As elated as the team was following a lead-off triple in the bottom of the seventh inning by Amy Grevious, a moment of despair followed after two quick outs.

Just one run away from advancing to the Class B/C tournament for the first time in program history, Manhattan coach Randy Cygan had an uneasy feeling Saturday in Anaconda.

“I felt a lot better (earlier) than when it was a runner at third with two outs,” he said. “I was like, ‘Oh no. Are you kidding me? We’re not going to get a run in with no outs.’”

But Natalie Scott hit a walk-off single a short time later as the Tigers rallied from a 10-5 deficit to beat St. Ignatius/Charlo/Arlee 12-11 in a loser-out game at the Western B-C Divisional.

Manhattan scored three runs in the sixth and then tied the game in the seventh before Scott’s game-winning hit.

“I think we had a strikeout and then a pop up and then Natalie came up,” Cygan said. “She flipped one over to second base. Dropped in the outfield behind second base.”

It was the only hit of the game for Scott, who had struck out in her three previous at-bats.

Manhattan tallied 18 hits in the contest, including five extra base hits, and Claire Nolan relieved Meagan Elgas in the sixth en route to earning the victory in the circle.

“We got a lot of timely hits in there. They made a good comeback,” Cygan said. “The whole lineup hit all weekend.”

The Tigers (16-7) got in just one inning of play Friday against Loyola Sacred Heart in their tournament opener before the game was postponed due to rain. The contest resumed Saturday morning, and the Breakers won 14-2 in five innings.

Manhattan bounced back against Powell County in a loser-out game with an 11-5 victory and then clinched its berth to state.

“I’m just so proud of all the girls. They got all excited when they needed to and came through with some big hits,” Cygan said. “Played a great game against Deer Lodge and then played a great game against Mission.”

The Tigers took a 3-0 lead in the fourth-place game against Plains-Hot Springs but ran out of momentum from there in a 17-9 loss. It was the fourth game of the day for Manhattan, which woke up at 5:30 a.m. to make the drive to Anaconda to play Loyola.

“Basically we played four games today. Our pitchers were pretty shot,” Cygan said. “We used three in the last game we played because they were just beat playing four games in one day. Nobody’s ready for that yet. I’m really proud of the fact that we hung in there and took a place.”

The consolation and championship games were not held after tournament director Allen Green opted to decide the seeding following the undefeated semifinal, which Loyola won against Florence-Carlton 6-5. Loyola will enter the state tournament as the West’s No. 1 seed followed by Florence-Carlton, Plains-Hot Springs and Manhattan.

The three-day state tournament will be held next weekend in Belgrade.

“We didn’t make divisionals last year, so it’s a big step in one year,” Cygan said. “Just proud of them all. They did a great job this weekend.”

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