by Brent HoveyReporterNothing in Aurora sports should surprise me anymore.I followed the football team on its unexpected, miraculous run to the state semifinals, when there were a handful of unbelievable games. Take your pick -- the last-second, game-winning field goal over West Geauga, the 6-2 win over Perry in the Mud Bowl or the upsets of parochial powers Walsh Jesuit and Lake Catholic.I covered the hockey team as it won the longest high school game ever played -- a 2-1, eight-overtime match against Solon.I've seen baseball games and golf matches played in the snow, and buzzer-beating upsets in basketball. So by now, I should know to expect the unexpected. That's why I shouldn't have been surprised at Aurora's 11-10 come-from-behind win over Parma Padua in the Division II district baseball semifinals May 16. But I was.Rain was coming down softly as the Greenmen took the field for pre-game practice. It steadily picked up and the temperature dropped.By the end of the game the rain had stopped, the sky was clear and I think it was warmer than when the game started.I shouldn't have been surprised that a seven-inning high school game lasted three hours, longer than some Major League games but shorter than the Marathon On Ice.I shouldn't have been surprised that AHS made 6 errors, walked 10 batters, fell behind 10-4, but still came back and won.COACH George Snider invited me to sit in the dugout to get out of the rain -- another pleasant surprise. I got an up-close personal view of how much of an emotional roller coaster high school action can be.Through the first 4 1/2 innings, the highlight in the dugout was the bag of pretzels, Twizzlers and sunflower seeds parent Ken Mitroff dropped off. As the reserve players and scorekeepers devoured pretzels, the team struggled to get anything going. As the game rolled along, the dugout was full of helmet slamming, high fiving, bench slapping, fist pumping, water cooler kicking, handshaking moments as the Greenmen tried to recover.When it was 10-4 in the bottom of the fifth, I wanted to go home. I was cold, hungry and thought the game was over. After Colin Sanford was forced out in a rundown between second and third, he came back to the quiet dugout yelling he was never tagged. His complaining turned to jeering, which turned to cheering and got the team fired up. He stood against the fence at the front of the dugout and made teammates stand up and cheer. The creative chants got everyone fired up. Then Adam Bellamy singled, Mike Eden and Joe Taylor had RBI singles and Andy Mitroff and Steven Yung drew walks to make the score 10-7.Aurora got the momentum, and it looked like Sanford's chants were getting to the Padua pitcher's head.Freshman Ty Watson took the mound in the sixth inning. He retired the Bruins in order, striking out the final batter. When he came back to the dugout, the team congratulated him and he couldn't help but crack a smile.WATSON DID the same thing in the seventh, giving Aurora a final chance to finish the comeback.The chants were louder and rowdier -- with the silent treatment throw in as well -- as Taylor singled for his fourth hit of the game. Mitroff singled, Yung walked and the stage was set.Andy Heacox singled in a run, and the dugout was definitely in the head of Padua's pitcher. He was rattled. Then deafening noise one pitch, complete silence the next.A fielder's choice by Sanford brought up Calcei. With one ball and two strikes, Calcei wasn't about to let his fired-up teammates down. He lined an outside pitch down the leftfield line. The dugout exploded. "Get by him," one player yelled as Snider waved everyone home. "It's over," yelled another player.Sanford was waved home. Players were already out of the dugout to celebrate, waiting for Sanford. The relay throw was nowhere near in time and AHS won 11-10. Players swarmed Sanford and Calcei. "I knew it was over [when he hit the ball]," said the latter.I shouldn't have been surprised that the 7-run comeback was capped by two seniors on a sophomore-laden team. I shouldn't have been surprised Aurora never gave up.I shouldn't have been surprised Aurora played one of the most exciting high school -- or any level -- baseball games I've ever seen. After all, this is Aurora sports, where I've learned to expect the unexpected.E-mail: bhovey@recordpub.comPhone: 330-688-0088 ext. 3115