By Anthony Mitchell
For The Daily Item
SELINSGROVE -- Alex Moyer saw the ball slip all the way to the backstop and immediately broke for home.
It was a fortunate break for a team due more than few in a season full of close losses.
Moyer scored standing up on the passed ball, a tie-breaking run in the bottom of the 11th inning, for a 3-2 win over Lewisburg in a Heartland Athletic Conference crossover game. It kept alive the Seals' playoff hopes.
"That was a big win for us," Selinsgrove coach Brent Beiler said. "We're 8-10 right now so we have to win two more (for a district-qualifying standard of a .500 record."
Moyer started the inning by working a walk on five pitches from Joey Gardner, who entered the game in the ninth. Colton Brouse intended to move Moyer into scoring position with a bunt but a throwing error and alert baserunning put the winning run just 90 feet away.
After a pair of strikeouts, Austin Benner ran the count to 3-0 before the ball -- and the Green Dragons' chance for a win -- skipped away.
"(Scoring the winning run) felt pretty great," Moyer said. "We kept playing our game and eventually it worked out in the end."
A passed ball was a fitting end to a game defined by pitchers controlling the tempo and teams playing station-to-station baseball.
"Even though they're not in the playoffs, they still battle and play hard and I'm very proud of them," Lewisburg first-year coach Kevin Kline said of his Green Dragons.
"They did a great job."
With both teams failing to put together a big inning to break open the game, the question quickly turned to which team would need to go to its bullpen first. Moyer and Lewisburg's Luke Smith each pitched beyond the regulation seven innings, with Moyer pitching the maximum nine in a single day.