Down to its last out and staring down a three-run deficit, the Kettle Moraine baseball team rallied behind the bat and arm of Dalton Grove, registering a staggering 5-4, eight-inning win over host Mukwonago on Tuesday.
The win kept the sixth-seeded Lasers alive in the WIAA playoffs, sending them to the Muskego sectional Friday.
With two outs, nobody on, and Mukwonago holding a 4-1 lead, David Hayden walked and scored on Kurtis Koehn's bloop single. Grove then clobbered his 11th home run of the year, a laser beam to left field that tied the score.
After brother Dylan Grove wormed out of a bases loaded, one-out jam in the bottom of the seventh -- concluding with a long fly out to the deepest part of the park off the bat of Jameson Sadowske -- Dylan doubled with one out and pinch-runner Brian Ladd later scored on a wild pitch.
Mukwonago countered with a two-out double from Ty Bauschek in the eighth, and an error moved the tying run to third. Coach Brian Adamczyk put Dalton on the hill and elected for the risky play to walk cleanup man Josh Tanguay, loading the bases and putting the winning run on second base. The senior Grove fell behind Kyle Hansen, 3-1, and then induced a game-ending fielder's choice.
Sadowske worked seven strong innings, looking like a surefire winner for Mukwonago deep into the seventh. None of hte four runs allowed by Kettle Moraine starter Matt Leslie were earned.
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