Such was the case for Remsen St. Mary's Wednesday as the Hawks defeated Storm Lake St. Mary's 17-7 in five innings of non-conference baseball at Marv Thelen Field.
After a seesaw first four innings, the Hawks entered the bottom of the fifth leading 10-7. Needing seven runs to shore up the victory early, Louis Pick drilled a leadoff home run and Tanner Kockler followed with a double, forcing the Panthers into a pitching change.
After the change, Brad Konopasek and Michael Wesselmann hit back-to-back singles to bring Kockler around from second. Christopher Loutsch then singled to load the bases and Neal Loutsch reached on an error, plating a run and reloading the bases to set up the most unlikely of game-winners.
Tyler Galles was at the heart of the oddball play, hitting a ball to the shortstop to drive in a one run while reaching first on an error. Storm Lake then threw home to catch Christopher Loutsch scoring and the throw to the plate was errant. After that misplay, the Panthers attempted to catch Galles going to second and the ball sailed into center field. Neal Loutsch scored from third on the throw to second and Galles came all the way around on the error, ending the game by 10-run rule.
"It was a walk-off, four-error, inside-the-park grand slam - if there was such a thing," RSM coach Steve Erdmann said. "It's been a strange week."
The Hawks were involved in two error-plagued games earlier this week, defeating Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 8-7 and falling to Alta 9-5 Tuesday night on the road.
On Wednesday the errors were in RSM's favor with visiting Storm Lake guilty of seven.
"The baseball gods have a way of evening things out," Erdmann said. "But the errors aside, I was happy with how we were hitting the ball tonight."
The Hawks finished with 14 hits, including Jon Klein in the leadoff spot at 2-for-2 with two walks, 2 RBIs and two runs scored.
"Jon set the tempo right off the bat," Erdmann said. "His first plate appearance was a right-center shot, just a laser. It was the very thing we were working on."
Klein's hit was part of a one-run first inning for the Hawks, who led 3-1 after the second and 9-3 after the third.
The six-run third inning included an Eric Bohnenkamp three-run triple, a run scored on an error and another on a passed ball.
"They helped us out with some errors, but you have to put the ball in play for there to be errors," Erdmann said. "They kept battling back, but we got back to basics and made good contact. It didn't have to be a home run."
Storm Lake managed to cut RSM's lead to 10-7 after four innings before unraveling in the bottom of the fifth.
Bohnenkamp finished the night 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs, Pick was 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored and Christopher Loutsch was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks.
Other big bats included Konopasek 2-for-4 with an RBI and two stolen bases and a solid effort out of designated hitter Wesselmann at 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored.
Loutsch also earned the win on the mound, allowing seven runs on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
"Christopher had worked up a pitch count early - 42 after the first two innings - but we had a short third," Erdmann said. "He finished with 109 pitches and seemed to get better as the game went on.
"His mechanics were outstanding tonight. He had a very good curve working and you talk about guys that are your horses. His fastball was popping in Jon's glove late. He just pitched very well."
The Hawks were originally slated to play a fourth game this week Thursday against River Valley, but that game has been scratched . RSM (2-1) will now play next at home against West Sioux in War Eagle Conference action Tuesday.