As in Game 1 of this best-of-three Class AAAAA series, when Hillgrove trailed 3-0 after one inning but rallied to win, things looked bleak early.
A home run by Nick Tillman and a two-run single by Chandler Boyd gave Mill Creek a 3-0 lead after two innings, and back-to-back doubles by Aryan Rodriguez and Tillman led to a 5-0 lead after three and chased Hillgrove starter Max Oberkofler.
But Oberkofler came back to hit a two-run homer off Mill Creek starter Cody Pugh in the five-run fifth.
In the top of the seventh, Mill Creek took the lead on a single by Connor Kasten (2-for-3). Hillgrove didn’t field the hit cleanly in the outfield, allowing no play at the plate.
Ehmig’s homer tied the score, and Hillgrove loaded the bases before Mill Creek made a final stand.
The winning pitcher was Josh Hagerman, who pitched seven innings in relief, allowing five hits and no earned runs. Hagerman struck out six. He had pitched only 22 innings entering the game with no decisions.
“I knew yesterday that I’d be coming in [to relieve], but I didn’t know when,’’ Hagerman said. “I just went in there and tried to get it done. I was just in a zone.’’