It took four innings for the Rhineland Post 147 Juniors to chisel away at the Sullivan Post 18 lead.
In a game that would determine who would challenge Washington Post 218 for the Ninth District Tournament championship Thursday, Sullivan (17-4) won it on a walkoff walk in the bottom of the eighth inning at Rotary Recreation Complex - Ronsick Field.
Rhineland dropped to 16-7 on the season, which came to a conclusion for Post 147 as a result of the loss. Sullivan and the district champion Washington both secured a place in the Zone 1 Tournament.
Post 18 broke open a scoreless tie with a three-run rally in the third inning.
Rhineland got one run back in the fourth and slowly came from behind with one run in the top of the sixth and the tying run in the seventh.
Four straight walks issued to Sullivan to open the bottom of the eighth inning decided the game by forcing in the winning run.
Joshua Wiese earned the win after taking over on the mound for starter Garrett Juergens.
Wiese threw 2.2 innings and allowed one unearned run on one hit with one strikeout.
Juergens hit the pitch limit after 5.1 innings and allowed two runs on six hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts.
Chase McKague took the loss for Rhineland. He recorded one inning of work, allowing one run on no hits and five walks with one strikeout.
Trent Anderson was the Rhineland starter. Anderson had to be pulled after six innings as he got close to the mandated pitch limit. He allowed three runs on five hits and five walks with four strikeouts.
Juergens helped his own cause at the plate with a pair of singles and a run scored.
Joshua Earney had the only extra-base hit, a double.
Ethan Kackley and Wiese both singled.
Wiese, Earney and Nolie scored the other three Sullivan runs.
Earney, Kackley and Braden Carey collected one RBI each.
Carey walked three times, including the game-ending base on balls.
Collin Immekus and Kackley both walked twice.
Andrew Branson, Andrew Bell and Nolie each walked once.
Branson reached on an error.
Rhineland managed to outhit Sullivan, 7-5.
Seth Wilkerson was the only Post 147 batter with multiple hits, two singles.
Chet Moeckli, Jon Utley, Luke Bader, McKague and Anderson each singled.
Lucas Myrick, Moeckli and Wilkerson scored the three runs.
Cameron Michel, Utley and Bader drove in one run each.
Michel walked three times. McKague walked twice and Myrick, Utley and Carter Hemeyer each walked once.
Moeckli reached on an error.
Michel, Myrick and Wilkerson all stole a base.
Sullivan was knocked out of the tournament by Washington, 11-1, for the tournament championship.