Rylee and Raina Satrom celebrate

MayPort-CG catcher Raina Satrom, center, hugs her sister, Rylee, after the Patriots defeated Northern Cass 4-3 in a state-qualifying game Tuesday in Casselton, N.D. 

CASSELTON, N.D. – Head coach Tim Spurgeon and the MayPort-CG Patriots delivered a comeback win for the ages against Northern Cass on Tuesday.

Trailing by three and down to their final strike twice – and playing in 50-mph winds under skies so filled with dirt they blocked out the sun – the Patriots rallied from a 3-0 deficit to force extra innings.

Pitcher Rylee Satrom followed with an RBI in the eighth and put the finishing touches on a complete game to send MPCG to the state Class B tournament on Thursday with a 4-3 win over the Jaguars.

The odds of a comeback seemed improbable after the Patriots were held scoreless through six innings by Northern Cass senior right-hander Emily Anderson.

But Spurgeon said he’s learned this season that the Patriots are never out of a game – even when their backs are against the wall and they’re down late.

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