Zach Diewert will hope to work some magic at the plate Friday morning to break open the NAIA World Series Championship game. (Photo submitted)

Zach Diewert will hope to work some magic at the plate Friday morning to break open the NAIA World Series Championship game. (Photo submitted)

Diewert at the plate with a huge opportunity for Southeastern in NAIA World Series

The pivotal moment of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics World Series baseball championship is yet to come – especially for Chemainus product Zach Diewert.

The finale of the tournament at Lewiston, Idaho will take place Friday after play was suspended in the seventh inning Thursday due to lightning and rain.

The Southeastern Fire was leading host Lewis-Clark State 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh with the bases loaded and nobody out. Coming to bat was none other than Diewert in his first start of the tournament.

Southeastern sports a 58-4 record on the season, but Lewis-Clark State is trying to play the role of spoiler. The Fire led the game 4-0 after the third inning, but Lewis-Clark State battled back with five runs in the fifth to take the lead.

Southeastern tied the game in its half of the fifth and went ahead with a run in the seventh and threatening for a bunch more, as Diewert will step into the batter’s box Friday morning at 8:15 as play resumes at that point.

Lewis-Clark State forced a deciding game with a wild 10-9 victory over Southeastern earlier Thursday afternoon, building a 9-4 lead at one point and holding off a late charge by the fire.

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