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Wed. February 23, 2011 | Chris Wagenheim

EAST LAKE — East Lake was able to take advantage of the young Northeast catchers and take the game 7-6 in the final inning Wednesday due to a passed ball.

“If anything else, we may have gotten a distraction because we were stealing the base,” Eagles coach Dan Genna said. “The catcher may have looked up, and that was all it took.”

Down 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh, East Lake’s tying and winning runs came in after Adam Treichel and Justin DiSanto walked, and Garret Franklin  loaded the bases after getting hit by a pitch.

A fielder’s choice  first drove in Treichel and the passed ball drove in DiSanto.

“We’ve got a young staff and some young catchers,” Northeast coach Rob Stanifer said. “It is part of the game.”

The Eagles (5-1) stole 10 bases, half of which were by runners who subsequently scored. DiSanto led the team with four stolen bases.

“We were trying to put pressure on the defense, and we didn’t have our bats today so we relied on some baserunning,” Genna said. “Overall it was a game we kind of won ugly instead of losing pretty, but I will take it. ”

After  two runs in the first inning on a mishandled ball at first base  then another  three runs in the fifth on a Travis Fortin single into left, the Eagles seemed to be in control until the sixth . Northeast (1-3) rattled off five hits that produced four runs to take a 6-5 lead going into the seventh.  Vikings Brett Maxwell, Chris Clark, Logan Peel and Michael Smith each got an RBI in the  inning.

“Like I said, we were battling,” Stanifer said. “We have been struggling a little bit, but we were swinging the bats well and we are coming along.”

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