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Walk-off keeps Elgin from clinching

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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.