoughts about keeping the ball in Dickey’s hand.
“I had full confidence in him,” Howe said. “He earned the extra inning because he was so effective in the first six innings. His pitch count was so low... lower than his last five starts.
“The guys proved a lot to me. They never gave up and competed every pitch.”
The Rebels, 13-3, turn their focus to Prince of Peace on Thursday in a doubleheader on the road.
NORTHEAST 4, MAQUOKETA 3
Maquoketa 000 000 21 -- 3 6 4
Northeast 000 000 22 -- 4 7 2
Alex Becker (6 ip, 4 h, 2 r, 9 so), Tyler Regan (2 ip, 3 h, 2 r, 1 so) and Blaise Waller; Cole Dickey (8 ip, 6 h, 3 r, 6 so) and Zach Scott. Multiple hits -- Northeast (Charlie Marcucci 3). RBI -- Northeast (Marcucci, Nick Wall).