Chemainus baseball product Zach Diewert and his Southeastern University Fire teammates are now one win away from becoming National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics World Series champions.
The No. 1 Fire moved a step closer to the prestigious title with an 8-7 win over Tennessee Wesleyan in 10 innings Wednesday night in Lewiston, Idaho.
The Fire battled back from an early deficit, as it’s done in previous tournament games. Tennessee led 4-1 after four innings before Southeastern scored twice in each of the next two innings for a 5-4 lead. After extending it to 6-4, Tennessee rallied for three runs in the ninth to go ahead 7-6.
Diewert came into the game as a pinch runner in the bottom of the ninth and scored the tying run on an RBI single to right field by designated hitter Gary Lora, who went four-for-five in the game.
Southeastern then scored the winning run in bottom of the 10th.
Southeastern squares off against host Lewis-Clark State Thursday at 1 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, with a chance to capture the World Series crown. Should Lewis-Clark State win, another game will be played at 4 p.m. to determine the champion.
Southeastern beat Lewis-Clark State 9-5 earlier in the tournament.