Shen Red Oak RAIN

Shenandoah baseball coach Brett Roberts (far right) and Red Oak coach Mark Erickson talk with Tuesday night's umpires following the decision to suspend the game in the bottom of the 8th inning. The contest will be finished at a date to be determined. 

(Shenandoah) -- Shenandoah and Red Oak were battling in a classic extra inning showdown before heavy rain suspended the game in the bottom of the eighth.

With the score 12-8 in Red Oak's favor, the two schools will finish the contest at a date to be determined -- according to Red Oak head coach Mark Erickson.

Prior to the rain delay, Shenandoah and Red Oak were competing in an action packed game that featured many clutch hits from both sides. The Mustangs opened the scoring in the first inning when junior Kyle Cerven smacked a two-run home run to left field. Shenandoah added two more runs in the third to establish a 4-0 lead. The score held until the fifth inning.

Red Oak came powering back by scoring three runs in the top of the fifth, cutting the Mustangs' lead to one run. However, Shenandoah would plate two more runs in the inning and extend its lead to 6-3.

The Tigers never backed down as they tied the game 6-6 in the top of the sixth. The key hit of that frame was Mitchell Johnson's two-run home run to deep left-center that tied it up. Red Oak then took its first lead of the night in the top of seventh and held an 8-6 advantage with just three outs to go.

In the bottom of the seventh, Shenandoah's Anthony Stogdill came up to bat with two on. The junior centerfielder drilled a game tying triple to right center, making the game 8-8 and forcing extra innings.

Red Oak rallied for four runs in the top of the eighth, which gave them a 12-8 lead. When Shenandoah began batting in the bottom half, that's when the rain really began to pick up and forced officials to suspend the contest.