Giving up a run on an RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning, Saint Martin's lost a 19-18 marathon to Northwest Nazarene in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference baseball game that ended early Saturday in Nampa, Idaho.
Four conference records were broken or equaled in the six-hour contest. Saint Martin’s leadoff hitter Andrew Elke set a GNAC record for walks with five, and NNU’s Sean McDonald set a record for most at-bats with nine.
The 13-inning game equaled the longest game in conference history. Northwest Nazarene tied the team record for most at-bats with 60.
After a rain delay, the game finished at 12:14 a.m. Saturday.
SMU exploded for 10 runs in the fifth inning for an 11-7 lead. But the Crusaders scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth to go ahead, 13-11.
Luke Abbott’s two-run single gave the Saints an 18-17 lead in the bottom of the eighth, but NNU tied it in the bottom of the inning.
Saturday’s Capitol Little League opening ceremony was postponed until next Saturday because of standing water on the baseball fields.