The Holt Indians on Thursday did what many teams have to do this time of the year to have a longer playoff run.
Survive and advance.
A late run in the sixth inning and some stout pitching from starter Zach Gibbs helped Holt outlast a hard-nosed Fort Zumwalt West club for a 6-5 win in the Class 5, District 8 championship at Timberland.
Holt (19-9) will visit Francis Howell Central (22-8) on Tuesday in a sectional round game.
Zumwalt West (18-15) jumped on Gibbs early, striking for four runs in the top of the first.
The Indians responded with three runs in the bottom of the first off West starter Zach Howard.
Howard was done for the day after a rough first inning and relieved by Jonathan Steiner.
West got a run in the third to gain a 5-3 cushion in the bottom of the fourth, Holt roared back with two runs off Jonathan Steiner to tie it.
Both clubs failed to score in the sixth inning.
Then in the bottom of the sixth, Holt pushed across a run to go ahead for good at 6-5.
The Indians got big days at the plate from Gibbs and Kyle Vance.
Gibbs went 2 for 3 with two runs scored. Vance was also 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI.
Bryce Butler, Stephen Clark, and Tyler Mathys also drove in runs as Holt had seven hits.
Zach Smith and Parker Boling paced Zumwalt West. Smith was 2 for 3 with a run scored and Boelling was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI.
Gibbs went the distance for Holt, pitching seven innings, giving up four earned runs, striking out five and walking four to get the win.
Steiner pitched five innings, gave up three runs on four hits and was tagged with the loss.