It took one more double play for Mayfield to start cruising. He allowed the leadoff man, Dallas Peck to reach on a single. A bunt by James Bailey turned into a double play, when Carter Hayes got Bailey at first and turned a double play when Peck got caught in between Mayfield and Bone.
Starting with those two outs, Mayfield recorded 19 straight outs, not allowing another Tiger to reach until the 11th inning.
"I just tried to throw strikes and get ahead, use offspeed," Mayfield said. "I'm not the hardest thrower, but I hit my spots and let my defense play behind me."
Both James and Ryan Bailey reached in the 11th on back-to-back one out singles, but Mayfield continued to battle, forcing a fielder's choice at third and a pop out to end the inning.
Effingham came out firing in the 12th, Drew Levitt led off with a single and had an opportunity to score on a Hayes double to center. But Levitt was gunned at the plate, potentially halting the Hearts' momentum.
"I was sending him all the way," Fleener said. "I gambled, we gambled on them hitting the cut off man. I was counting on a bad throw."
Dirk Levitt followed it up with a single, putting runners at first and third. They walked Frey, leaving Mayfield with the bases loaded. He came through, lifting a sacrifice fly to center to give Effingham its first lead.
"Every time we got a runner in scoring position, we lined out," Mayfield said. "We hit the ball good, we finally just got one to drop."
The Flaming Hearts tacked on some insurance with an RBI single by Koester, who started the game as the designated player with Nathan Vail hitting for him. He came in in the 11th to bat, and added two big hits.