By PATRICK SLACK
With its season on the line, Holdingford pulled off a dramatic rally to stun top-seeded Paynesville Area 9-8 in the Sub-Section 6AA East elimination round, May 24 at Waite Park.
The game got off to a back-and-forth start, with Paynesville erasing an early 5-2 Holdingford lead with six unanswered runs, taking an 8-5 edge into the seventh.
After a single by junior McKenzie Dockendorf and a fielder’s choice, senior Jena Volkers delivered a base hit and senior Alyssa Ohman was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Senior Haley Huls followed with a two-run single to close the gap to one, then senior Ashley Breth provided the clutch go-ahead hit, which proved to be the game-winner.
Ohman scattered 16 Paynesville hits in the complete-game effort, with Dockendorf and sophomore Amy Catlin collecting two hits apiece offensively.
Holdingford now takes on Pequot Lakes in another elimination game, Tuesday at 5 p.m. in Waite Park.
If Holdingford wins, it will play the loser between Milaca and Staples Motley at approximately 7 p.m., with a spot in the section championship game on the line.