“It was great execution,” Catonsville coach Rich Hambor said.
The risky play that gave them a two-run cushion eased some nerves, but they came to the surface in the final four innings.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Bulldogs cut the lead in half after three straight batters reached.
Eric Brodkowitz landed on second after a bunt single and throwing error to ignite the rally.
He scored on Matt Castelli’s single.
Castelli advanced to second on Matt O’Lone’s single and took third on a botched pickoff attempt by Davis.
With the tying run on third and no outs, Klein struck out Zach Thibodeau looking on a fastball on the outside corner.
With Nick Cohen at the plate, O’Lone stole second, putting the go-ahead run halfway home.
Klein induced pop ups to second baseman McTaggart and first baseman Sheppard to wriggle free from the jam.
The Comet ace (8-2) got in hot water again in the bottom of the fifth when Mike Albers drilled a one-out triple down the right field line.
On an 0-1 pitch to Charles Defillippo, Klein yielded a fly ball to a charging Beautz in right field.
The junior snared it on the run and fired to home, where Davis made the tag for the final out with plenty of room to spare.
Comet relief pitcher Tim Birkmeyer jumped into his own cauldron of hot water in the bottom of the sixth.
But, with runners on first and second and nobody out, the senior right-hander fanned O’Lone on a tight inside fastball.
Thibodeau popped out to shortstop, but Birkmeyer walked Nick Cohen to load the bases.
O’Carroll grounded out to Getzendanner to end the inning.
The Bulldogs threatened again in the bottom of the seventh after a pair of walks sandwiched a fly out to Beautz in right.
Eric Brodkowitz bunted foul on the next pitch, then drilled a liner to right center that was snagged by Beautz.
He turned and fired to first baseman Sheppard and doubled off the runner to end the game and bedlam ensued.
“Everybody is so excited and the kids are playing so well and so hard and they are just ecstatic to be there,” Hambor said. “I told them to enjoy it and live in the moment.”
The moment is extra special for senior starters Wheelton, Davis, McTaggart, Sheppard and Birkmeyer.
“It’s just exciting for the seniors to make it to the last game and hopefully we can go out with a bang,” Wheelton said.