The game swung back to the Panthers just as suddenly, with a four-run fifth inning reclaiming the lead and control.
Bryson Lierle led an 11-hit Panthers attack with two triples and two runs batted in and earned the pitching win in relief. Dylan Brooks, Kyler Hendricks and Tanner White each drove in two runs for Lookeba-Sickles.
Tye Rambo and Chance Long had two RBIs each for the Pirates, who finished with just six hits.
Red Oak 2, Olustee 1
No. 1 Red Oak needed nine innings, but finally broke through against Olustee and Dylan Sanchez to remain on course for a third straight spring state title.
Colt Browne's two-run single in the top of the ninth was the difference in the day's premium pitching pairing.
Sanchez matched Red Oak's tandem of Tyler Parks and Dylan Fazekas through eight innings, yet was undone by two unearned runs when teammates dropped two balls in the ninth — one on an infield pop-up and another on a fly ball to the outfield.
That started the Red Oak rally, with a sacrifice bunt moving the runners to second and third. Browne then lined his single into center field. Olustee had its own rally in the bottom of the ninth, but had the tying run thrown out at the plate for the final out.
Sanchez struck out 12 while allowing seven hits. Parks and Fazekas combined for 18 strikeouts and scattered six hits.