STOW — There doesn’t need to be any extra motivation to play when the Stow and Cuyahoga Falls baseball teams run into each other.

When the two teams met Thursday at Stow, however, both were in need of a win.

Stow came into the Suburban League National Conference game contest on a four-game losing streak, while Falls had suffered two tough losses earlier in the week — 1-0 Monday to visiting Hudson on a perfect game by the Explorers' Matthew Aukerman and 17-4 at Twinsburg on Tuesday.

So Falls coach Scott Koenig didn’t mind being involved in an 11-inning marathon that featured nearly everything.

“The way things have been going, all we had left was the kitchen sink,” Koenig joked after two unearned runs in the top of the 11th inning gave the Black Tigers (2-8, 2-4) a 4-2 win. “They really bounced back. We lost a couple of really tough games earlier this week. They put the ball in play tonight. They made the plays when they needed to.”

Meanwhile, Stow coach Aaron DeBord saw his team suffer another late-inning heartbreaker.

“We’re grinding through a tough patch right now,” DeBord said. “We did make a lot of plays tonight. We just have to keep fighting though.”

Stow’s inability to get timely hits cost it on numerous occasions against Falls starter Zach King, who gave up just two runs (one earned) on two hits with four strikeouts in 6 2/3 solid innings.

Falls jumped out to a first-inning lead when Tyler Jellison led off with a single, stole second base and scored on Tristan Roberts' RBI single. After a fielder’s choice put Roberts on third base, Falls worked a double steal, allowing Roberts to score and make it 2-0.

Stow (5-7-1, 2-4) got one run back in the bottom of the inning, as Adam Folk walked, stole second, went to third on an errant pick-off throw and scored on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Beck.

King looked to be on his way to a complete-game 2-1 win until the Falls defense hiccuped in the seventh. Falls opened the inning with two consecutive errors before third baseman Jake Stiffler worked a double play. Down to its last out, Stow's Riley Cesnak then hit a perfectly placed bloop single to short right, allowing the tying run to score.

Stow loaded the bases with one out in each of the next two innings only to see Falls reliever Landon Nagel escape without giving up a run. Nagel picked up the win with 4 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and three intentional walks with two strikeouts.

“He had a bit of Houdini on our side tonight,” Koenig said of Nagel.

Stow reliever Kaleb Poston (1-2) took the loss despite being rock solid in his first three innings. Poston pitched four innings and allowed two unearned runs on two hits with two strikeouts.

After Alex Valente hit a lead-off single and Falls put down a sacrifice bunt in the 11th, Ethan Tompkins hit into a fielder’s choice with Valente retired in a rundown. Stiffler then hit a popup to the mound, but the ball was dropped as Tompkins came all the way around from first base to score.

Stow then committed a throwing error, allowing Stiffler to score and make it 4-2, and Nagel set the Bulldogs down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 11th to clinch the win.