The Othello Huskies erased a 12-4 deficit against defending Class 1A champion Selah, exploding for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth and two more in the bottom of the seventh for a 13-12 win Saturday at Selah High School.
Dominique Martinez roped a two-run walk-off double to left centerfield to plate the tying and winning runs as Othello scored nine unanswered runs to earn the No. 2 seed to state.
“I don’t think we’ve ever been that far behind and come back,” Othello coach Rudy Ochoa said. “For the girls to come back like that. This was one of the better (comebacks) I’ve ever seen.”
Madison Martinez helped set the stage with a dramatic grand slam in in the sixth.
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The Huskies had lost 12-6 in the semifinals to Selah earlier in the day but rebounded after an 11-8 consolation win over East Valley.
It’s the 17th state appearance for Othello, which won five games in a row after a first-round loss to take third at state last season.
Selah 040 033 2 — 12 13 1
Othello 001 120 2 — 6 9 5
McKenzie Zerr and Molly Cavanaugh; Dominique Martinez, Kirsten Quigley (5), Holly Fleshman (7) and Sofie Rodriguez. Highlights—Quigley (O) 3x4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI; Tori Zambrano (O) 2x3; Lidize De Leon (O) 2x3; Cheyenne Fletcher (S) 2x5, 2 RBI; Kari Grow (S) 2x5, 2 RBI; Maddy Zerr (S) 3x3, 2B, 3 RBI; Natalie Edlin (S) 2x4, 2 2B, 2 RBI.
East Valley 000 103 4 — 8 9 3
Othello 201 107 x — 11 16 4
Brulotte and Gutierrez; Madison Martinez and Rodriguez. Highlights—Diamond Franco (O) 2x3, RBI; M.Martinez (O) 3x4, 2B, RBI, 9 Ks; H.Fleshman (O) 3x4, 2B, RBI; Mariah De Leon (O) 2x4, 2B; Zambrano (O) 2x3; S.Rodriguez (O) 2x3; S.Gray (EV) 2x4; Brulotte (EV) 3B, RBI; Stephanie Thorson (EV) 2x4, 2 2B, RBI; Gutierrez (EV) 2B, 2 RBI; Kaileigh Dietrich-Denton (EV) 2B, 2 RBI.
Selah 700 203 0 — 12 17 3
Othello 200 207 2 — 13 19 2
One out when winning run scored. McK.Zerr, Laura Steiner (6) and Cavanaugh; D.Martinez, M.Martinez (1) and Rodriguez. Highlights—D.Martinez (O) 3x5, 2B, 2 RBI; Quigley (O) 2x3, HR, 2 RBI; M.Martinez (O) 3x4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI; Zambrano (O) 3x4; Rodriguez (O) 2x3; L.De Leon (O) 3x4, RBI; Grow (S) 3x5, RBI; Shelby Wilkey (S) 2x4, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI; Ma.Zerr (S) 2x3, RBI; Payton Gibbs (S) 2x4; Cavanaugh (S) 4x4, RBI; Edlin (S) 2x3, 2 2B, 5 RBI.