Patience is a virtue.
It can also be a game-winner.
Thayer's Andrew Brown drew a seventh-inning walk with the bases full of Bobcats March 30, bringing in the winning run to help the Cats hold off the pesky Eminence Redwings by a count of 9-8.
The game saw a couple of big offensive explosions, as Eminence put together a six-run frame, while Thayer countered with a five-run inning.
The Bobcats pounded out 10 hits on the day, including a pair of round-trippers, but Brown's walk turned out to be just as valuable as a ball placed over the outfield fence.
The Bobcats were first to advance the scoreboard, plating a pair of runs in the home half of the first inning.
Jacob Eckman started Thayer on solid footing with a ground-rule double that bounced over the fence in center, and Justin Brown followed by taking one for the team, drawing a walk after getting plunked by a pitch.
John Tollenaar then loaded the sacks by legging out an infield hit, setting up Andrew Brown with a chance at an RBI. Brown came through with a fielder's choice that drove in the first run of the afternoon, then Eric Williams made the score 2-0 with a hard shot to right field.
The Redwings knotted the score at 2-all in the top of the second, before taking control of the middle half of the contest with six runs in the top of the third.
The Redwings plated three runs, including two that were un-earned with one out in the third, off Bobcat starter Scott Hargus. Hargus gave up three hits and a walk while fanning four in two and a third innings of work. Hargus was replaced by Justin Brown with one down in the third.
Brown gave up three runs in the third before getting a fielder's choice and strikeout to end the frame with Eminence on top 8-2.
It didn't take the Cats long to get one of those runs back.
Tollenaar led off the bottom of the third by jacking a ball over the 360-foot mark in center field for a solo home run that pulled the Bobcats within five, 8-3 after three.
Brown kept the Eminence bats in check over the course of the fourth and fifth innings, setting up Thayer's answer to the Redwings' six-run third.
The Bobcats would bat around in the bottom of the fifth, with Garrett Smith starting the Thayer rally with a single to left.
Hargus slammed a double to deep left field, giving Thayer runners at second and third.
Smith was the first Cat to cross the plate in the frame, as he scurried home from third on a botched pickoff attempt.
With two down in the inning, Eckman drew a walk to give Thayer a pair on the base paths with Justin Brown digging in the batters' box.
Brown saw a pitch to his liking and blasted it over the 320-foot mark in right for a three-run shot.
Tollenaar later stole home from third on a passed ball to wrap up the Bobcats' five-run fifth, knotting the contest at 8-all.
The two squads remained even at 8 until Andrew Brown came up big, notching the game-winning RBI on a sacks-juiced free pass in the home half of the seventh.
Justin Brown paced the Bobcats with a homer and three ribbies, while Tollenaar notched a single, round-tripper and RBI. Andrew Brown racked up two hits and two runs-batted-in, with Williams logging a hit and RBI. Eckman and Hargus hit a double apiece, while Smith rapped a pair of singles.
Eckman came up big for Thayer March 27 as the Cats played host to Winona for a non-conference diamond clash.
With the game squared at 10-all, Eckman racked up an RBI-single in the bottom of the 10th inning to help Thayer ease past Winona 11-10.
Tollenaar jacked a homer for Thayer, while Justin Brown logged a double and triple. Williams got in on the extra-base action with a two-bagger for the Cats.
The Bobcats ended the week by winning three games in two days to claim the Hartville Invitational Tournament title.
Thayer knocked off Gainesville in the first round March 31, and followed that up with victories over Hartville and Conway April 1 to take the tourney title.
Williams picked the win in the semi-final round against the homestanding Eagles, while Justin Brown earned the victory in the finals against Conway.