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Gabriel Christus
Dakota Ridge catcher Baillie Brooks, right, tries to cheer up pitcher Megan Sansburn after she allowed a home run in the Lady Eagles’ 9-8 loss in nine innings to Horizon at the 5A state softball championships on Oct. 17 at Aurora Sports Park.
Third rally not in the cards for Eagles

AURORA — For whatever reason, the Dakota Ridge Lady Eagles didn’t make it easy on themselves in 2014. Four times in recent weeks, dating back to a Sept. 6 non-conference encounter with Erie and as recently as the opening round of the Oct. 11 regionals with Rampart, Dakota Ridge has had to battle back time and again.