A close call turned a close postseason baseball game into a blowout Monday at Harry Anderson Field.

Danville defeated Pekin 10-2 in a Class 4A Alton Regional play-in game, scoring four runs in the sixth inning and five more times in the seventh to break open a 1-1 tie.

Caleb Griffin hit a one-out single off Pekin starting pitcher Brady Sevier in the top of the sixth and was called safe at second base on a steal even though catcher Wes Moffitt’s throw to shortstop Matt Tharp was on time and on the money.

Keegan West’s groundout moved Griffin to third base and Griffin scored on a passed ball.

The rest of the game was a dream for the No. 9 seed Vikings (15-14) and a nightmare for the No. 8 seed Dragons (9-22).

A two-out double by Devante Hicks, triple by winning pitcher Noah Nelson, double by Emmett Black and single by Ernest Plummer after the passed ball drove in three more runs to make it 5-1 and drove Sevier from the mound.

“The elephant in the room is that call at second base, but they didn’t score on it and that’s part of the game,” said Pekin coach Larry Davis, who was told by the base umpire that Griffin slid into the base under Tharp’s tag.

The Dragons got a run back in the bottom of the sixth on a triple by Tharp and a single by Shea Goessman, but Danville played small ball in the seventh and took advantage of three Pekin errors to tack on five more runs.

Sevier ended the inning on a good note when he threw out a runner at home after catching a fly ball in right field.

Danville coach Geoff Desmond said his players had a tough time with Sevier’s fastball during the first five innings but started to time it the third time through the lineup.

“We’re a good hitting team,” he said. “We also have some speed. That’s why we bunted and ran a lot in the seventh. This is the postseason. Every run is important.”

Danville pounded out 10 hits against Sevier and reliever Nick Campbell. Five hits went for extra bases including three triples.

A triple by West and a groundout by Hicks gave Danville a 1-0 lead in the first. Pekin scored in the third on a single by Michael Dickey, walk to Campbell, fly out by Karson Thomas that moved Dickey to third base and a dropped throw at second base on a double play attempt.

Pekin left the bases loaded that inning. The Dragons stranded six runners in the first three innings.

Nelson allowed five hits in six innings in earning the victory. Reliever Juwan Lillard got Pekin out in order in the seventh.

“We hit the ball well, but we hit it right at them and they did a nice job in the field,” Davis said.

Desmond took a chance by not throwing Marble, his best pitcher, against Pekin.

Next up for Danville is a regional semifinal game Wednesday against No. 1 seed O’Fallon, ranked No. 3 in Class 4A.

“Noah (Nelson) did a great job against Pekin even though he didn’t throw many curve balls for strikes,” Desmond said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what Dylan (Marble) can do against O’Fallon. He can beat anyone when he’s on.”

This was the third straight year Pekin met Danville in a regional play-in game at Pekin. The Dragons won 4-2 in 2014 and 4-3 in eight innings last year. Marble was the losing pitcher in both games.