By Brian Holtzapple
For The Daily Item
NEW BERLIN -- With dusk quickly settling in and the game deadlocked and in extra innings, the District 13 Junior Division contest between Selinsgrove and Danville was one out away from being suspended by darkness.
But Selinsgrove's All-Stars weren't about to let Mother Nature dictate how the game would end.
Cross Kantz drove a single through the hole between second and short to bring home Kyle Mertz and give Selinsgrove a 10-9, 8-inning victory over Danville at the New Berlin Legion Field on Monday.
Kantz's single put an end to Danville's comeback hopes after the Montour County All-Stars scored eight runs in the top of the seventh to help send the game into extra innings.
Now Selinsgrove is in the driver's seat, and the team awaits the winner out of the elimination bracket for its next game, which is scheduled for Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Danville falls into the elimination bracket and will play the winner of Friday's game between Juniata and Berwick on Sunday at 4 p.m.
"To be up 9-1 and squander the lead away, and then to have our last at-bat and not come through. What a game, what a game," said Selinsgrove manager Rodney Kantz. "This will go down as being just as good of a game if not better (than the 7-6 comeback win) over Juniata (on June 27).
"The win feels really good. We almost didn't have it there, but the boys came through," Kantz added. "We could've hung our heads and not compete (anymore after the seventh). It was tough. The game was all-out and we were drained. It was an awesome comeback win. I'm exhausted."
Kyle Mertz hit a one-out double to get Selinsgrove going in the eighth. Griffin Kirchner followed with an infield single and Jake Nylund drew a walk to load the bases before Cross Kantz completed the rally with his single.