After allowing two grand slams and trailing by eight runs early in a game, most softball teams would be hard-pressed to produce a return rally.
Well, in that situation earlier this week, Moose Lake-Willow River recorded a rally for the ages.
Following an unprecedented pair of grand slams by Mora's Anna Athey and Mikala Peterson, the Rebels trailed 9-1 only to respond with 13 unanswered runs during a wild 14-9 Section 7AA win Tuesday, May 28, at the Grand Rapids Sports Complex.
"I haven't seen anything like that," said Rebels coach Kelly Goeb about her team's tremendous comeback, keyed by six runs in the fourth inning and six more in the fifth. "That was truly impressive."
And, it didn't end there, as after ousting the fence-clearing Mustangs, ML-WR managed their way past Eveleth-Gilbert 6-4 before being eliminated by Proctor 9-4 in their third consecutive affair on a hot day.
"Playing three games in one day is a tall challenge, especially against three tough teams," Goeb said. "The girls really worked hard and never gave up."
On the afternoon's trio of contests, Rebels' Dallis Kukuk, Rachel Christy, Janna Bode, Kaitlin Ballentine, Maci Kukuk and Bella Meyer all counted multiple hits, while senior Dallis Kukuk totaled seven RBIs.
Eighth-grader Sarah Christy carded both pitching victories Tuesday, striking out 15 in her 12 innings during the pair of wins. Lilli Skelton, a senior, took the loss against the Rails. ML-WR finished 15-9.
"Third place in the section is pretty impressive,"Goeb said. "The girls pushed it as far as they could."
Section 7AA Playoffs
At Grand Rapids
ML-WR 14, Mora 9
WP: Sarah Christy 5IP, 0R, 1H, 6K. MLWR: rallied from 9-1 deficit with 6 runs in 4th and 6 in 5th; Natalie Mikrot 2R, 3BB; Dallis Kukuk 2x4 (2B), 5RBIs; Rachel Christy 2x4, 2R; Janna Bode 2x4, 2R, 2RBIs; Kaitlin Ballentine 2x4 (2B), 2RBIs; S. Christy 2B, 2R; Maci Kukuk 2x2, 2R, 2SB. M: Anna Athey 2x4 (grand slam); Mikala Peterson 2x3 (grand slam), 2R.
ML-WR 6, Eveleth-Gilbert 4
WP: Christy 7IP, 4R, 9H, 9K, 2BB. LP: Lydia Delich 4.1IP, 6R, 3K, 2BB. MLWR: Mikrot 2RBIs; Bella Meyer 2x4; Ballentine 2x3 (2B); M. Kukuk 2x3. EG: Carly George 2x4; Audrey Delich 2x4; Ava Thompson 2R.
Proctor 9, ML-WR 4
WP: Liz Frase 5IP, 2R, 5H, 4K, 0BB. LP: Lilli Skelton 3IP, 6R, 1BB. P: Hawk 3x4, 2R, RBI; Sam Parendo 2R, 3RBIs; Rodberg 2x4 (2B), 2R, RBI. MLWR: D. Kukuk 2RBIs.