SOUTH BEND — There was no inspired locker room speech like Jason Heyward in the seventh game of the 2016 World Series.

There wasn't even any rain.

Instead, the 30-minute delay in Saturday's Class A South Bend Regional semifinal was caused by lightning that was detected if not seen in the proximity of Four Winds Field.

But what transpired when the teams came back from the break, with South Central rallying from a two-run deficit to prevail 5-3 over Fremont certainly shared some similarities with the Cubs' memorable comeback in Cleveland.

"I'm not a Cubs fan," S.C. coach Ryan Kruszka said. "There was nothing crazy. These guys were calm and collected. I think they just settled down a little bit. Maybe the delay, watching some (highlights) on the (score)board, maybe taking a little breather, I don't think it was a bad thing."

First things, first. When play resumed, Fremont had runners on first and third with one out, leading 3-1. After a stolen base, Trent Smoker, who came on for starter Kyle Schmack just before the pause in the game, induced two fly outs to Carson Husmann in right center field. The Eagles didn't test Husmann's big arm on the first one and Smoker was able to limit the damage.

"I feel pretty comfortable in those situations," Smoker said. "I pitched in the regional last year. I've pitched in sectional games. I've been there before. I was just trying to get the next guy out. They didn't end up scoring and that definitely benefited us."

South Central (21-6) immediately went to work against Mick Laisure, an off-speed lefty who had them off stride for four innings. An unlikely source lit the match for the Satellites as Logan Moser, who doesn't regularly hit, laced a line drive to left center, advancing to second as the ball was bobbled.

"Hats off to their pitcher," Schmack said. "He was really good. Logan getting that (hit) right away boosted us crazy amounts. We just felt like if we had any chance, we've got to score here."

With two on and out, Schmack blasted a drive to the base of the wall in left-center, scoring Moser and Evan Walters.

"I always have that right-center approach against a lefty," Schmack said. "I was hoping he'd give me something away, but he came in and I took it to left center. It was a little late for those runs but we'll taker them whenever."

Smoker followed up with his own double to score Schmack and S.C. led 4-3.

"I was just kind of looking for a pitch right there," Smoker said. "I think I was so excited where I couldn't even really get nervous."

Fremont loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth but a called third strike extricated Smoker and the Satellites with the tenuous edge intact.

"They hit me around," Schmack said. "Trent came in, threw strikes and we made plays behind him. He pitched great."

Four walks in a row with two outs in the seventh, the last coming to Schmack, gave South Central an insurance run.

"It's just knowing it's a situation where we really need to scratch one across, having good eyes and letting the game come to them," Kruszka said. "The biggest thing is usually you don't see a team come back. That's why people talk about it. We were able to come back and get some good at-bats. That's not easy to do. I think it tells you something about how close guys are as a team and things they can do to get the job done. Logan getting a chance to hit and puts one in the gap, we got some big hits in big situations by guys."

Smoker worked a clean seventh to end it with Husmann squeezing two more fly balls, including the final out.

"Kyle gave us everything he had, he gave it off to Trent, who continued to throw strikes like Kyle did, and worked through a little adversity," Kruszka said. "Carson had some great plays, roaming around out there, catching balls that might drop. Even the play BJ (Intagliata) made, those are all a huge confidence boost."

Todd Snyder's RBI single put S.C. on top 1-0 in the second, but Fremont (17-14) strung four singles in the third to plate two runs. The rally could have been bigger if not for a double play on a one-hopper to Intagliata at third.

Class A South Bend Regional


South Central 5, Fremont 3

Kyle Schmack drove in three runs.

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