Neither team then scored until Spring Valley broke through in the 13th - and only once did anyone get a runner as far as third. Nitro's McDonough walked in the sixth and appeared to be picked off trying to steal second, but the ball was dropped at the bag and he was ruled safe. McDonough swiped third - one of six steals for Nitro - but was left stranded.
"It comes back to who has more fight and more will,'' Pritchard said. "Their kids had more fight and more will than our kids, in my opinion. The bottom line of the game was who wanted it more, and their guys wanted it more.''
Spring Valley coach Jim Hensley was tinkering with the idea of removing Wellman from the mound after the game went into extra innings.
"I started to [replace Wellman] after seven,'' Hensley said, "but I had to fight him. He said, 'No way. I'm going to keep pitching.' I knew I'd have to fight him to get him out of there. He's a competitor. It seemed like he was throwing just as hard in the seventh and eighth inning.
"We've been kind of frustrated lately, been booting the ball around a bit, but when you have a pitching performance like that, we've got to back them up and make plays. Luckily, we didn't have to make too many plays. Our kids buckled down against a team like this - a quality team. If you can fudge a run around and have them make a bad play, that's what it takes.''
Spring Valley made just one error all game - on the botched pickoff of McDonough in the sixth - and Nitro just three, but two of those came in the fateful bottom of the 13th.
Frye reached on an error by second baseman Evan Eich and was sacrificed to second. He took third on a passed ball and continued around to score when catcher McDonough threw wildly to third.
Dunbar also had a solid pitching effort in his first return to the mound since firing a three-hitter with 20 strikeouts in a 7-0 win at Parkersburg on Friday. Dunbar worked eight innings, allowing just two hits and one unearned run, fanning eight and walking one.
Wellman topped that strikeout effort Wednesday, finishing with his 22 Ks to offset eight of the 10 walks issued by the Timberwolves.
"I wanted to finish what I started,'' Wellman said. "I didn't give up a hit, so I just wanted to keep pitching and finish it out.''