Malachi Maxey was in the right place at the right time to maintain Brownstown/St. Elmo's 2-0 lead for, at least, one more inning.
His leaping catch on a line drive to second base, started a single-handed double play to end the top of the fifth inning and an Altamont threat with runners at first and second.
The play was one of the last times the ball bounced the Bombers' way in their 4-2 loss on Tuesday.
Indians starting pitcher Garrett Ziegler worked out of a jam in the bottom half of the fifth, before creating a scoring opportunity with his legs in the sixth.
Ziegler led off the inning with a single, but advanced from first to third base on a steal attempt after B/SE catcher Landon Feezel lost sight of the ball around home plate.
“He's a very good, heads-up ball player,” Altamont head coach Mike Dokey said. “One little thing like that can make something happen and it seems like that was the start of it.”
Back-to-back singles followed Ziegler's play on the basepaths, before Jacob Miller's two-run single gave the Indians a 3-2 lead. Dalton Ricketts smacked the fifth single off the inning against Bombers' pitcher Jacob Behrends to score the Indians' fourth run.
“We been averaging eight or nine runners (left on base) a game, but we finally got the big hit to get those guys across,” Dokey said.
Behrends pitched a two-hitter through five innings, but B/SE head coach Ryan Beccue said Altamont made adjustments to get five hits off of him in the inning.
The big inning put Ziegler in position to get the win on the mound and Dokey called on Klaiton Wolff to seal the deal in the last two innings.
Wolff struck out three in between two singles in the sixth, stranding runners at first and second base. Then, he left the game-tying run at first base in the seventh.
“Klaiton is doing a good job,” Dokey said. “He didn't have as much time to warm up because he was batting, but he has a heart of gold and when he gets out there, he gives it everything he has.”
The Bombers were the team leaving players on base as early as the third inning, when Dalton Parks doubled to score Maxey, but Levi Maxey got caught for the third out at home plate.
B/SE left nine runners on base and were unable to score with runners at second and third, with one out in the fifth inning.
“We were having good at-bats,” Beccue said. “We had some timely hits to score our runs and needed a couple more late in the game.”
The Bombers return to action at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, hosting Pana. Altamont is off until 4:15 p.m. Monday, when they host Vandalia.
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Altamont 000 004 0 4 7 0
Brownstown/St. Elmo 001 100 0 2 8 1
WP - Ziegler (5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 K) LP - Behrends (6 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 4 K) SV - Wolff
Altamont: Ziegler (1B, BB, 3 SB), Wolff (2 1B), J. Miller (1B, 2 RBI), Goeckner (1B, BB, RBI), Ricketts (1B, 2B, RBI), N. Miller (BB)
Brownstown/St. Elmo: L. Maxey (1B, BB), Parks (2B, RBI), Behrends (1B), Lawson (1B, BB), Flowers (1B), Feezel (1B), Hall (1B, RBI), Bauer (1B, BB), M. Maxey (R)