A five-run fourth inning gave the Madison Edgewood baseball team a healthy lead over Lodi on Friday.
But in the end, the Crusaders had to hold on for dear life to emerge with a 9-8 victory in a non-conference game at Warner Park.
Lodi scored three times in the top of the sixth inning to cut Edgewood's lead to 7-6, but the Crusaders scored twice in the bottom of the sixth for a 9-6 lead. Then, Lodi scored twice in the top of the ninth before Edgewood extinguished the rally to pull out the win.
Tom Hartlieb tripled and singled to lead the Crusaders, who also got doubles from Johnathan Hebl and Ben Newton. Jackson Trudgeon worked the first five innings for the pitching victory as Lodi totaled five hits, all singles.