Down by one the Duchesne bench dons their rally caps during the 2A softball state championship game in Spanish Fork on Saturday, April 23, 2022.

Adam Fondren, for the Deseret News

Duchesne’s Hallie Nielsen got to live the scenario that every high school athlete dreams of — state championship game, bottom of the seventh, tie game, two out, runner in scoring position and you’re stepping to the plate.

Nielsen delivered like no other player in school history, ripping a line drive into the gap in left center, driving home teammate Kelsey Grant as Duchesne rallied with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to beat Enterprise 5-4 in the 2A state championship.

It was the first girls state title in any sport in school history.

“It’s impossible to describe. It feels amazing,” said Nielsen, who finished the game going 2 for 4 with three RBIs.

Nielsen wasn’t the only hero of the seventh inning. With Enterprise just three outs away from a third straight championship heading into the bottom of the seventh up 4-3, Duchesne sophomore Jaelee Farnsworth led off the inning with a game-tying home run to left field.

Two batters later Grant doubled, and two batters after that she crossed home plate on Nielsen’s heroics.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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