As the old saying goes, it's never over until it's over.
No. 5 Don Bosco proved that against sixth-ranked Lynnville-Sully in a Class 1A state quarterfinal here Monday at Rogers Sports Complex.
Trailing by a run and down to their last out, the Dons (33-8 overall) used a clutch walk-off, two-run longball from Karli Welter to snatch a seemingly improbable 6-5 comeback victory from the jaws of defeat.
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Morgan Frost hits for Don Bosco during a Class 1A?state quarterfinal against Lynnville-Sully Monday at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU?at www.messengernews.net
After Morgan Frost reached on a dropped pop up by the Hawks' shortstop, Welter immediately followed with her second round-tripper of the game to deep left field. Welter, a senior and No. 2 batter, earlier plated Frost with a two-run homer in the fifth. She entered the state tournament with three dingers on the season.
"We obviously got a second chance, and I was real relaxed going up to bat and just wanted to hit it hard somewhere," said Welter, who finished 2-for-4 offensively with four RBI and two runs scored. "As a senior captain, I was so happy I was able to pull through for my teammates.
"Nothing in the world can top this feeling right now. I can't wait to go play in the semifinal game on Thursday."
DON BOSCO 6, LYNNVILLE-SULLY 5
Lynnville-Sully 011 030 0-5 5 2
Don Bosco 000 040 2-6 6 6
Madison Rasmusson (L, 28-5; 6 2/3 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) and Becca Vos; Karli Welter (4 1/3 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K), Morgan Frost (W, 9-1; 2 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) and Cate Paulsen.
2B-L-S: Shelby Davis, Vos; DB: Frost. HR-DB: Welter (2). SB-L-S: Rasmusson, Davis. MH-L-S: Vos (2); DB: Welter (2). RBI-L-S: Vos (2), Davis, Jade Van Rees; DB: Welter (4), Frost (2). LOB-L-S 5; DB 3.
No. 1 Akron-Westfield (35-2) now awaits the Dons in a 1A semifinal Thursday at 11 a.m. on Diamond 1. The perennial power Westerners downed Janesville in a 9-7 decision yesterday.
Frost (9-1), who picked up the win in relief of Welter with 2 2/3 scoreless innings, helped her own cause at the plate with a double, two RBI and two runs. Despite committing six errors, Don Bosco still rallied from a 5-0 deficit in the bottom of the fifth.
Brittany Hickson, Olivia Rigdon and Lexy Logan each added singles for the blue and white, while Logan and Olivia Schmit both crossed the dish.
"That was incredible to get a second chance like that," said Don Bosco head coach Jane Becker, who earned her 801st career victory Monday. "It was a magical moment and real exciting when Karli hit that. I could see it was gone right off the bat. I've never been part of a win quite like that, especially on a walk-off home run. When we were down, I said you can either die or play Don softball. We stayed together and pulled through."
The Dons, who are making their eighth state appearance in school history, have now prevailed in 15 straight games.
Becca Vos was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI for the Hawks (36-6), who have qualified for state in three of the past four years.
Lynnville-Sully will next face Janesville (16-8) in 1A consolation action Wednesday at 10 a.m. on Dodger Diamond.