The Southeast Pirates had to deal with thunder, lightning and a rain delay in their match against the visiting Streetsboro Rockets, but in the end, the Pirates prevailed over the Rockets thanks to their depth and the scoring of their fifth and sixth men.
Southeast won the match 161 to 170 at Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course in Lake Milton to remain tied in second place with the defending champion Woodridge Bulldogs and break the three-way tie that had included Streetsboro.
Match medalist was Ben Wright for the Pirates, who fired a 1-over 37.
"Ben had asked me if he could play in the final group," said Southeast coach Vic Marozzi.
Marozzi paired Wright and Abe Wheaton in the final group and the two saved the Pirates at their home course with scores of 37 and 42, respectively.
"It was our depth that did it for us," said Marozzi.
Solid performers Cody Tuttle (40) and Joey Kainrad (42) turned in respectable scores even though they struggled on a few holes.
The match was difficult to settle into a rhythm as the golfers were called off the course because of a thunderstorm. Forty minutes later, the golfers returned to the course to pick up where they left off and fight for a victory.
The delay didn't faze Wright.
"It is the first time we have won when Joey or Cody weren't the match medalists," said Marozzi.
For the Rockets, Philip Lago fired a 3-over 39 and Cody Johnson added a 41. The Rockets added scores of 44 by Ty Butler and 46 from Evan Meisinger.
The Rockets have been among the best in the league on their home links, Raccoon Hill Golf Club in Kent, but have struggled when they play teams on a different course.
Monday was no different.
The Pirates have four matches remaining before the PTC Tournament: Two against Waterloo, one against Rootstown and one versus Garfield.
"It should be an interesting conference tournament next week," said Marozzi.