COLUMBIA, MO. — Valley City State was down to its final out Tuesday morning before rallying for an extra-inning win at the NAIA Softball Championship Opening Round.
The Vikings scored one run in the seventh inning to force extra innings, and then scored twice in the eighth inning as they defeated Columbia College (Mo.) 5-3 in a winner’s bracket game.
The top-seeded Vikings trailed 3-2 before tying the game with a two-out rally in the top of the seventh inning. In the eighth inning it was another two-out rally — highlighted by Kadie Anderson’s go-ahead RBI triple — that propelled Valley City State to the extra-inning victory.
All five of Valley City State’s runs were scored with two outs.
“We had some kids really come up clutch with big two-out hits for us,” said Valley City State head coach Mike Mook. “I think it comes down to desire; they’ve worked so hard for this and when it comes down to it they want to get all they can out of the experience.”
Valley City State (53-3) extends its winning streak to 20 games and advances to the championship of the opening round bracket at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Vikings are in control of the double-elimination tournament and will need to be beaten twice in the championship. The winner of Wednesday’s championship advances to the NAIA Softball World Series, May 23-29 in Springfield, Mo.