Entering the seventh inning on Thursday, the Bemidji High School softball team was three outs away from a five-run win over Detroit Lakes.
However, eight hits, four errors and 10 runs later, the Lumberjacks were tabbed with a 16-11 loss as the Lakers rallied dominantly in the final frame.
Leading 11-6 after six innings, Hope Puro went out to try and finish off a complete game. Instead, four of the first five DL batters reached base -- the other being a sacrifice fly -- and Grace Naig came on in relief with the tying run at the plate.
After an infield single, a Sydney Prussia fly ball was dropped in the outfield, bringing in two runs to tie the score.
The Lakers kept piling it on.
The next five Detroit Lakes batters reached safely, including a RBI double for Maycen Kirchner and run-scoring single by Mackenzie Braukmann for the Lakers’ final runs.
For as unlikely as the comeback was, it looked even more improbable early on with Bemidji’s fast start.
The Lumberjacks scored three in the first through Makenna Quinn and Puro base knocks. Then BHS added six more in the second, quickly taking a 9-2 lead.
Bemidji‘s cushion held until the fifth, when Prussia blasted a two-run shot over the center field fence for a 10-5 score.
Each team added a run by the end of the sixth.
Ten straight Lakers reached safely in the seventh.
Lauryn Manning earned the victory in the circle, going six innings while striking out seven -- all looking. Maycen Kirchner knocked in three runs.
Detroit Lakes (2-0) opened the day with a 10-2 victory over Section 8AAA rivals Thief River Falls behind a complete game, six strikeout, pitching victory by Madi Kirchner. Maycen Kirchner and Prussia each homered in the win.
Detroit Lakes scored eight times in the fourth inning off Thief River Falls’ starter Alexa Rogalla. Three consecutive hits by Prussia, Manning, and Rachael Perkins started the scoring.
Maycen Kirchner followed with a two-run homer to left field.
Prussia capped off the scoring with a mammoth home-run to center.
Thief River got an earned run back in their top half of the fifth inning.
The Lakers continued scoring in the fifth inning with a double by Maycen Kirchner and a RBI single by Mckenna Krengel.
Starting pitcher Madi Kirchner would give one unearned run up in the seventh inning and the game would end with a 10-2 victory. Kirchner struck out six and walked two. Prussia had three hits, followed by Manning and Kirchner with two a piece. Detroit Lakes finished with 12 hits to the Prowlers four.
Bemidji dropped to 0-2 after a 5-0 loss to Thief River Falls (1-1) earlier in the day.
The Lakers are off until Tuesday, April 18 and a home doubleheader with Crosby-Ironton (0-2).
DL Sports Editor Robert Williams contributed to this story.