ELNORA — The problem with a see-saw battle is someone always ends up in the air. And after the 8-7 battle between North Daviess and Washington Catholic on Friday, it was WC that ended up with its feet off the ground.

The Cougars used a four-run fourth inning to battle from a 6-4 deficit to the eventual 8-7 win. The game had an 11 a.m. start time after the game had first been rescheduled from April and then again after a rain out on Thursday.

The Cougars (8-13) used four pitchers and three triples to help slow up the Cardinals, who had just picked up their 11th win of the season earlier in the week.

“We didn’t want to go into sectional flat,” said ND coach Bob Beuhler. “We didn’t want to have to comeback after spotting them five runs after that breakdown in the third.

“But I wanted to throw everybody, since we haven’t played in a week, and we did that.”

North Daviess opened the game in the first with a run and added two more in the second before WC came back with five in the third.

Bryce Winninger scored the opening salvo for ND after scoring on a Garrett Byrer triple, followed by Mitch Weir ,who scored on a Caleb Swartzentruber three-bagger. Swartzentruber also scored on a wild pitch.

The WC offense began in the third, after back-to-back doubles from Matt Mitchell and Matt Bezy. Justin Granger then added an RBI, Brian Igel reached on and error, and Josh O’Brian added an RBI single and scored on a pass ball to go back up 5-3.

ND’s Caleb Swartzentruber helped chip away at the lead when he scored on a three-base error with two outs on a fly ball.

The see-saw continued with WC adding to the lead after Granger reached on a double and then scored on a single from Igel. However, ND would respond with four runs in the bottom of the inning to take a lead that they would not give up.

Byrer started off with his third hit of the day, a double. He then scored on the Cougars’ third triple of the day off the bat of Evan Burkhart. Errors then began to haunt WC, as Burkhart scored off a dropped fly ball and Ty Robertson reached after being hit. A fielder’s choice scored Robertson, and Caleb Swartzentruber added his second RBI single of the day to round out the scoring.

“We had three errors for the game and two in one inning,” said WC coach Steve Reed. “We will play five or six good innings and have one where we drop a fly ball, make a throwing error and the wheels come off. I just don’t understand it. We show flashes of being good.

“We are going to have to make the catch when it’s there or make the throw when it’s there or you are not going to win sectional and that is all there is to it. You have to make routine plays and can not give up the big inning. You can’t have six-out innings.”

But WC did not give up in the final inning of the regular season.

The Cardinals were able to load the bases against Nathan Winklepleck after Mitchell reach on an error and scored off a ground ball from Igel, but WC wasn’t able to find the game-tying hit with two out.

Bezy went four innings for WC, giving up five runs. Igel came on in relief and went the final two. ND opened with Weir and then brought in Zach Overton, Byrer and Winklebleck.

Byrer ended the day 3-4, with a single double and triple and kept WC scoreless in his inning and a half of work.

“Garrett(Byrer) swung the bat well today and then shut them down for two innings,” added Beuhler.

WC opens with Loogootee in the first game of the Loogootee Sectional, followed by North Daviess and Barr-Reeve.

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