NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Late in Friday's Junior Softball Tri-Cities Tournament of Champions opening-round game at Scholl Canyon Ball Fields, the Glendale Firebelles had just three outs left to score two runs.
It turned out they wouldn't even need that many to get the job done, as a huge rally in the bottom of the sixth inning not only erased the deficit, but gave the Firebelles a two-run lead over the Tujunga Fury before the first out was even recorded.
Keyed by Faedra Alcan's go-ahead single, the third-seeded Firebelles rallied for five total runs in the frame, more than enough for starting pitcher Rebekah Charters to keep the fourth-seeded Fury at bay with a scoreless top of the seventh for the 10-7 win.
"We just all pulled together," said Alcan, whose team will next play top-seeded CV Muir Chase at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Scholl for the right to meet the winner of Friday's game between Foothill Giuseppe's and the Jewel City Vaqueras on Wednesday. "Last year we were awful and this year it's really awesome to [to move on]."