It came down to the final play, but the Elgin Wildcats were on the wrong end of a 10-9 defeat to Cedar Creek last Tuesday.
Cedar Creek trailed 9-7 in the bottom of the eighth inning when Clay Vinklarek doubled on a 1-2 count, scoring three runs.
Elgin (14-15, 6-6 District 18-5A) lost despite out-hitting Cedar Creek ten to nine.
The Wildcats took a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the second. They scored three runs on errors in the first inning, and another on a single by Keaton Grady in the second.
Cedar Creek pushed across five runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 5-4 lead, but Grady tied the game with another RBI single in the top of the fourth.
Grady finished the night 3-for-3 from the plate with three runs, three stolen bases and two RBIs.
Jacob Neidig and Jace Grady also hit run-scoring singles in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively, to put Elgin back on top at 7-5.
Cedar Creek, however, refused to go away. The Eagles plated runs on an error and a passed ball in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extra innings, and then rallied from another two-run deficit in the eighth to win the game.
Cedar Creek completed a two-game sweep of the Wildcats on Friday with a 2-0 victory in Elgin, clinching the final playoff spot in 18-5A. See page 7A for the full story.
The Wildcats finish the season fifth in the district standings.