The score remained 4-0 until the bottom of the third, when St. Anthony strung together its own four-run frame to climb out of the early hole.
"We got settled in," Frech said. "We thought we were going to coast."
Kyle Bourgeois singled to start the frame, and Jared Having's single to right field two batters later scored Bourgeois and put St. Anthony on the board. Neil Williams brought St. Anthony within one when he unloaded a two-RBI double to left center that had the dugout on their feet. One batter later, Eli Dasenbrock completed the comeback with his RBI single to right.
"I'm really proud of the kids for bouncing back," Miller said. "All but one kid had a hit in the starting lineup, that's real encouraging."
But as hard as the Bulldogs fought to inch back into the game, Clifton erased the comeback in the fourth with one smooth swing in the batter's box. Following singles from Britton, Micklautz and Logan Hilderbrand, Clifton smoked a double to left field that brought home three runs and pushed the Post 914 lead back to three at 7-4.
"Hunter's been locked in from day one," Frech said. "He's a really, really good hitter, he works on his craft."
St. Anthony scored one in the bottom of the fourth off an RBI single from Jacob Lorenz, but Post 914 against answered the call in the top of inning five when Micklautz cruised home off a wild pitch. Then, with Post 914 ahead 8-5 and Walker at the plate, the familiar flash of lightning and a loud crack of thunder sent both teams back to their dugout. When the initial sprinkle turned into much heavier rains, St. Anthony unloaded the tarp and the game was called off in the fifth, just shy of an official game.