TELL CITY -- Fred Reel learned a lot about his young Wood Memorial softball team Wednesday night.
The Lady Trojans coach also had a lot of fun while doing so.
Wood Memorial rallied from a 7-3 hole to a wild 13-10 win over host Tell City in 11 innings.
"This was a huge game for our team," Reel stated. "Knowing that we can stay in games, overcome adversity and never quit is a big boost for everyone involved."
Khloe Strickland and Peyton Shoultz capped a 5-run sixth inning with RBI triples to give the Lady Trojans an 8-7 lead.
Wood Memorial trailed 3-1 after the first inning, 5-1 after two and 7-3 heading into the sixth.
The hosts tied the game with a run in the home half of the sixth.
On a night where the Lady Trojans offense shined the brightest, it was the Wood Memorial defense who kept the game alive, according to Reel.
"We made some silly plays early in the game, but we shook it off and finished with near perfect defense," the Trojans skipper said. "Chloe Mowery, Peyton Shoultz and Khloe Strickland teamed up with a spectacular double play in the bottom of the seventh inning to keep the game tied."
Two innings later Wood Memorial appeared to be on the verge of coming away with the win.
Hannah Deisher came up with a 2-run double in the top of the ninth for a 10-8 lead.
The momentum was short lived as Tell City extended the game with two runs of its own in the home half of the frame.
Then in the 11th, the Lady Trojans secured the win.
Strickland produced an RBI single for the game-winning run. Bailee Speicher scored on the hit after reaching base with her second bunt single of the game.
Shoultz added an insurance run with an RBI single and the finally of the game scored on a throwing error.
LeeAnn Melton, who pitched all 11 innings inside the circle for the Trojans, slammed the door shut in the last of the 11th for the win.
Speicher set the table for the Lady Trojans with a 6-for-7 performance out of the lead-off spot. She also scored three runs.
"This was definitely the most fun I have had in a long time coaching a game," Reel stated. "I could not be more prouder of the girls for the way they kept clawing their way back into the game.
"And everyone finished with at least one hit and all but two had multiple hits. It's a lot of fun when the entire team is involved like this."
Wood Memorial improved to 3-2 on the season.