Players, coaches and fans were hoarse at the end of a long, chilly - but thrilling - matchup at Memorial Field Wednesday night.
St. Mary's pulled out a 2-1 win in the bottom of the ninth over Pocahontas Area to improve their season mark to 3-3.
Senior Ryan Drey got the start, throwing eight innings of five-hitter ball with only one walk and eight strikeouts. Jon Foell came on in the ninth with some relief, but Drey wasn't done factoring into the outcome of this one.
The game was scoreless going into the seventh. Pocahontas got a man on with a bunt single, sacrificed bunted to move the runner to second, advanced him to third on a ground out, and then scored on a wild pitch to go up 1-0.
In the bottom half of the seventh, SM got Jon Foell on via a fielders choice with two already out. Drey singled to right, and on an errant throw to third, Foell came home to knot it at 1-1.
In the bottom of the ninth, just as they write it in a good script, Connor Richardson doubled to right center, and Pocahontas Area opted to intentionally walk Foell.
That brought up Drey, who promptly hit a frozen rope over the left fielder's head that bounded to the fence and brought Richardson in with the winning run. That's where the last of the fan's voiceboxes were rendered to sandpaper.
Foell got the decision, his third win of the season. Drey was two-for-four at the plate, while Richardson and Doug Dimmig each had two hits as well.
The Panthers are scheduled at the CYO Tournament in Carroll this weekend, starting off with Sioux City Heelan Saturday at 4, with a second game late Saturday if they win, or an afternoon game Sunday if they don't.