By Jim Buckley: A game that took almost a month to finish was actually over with one swing of the bat. On June 25, the Foresters and Oaks had to suspend their 5-5 tie after nine innings due to darkness. When play resumed on July 20, Nate Rombach (pictured) promptly crushed a one-out homer in the top of the tenth to give the Foresters a lead they did not lose, winning 6-5 in ten innings . . . and 25 days.
When the game began back in June, the Oaks jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second, helped by a Foresters error.
Conejo handed half of that lead back in the sixth, thanks to mistakes of their own. A dropped third strike allowed Kendall Pettis to score from third. A couple batters later, Ryan Wrobleski came home from the same starting point via a passed ball.
However, the Oaks added another run in the sixth to take a 5-2 lead.
Back came the Sters in the seventh: Peyton Cole scored on a Jashia Morrissey putout. After a pair of singles, Josh Stinson drove in fellow outfielder Pettis. Stinson came around to score soon after thanks to a Jack Reidel single that tied the game 5-5 as darkness loomed.
A month later, Rombach’s blast settled the score. Nick Proctor was the winner, pitching two scoreless innings—one in June and one in July.