Injuries. It's a word Molly Schmitz is all too familiar with - especially when it comes to the ligaments in her right knee.
"(Last summer doctors) had to take a piece of her achilles and basically rebuild it," head coach Mike Coleman said of Schmitz's surgery.
Molly's surgery over the summer wasn't the first time she's been on the operating table.
"Freshman year I tore my ACL playing basketball," she said.
Then after volleyball season her junior year:
"We went and got an MRI and we saw that my meniscus was torn," she said.
Finally, midway through softball last year:
"I twisted, my knee kind of stayed and the rest of my body went. I kind of felt that pop again," she said of the third tear.
Three years. Three tears. One knee.
"That was really hard. I had a lot of hard days," Molly said.
But instead of getting down Molly attacked her rehab process. Each and every time. Now that the knee is strong and healthy again.
"I'm here now, excited for softball," Molly said.
In her first game back on the diamond, the Bison beat Helena High 11-0 in five innings. Molly drove in a run and played a flawless game in the field. The comeback also happened on her birthday. The experience put everything into perspective.
"I get really emotional talking about it. Just being able to put a Bison jersey on, it's a amazing," she said.
With Molly in the lineup, the players are confident they can win their first state title since 2013.
"Just knowing that we have the chance to be a contender is a great feeling. I'm really trying to take it all in and appreciate what I get to do," she added.