The DeSales High School baseball team kept alive its hope of repeating as Division II state champion by beating Bellefontaine 8-7 in 11 innings in a regional semifinal May 24 at the University of Dayton.

The DeSales High School baseball team kept alive its hope of repeating as Division II state champion by beating Bellefontaine 8-7 in 11 innings in a regional semifinal May 24 at the University of Dayton.

The Stallions improved to 23-6 and will play Cincinnati Wyoming in the regional final at 5 p.m. May 25.

"This is the craziest game I've ever been a part of," coach Tom Neubert said. "We had so many chances and we outhit them by a lot, but we just kept finding ways to hurt ourselves and then we kept finding ways to stay alive.

"That's high school sports -- finding out how you react in tough situations and what you're made of as a young man."

With the score tied at 7 in the top of the 11th, DeSales' T.J. Alas led off with a single and reached second with two outs. After an intentional walk to Derek Traini, Brad Bohus singled to left field to score Alas.

Bellefontaine, which was trailing and down to its last out in the bottom of the eighth and ninth, tried to mount another rally. But with one out and a runner on second, Alas made an unassisted double play at second base to end the game, as he snared a line drive and dived to beat the runner back to second.

"We made a ton of mental and physical mistakes, and when I say 'we,' that includes the coaches," Neubert said. "We doubled them up on hits, but still, to play as poorly as we did overall and win is pretty remarkable."

The Stallions, who outhit Bellefontaine 16-8, trailed 3-0 after five innings. DeSales scored three runs in the sixth to tie it and took a 4-3 lead in the eighth on an RBI double by Jack Miller, only to see Bellefontaine score a run in the bottom of the inning.

The Stallions scored three runs in the top of the ninth, but Bellefontaine answered with three in the bottom of the inning.

Starting pitcher Nick Eltzroth went eight innings in a matchup against left-handed Daulton Mosbarger, a University of Akron signee.