The Tigers (0-2) jumped out to a 6-1 lead after three and a half innings, but Modesto Christian (1-0) tallied five unanswered runs, including a pair of two-out runs in the bottom of the seventh, to send the game into extra innings.
Antonio Bustos of Patterson drew a walk to lead off the 10th inning, went to second on a wild pitch and teammate Kevin Phelps laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Bustos to third base. With two outs, Bustos scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by Robert Garcia of Modesto Christian.
Patterson pitcher Jared Nothstein walked Andre Edwards and Akin Perkins to start the bottom of the 10th inning, and a balk allowed the runners to move up a base. Darrian Grays of Modesto Christian struck out, but Zack Schott used a squeeze bunt to bring in the tying run and put runners at the corners. After Garcia was intentionally walked to load the bases, Perkins scored from third on a passed ball to give the Crusaders a come-from-behind, walk-off victory.
Andrew Basaldua of Patterson opened the first frame with a lead-off infield single off pitcher Blake Avant, and Bustos reached base safely on a dropped third strike. Travis Lockhart's single to right-center field scored both runners and gave Patterson a 2-0 lead.
Starter Santiago Cantu (four innings, four hits, six strikeouts) retired the first three Crusader batters in order, and Trevor Troxler of Patterson led off the second with a single to left field. Troxler then stole second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a bases-loaded walk to Jake Thompson to give the Tigers a 3-0 advantage.
Jaylen McClendon of Modesto Christian hit a RBI single to center to make it 3-1 after two innings, but Patterson tacked on two more runs in the next frame.
Lockhart walked to lead off the third inning, moved to second on a wild pitch and scooted to third on a passed ball. Troxler's sacrifice fly to center field plated Lockhart, and with the bases loaded, a fielding error allowed Cantu to cross home plate to make it 5-1.
Cantu delivered a two-out single in the top of the fourth, and Troxler just missed a homer off of Avant -- the high-arching ball falling feet in front of the left field fence -- with a RBI double to put the Tigers up by five.
In the bottom of the fourth, Garcia scored on a two-out single down the right field line by McClendon to trim the deficit to 6-2. And a short line drive single just over the infield with two down in the bottom of the fifth by McClendon plated Perkins to make it 6-3.
With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Garcia made it a 6-4 game with an RBI double before Michael Cummins' two-run double tied the game for Modesto Christian and sent it into extra innings.
Patterson will play a Thursday, March 6 game at Escalon High School. Game time is 3:30 p.m.
Contact Marc Aceves at 892-6187, ext. 28, or firstname.lastname@example.org.