SPRINGFIELD — The Colonials were riding a five-game winning streak into Thursday’s home contest with the Narberth Mudcats.

And with their recent hot stretch comes a drive to stay alive, even when they appear defeated.

Down, but never out, Springfield rallied from two sizable deficits and happily left Church Road Park with a 9-9 tie.

Jonny Flieder scored the final run in the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs. The Haverford School All-Delco and Haverford College infielder broke from third base on a wild pitch and slid head first into home to even the score at 9-9. The Colonials began their last at bats trailing 9-6. The game was called due to darkness after Narberth reliever Dillon Can, a Marple Newtown All-Delco, struck out Will Farris (Haverford School) to end the inning.

“It was exciting to battle back. There’s no quit in this team,” Flieder said. “We battled back earlier in the game, too. I think it’s good momentum going into our next couple of games.”

Will Kelley (Episcopal Academy/Ursinus) ripped a single up the middle to drive home Mitch Helmandollar (Interboro/Dickinson), then Cole Palis (Garnet Valley/Penn) worked a bases-loaded walk with two outs to make it 9-8.

Trailing 6-0 in the fifth inning the Colonials finally solved Narberth starter Michael Anderson, the Bonner-Prendergast All-Delco who is bound for Rhode Island in the fall. Anderson was cruising along until the fifth when he allowed four runs on two hits, two walks and a pair of hit by pitches. The clutch knock came off the bat of Palis, who smoked a pitch to dead center with the bases loaded for a three-run triple, cutting Narberth’s lead to 6-5.

Palis was thinking about a grand slam.

 “The grass here slows everything up,” he said. “Everyone was down at that point, so it was good to get a little bit of momentum on our side. It was fun.”

The three-bagger spelled the end of the night for Anderson, who had at one point retired eight straight Springfield batters.

“I felt good, but I just couldn’t find the strike zone,” said Anderson, who struck out three and walked three in a 100-pitch performance. “I didn’t have that strikeout pitch. They just kept fouling pitches off and I couldn’t get that swing and miss pitch when I needed to.”

Ferris’ single off Colin Simmons (Garnet Valley) chased home Palis to tie the game at 6-6.

Narberth (4-8-1) answered with three runs in the top of the sixth. Can scored from second base on an error and Paul Kokol (Bonner-Prendergast/Saint Joseph’s) laced an RBI single to right to make it 8-6. A second Springfield error in the inning allowed Dom Joseph to score Narberth’s ninth run.

Dakota Barbet’s RBI double in the second opened the scoring for the Mudcats. Can smacked a run-scoring double off Springfield starter Joe Messina to give the Mudcats a 2-0 advantage in the second.

Troy Mucchetti (Haverford) relieved Mike Smith (Springfield) with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the fourth. Kokol’s two-run double off Mucchetti gave Narberth a 6-0 lead.

The Mudcats received production throughout the lineup. Ryan Cochran had an RBI single and two runs scored from the leadoff spot. Pat Toal (Haverford School/Cabrini) walked three times, singled and scored a run. Kokol finished 2-for-3 with a double and three ribbies. Springfield All-Delco Zach Tropiano was 2-for-4 and Marple Newtown product Dom Carafa chipped in with a single.

For the Colonials, Sean Phelan had a single and an RBI, while Gabe Encarnacion (Interboro/PSU-Brandywine) added a pair of hits.