TREYNOR, Iowa - St. Albert thought it had won.
Treynor, though, never believed it was out of the Class 1-A Substate 8 final. And it was rewarded with a long-overdue berth to the state baseball tournament in Des Moines.
The unranked Cardinals edged the No. 5 Falcons 2-1 Tuesday in a game that will be remembered for an unlikely rally by one set of fans and a controversial call by another.
After trailing all night in front of a standing-room only crowd, Treynor (30-4) scored its two runs on a bases-loaded walk and an ensuing wild pitch with two outs in the top of the seventh inning on its home field. The rally came after a two-out pickoff throw at second base nearly ended the Cardinal season.
Cole Chapin made the lead stand for Treynor by surviving the bottom half of the seventh. The Falcons (21-7) had the tying run at second when Jake Lewis rifled a two-out line drive toward right field that was snagged by 6-foot-4 Cardinal first baseman Trey Robinson at the top of his leap.