When Craig Miller singled to center field, driving in two runs to tie the 21st Modesto Sunrise Rotary Classic small-school game, it appeared the West might rally to victory.
Back-to-back fly balls, however, stranded the potential winning run on second base and meant no one went away happy.
The game was declared a 10-all draw due to the 2½-hour time limit, the first time the game has ended in a tie. The game was scheduled for nine innings at Thurman Field in Modesto.
It means the East keeps its lead in the small-school series, now 2-1-1. Small- and large-school players were in the same prior to 2007.
The East led 10-5 going into the bottom of the eighth, but Modesto Christian's Dustin Hayes drew a walk to start a rally. Patterson's Cody Weinzheimer singled in two runs to make it 10-8, and Denair's Miller followed with his two-run to make it 10-10.
That sent Patterson's Jake Saavedra to second, but he remained there as the next two batters hit shallow fly balls.
The East had led 7-3 after 4½ innings, and a three-run seventh made it 10-5. The West had chipped away with a run in five consecutive innings, before the rally in the eighth.
Central Catholic's C.J. Carson was selected the MVP after going 4-for-5 with two doubles, two runs and an RBI for the East. The East's other hitting star was Central's Justin Pawek, 2-for-2 with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI.
Hayes tripled and scored twice for the West, and Weinzheimer was 2-for-5 -- including his key hit in the eighth.