Blair-Taylor softball completes epic comeback to clinch State trip

Blair-Taylor softball erased a 5-0 deficit to earn a walk-off 6-5 win over Horicon Wednesday afternoon to clinch a trip to State.

The Wildcats fell behind after a leadoff solo home run from Horicon’s Alyssa Jacobsen, and then several errors in the third paved the way for Horicon to add four more runs.

Blair-Taylor has been queens of the comeback this postseason and the Wednesday sectional final was no different. Sacrifice flies, heads-up base-running and timely hitting saw the Wildcats score four runs between the fourth and sixth innings.

Down 5-4 entering the final frame, Lindsay Steien got the rally going with a leadoff triple. Abby Thompson then delivered a bunt in front of home plate. Horicon threw Thompson out, but that act allowed Steien to slide home to tie the game.

Alivia Boe then delivered a double to the right-center gap. Leah Kidd came in to courtesy run for the Blair-Taylor catcher, and Callie Wagner brought her home on a single up the middle.

“Basically from our last regular season game on, we’ve been in these types of games,” head coach Greg Bratina said after the walk-off win. “We’ve been down and the girls have managed to battle back and take the lead. Just always believe in yourself, believe you can do it, and they do. They just don’t get down on themselves, and you couldn’t ask for a bigger moment than what they just had right now.”

“He believed in us all the way,” Abby Thompson said of Bratina, “and honestly that’s what made us believe in ourselves, too. It was just crazy. The whole game was crazy. And to end it like that is just unbelievable.”

“We all have support on each other,” said Wagner. “I think the motivation of our fans and dugout, and all the coaches believing in us put our heads forward to get this done.”