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Southland softball team moves past Falcons in a thriller

The No. 6 seeded Southland softball team kept its postseason magic alive when it rallied to beat No. 2 Wabasha-Kellogg (11-10 overall) 16-15 in eight innings in the Section 1A East semifinals in Wabasha Wednesday.

Southland (5-15 overall) took the lead for good when Morgan Brown doubled in a run in the top of the eighth inning. The Rebels scored four runs in the sixth inning to tie game at 15-15. Lexi Shaw singled in two runs to provide the game-tying hit.

The Rebels had led 7-3 early, but the Falcons scored 10 runs in the bottom of the second to go up 13-7.

“We hit the ball well tonight. It was fun to be a part of,” Southland head coach Greg Schulte said. “The girls could’ve easily given up and they did not, they fought back.”

Southland will now take on No. 4 Mabel-Canton in the Section 1A East title game Wabasha 4:30 p.m .Friday.

Southland pitching: Taylor Bhend (W) 8 IP, 11 H, 4 BB, 15 R, 6 ER, 1 K

Southland hitting: Ramsey Gilson, 4-for-5, 3 R, BB, 2 RBIs; Brianna Johnson, 2-for-6, 2 R; Lexi Shaw, 5-for-5, 3 R, 2 RBIs; Morgan Brown, 1-for-5, double, 2 RBIs, R; Chelsey Kasel, 3-for-6, 2 R, 3 RBIs; Lily Riddles, 1-for-5, 2 R; Taylor Bhend, 3-for-4, R, double, 4 RBIs; Emily Bhend, 4-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBIs