When it comes to Region 13 softball, no one has been able to come close to matching the success the Enterprise Wolves have enjoyed in the last four seasons.
With one mighty swing of her bat, into a strong wind, Parowan’s Shelise Frandsen put an end to that history.
Frandsen lined a double to the left-field fence with two out in the bottom of the eighth inning to score Allie Simpson from first base as the Rams rallied late to stun Enterprise 5-4 on Friday.
The hit capped a rally from a 4-0 deficit and snapped a 43-game Region 13 winning streak for the Wolves (11-1, 17-5), who last lost to Millard on April 27, 2010.
The comeback started after Enterprise put all of its runs on the board in the top of the fourth.
“We played really well against (Enterprise) at their place,” Parowan coach Doug Rogerson said. “Before the game, the girls said ‘this is our turn.'”
Slowly and steadily, the Rams made the most of their turn, answering the Wolves’ outburst with a run in the bottom of the fourth to get on the board on an RBI single from Lily Shurtleff. After both sides went down quietly in the fifth, Parowan closed the gap to 4-2 in the sixth, when Shurtleff reached on a two-out error to score Shelby Bartlett, who had doubled.
With pitcher Ashley Rice in a groove and keeping Enterprise’s potent offense in a deep freeze, the Rams capped the rally with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings. Rice singled to drive in one run, and Shurtleff drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game.
The Wolves found some life in the eighth as Dani Hess led off with a double and Lacy Drake reached on an error. Both runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch, but the threat died in a hurry when Rice retired the next three hitters — the top of the order — on ground balls to keep the game tied.
When Parowan came up in the eighth, they wouldn’t miss.
Simpson led off the inning with a single but was still there as Enterprise pitcher Dakota Robinson struck out the next two batters. When Frandsen stepped up to the plate, there was only one emotion.
“Coming into this game, I knew we were going to win,” Frandsen said. “We have a positive team, and that keeps us going.
“I got the biggest adrealine rush on that hit. I was sprinting faster than I ever have. Then when I saw Allie avoid the tag, I about died.”
The Wolves have finished their Region 13 play and will be the No. 1 seed for the 2A state tournament that starts May 8 in Spanish Fork. Before that, they travel to play at Snow Canyon on Monday.
Parowan plays its final Region 13 game Thursday at Delta.