CONRAD - Kayla Holbach did her part, driving in five of Gladbrook-Reinbeck's six runs, but the Rebels came up just short in their bid to upset Class 2A No. 4-ranked Sumner-Fredericksburg.
Holbach went 4-for-4 with a pair of two-run homers but the Cougars rallied past the Rebels for a 7-6, eight-inning victory on Friday in the Comet Invitational Softball Classic.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck (5-5) took a 4-0 lead after two and a half innings, helped along by Holbach's run-scoring single and her first two-run blast. But the Cougars (10-2) had enough fight in them and tied the game up after Makaya Henniges' two-run shot of her own in the fifth.
The game reached its time limit after six innings, prompting the international tiebreaker in the seventh. With Taylor Flamme already on second base, Holbach hammered her second two-run homer on the first pitch Kelsey Nilges offered her.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck could do no more, however, and S-F tied it up with back-to-back singles against Rebel relief pitcher Jordan LaBarge in the bottom half.
Starter Taylor Street came back in and retired the next three batters, but G-R had its scoring chance cut down by a double play in the eighth. Sumner-Fredericksburg used a wild pitch and a Rebel error to plate the game-winner in its next at-bat.
"I thought Taylor pitched a good game," shrugged G-R head coach Brian Thompson. "We can play with anybody if we play like we can. Kayla did a great job.
"We're just trying to get better at the end of the year. I don't mind losing to a team like that in a game like that. That's good experience for us."
G-R leadoff hitter Emily Snider went 3-for-5 with a run scored, while Street was 2-for-3. Flamme doubled and scored three times, while Hayley Weber and Lauren Gauthier added singles for the Rebels.
Street (2-3) struck out six, walked one and hit two batters in her seven innings of work.
Nilges (6-2), the Cougars' back-up pitcher, struck out three and walked none. Tiffany Hoth, McKenzie Schmitt and Jasmine Meyer had two hits apiece for S-F, which lost its top pitcher Kally Frisch to an apparent hamstring injury.
G-R faces Waterloo Columbus and GMG in today's Comet Invite action.