The Soda Springs Cardinals looked to be well on their way to their sixth win of the season against the Firth Cougars, but in a never say die effort, the home side was able to rally from down nine to win in extra innings over the Lady Cardinals, taking a 13-12 decision on Tuesday night.
Soda Springs brought a steady offense early and often to the plate, scoring two runs in each of the first five innings, with freshman Morgan Wood doing the honors in the top of the first with a two out RBI double to plate a pair and give the early 2-0 lead to the Cardinals.
Firth would answer back, rallying for a run of their own in the bottom of the inning, although it would be a wild pitch which would bring the run home and keep starter Hallie Evans from tightroping out of the frame without a run allowed.
Evans would settle in, and for the next three innings, Firth would fail to strike the scoreboard again, heading to the bottom of the fifth with the game on the edge of a blowout, 10-1.
Momentum would change sides in the bottom of the fifth, as the first three batters of the inning singled for Firth against Evans, and after getting a punchout, Hallie walked the next two, and hit a third batter to bring her day in the circle to an end.
A short outing for Shyanne Dominguez put back to back walks on base to bring the tying run to the plate, and Cooper Evans was brought out of the catcher position, and was able to get the final two outs of the frame, but not before the Cardinals lead was cut to just one.
Firth would add to their tally in the bottom of the sixth, again getting the first three batters of the inning on base, and all three scoring, as mistakes in the field began to plague the Cardinals.
Trailing 12-10 in the top of the seventh, Soda would muster two baserunners, and thanks to an error by shortstop Lexie Tucker, both would score with two outs in the inning to tie the game and after a scoreless bottom of the seventh, extra innings would be brought to bear.
Soda used the top of the eighth to load the bases, but would strand the bases full after ground out to short brought the rally to an end. Firth would take notes, and followed the Cardinals lead in the bottom of the inning, loading the bases with no outs, and on a sacrifice fly to center field, the winning run would cross the plate and give the Cougars a dramatic come from behind win.
Soda drops to 5-5-1 on the season with the loss.
Baseball also struggled with a loss on the afternoon, falling 3-1 to the Cougars to end a seven game winning streak, and move their record to 7-3 through ten games.