Less than two hours into the Black Forest fire, firefighter Ben Robinett knew his home had a good chance of burning.
He told his family to pack their stuff and be ready to leave.
Everyone except his daughter, Emily, started grabbing clothes. Emily headed straight for her most prized possessions: her softball gear.
When she did go back for clothes, she also grabbed her great-grandmother's engagement ring.
"It just popped in my head," said Emily, 17, Discovery Canyon's second baseman. "She (my mom) doesn't wear it a whole lot, but she wears it often. She loves that ring. It was her grandfather's engagement ring to her grandmother. I just knew to grab that."
Emily and the Thunder have grabbed a third consecutive state tournament berth and the fourth in five seasons.
And while a softball tournament is trivial compared to the fire that destroyed nearly everything the Robinetts owned, Emily will be focused when the tourney opens Friday, just like she was at a club softball tournament days after losing the house.
"For a kid especially to know she's coming into the busiest part of the year, truly I think it was an outlet for her and it helped her," Thunder coach Tanya Ramsay said. "You would never know (what happened) because she just carried on life and kept pushing forward."
The Thunder won their first state tournament game last season. But the exit of six starters had many tempering their expectations this season.
Five players, including Emily, got their first taste of starting on varsity this season, Ramsay said. And with only three returning starters, the Thunder have gone 16-5 and earned the No. 4 seed. They open against No. 13 D'Evelyn (14-8).
But teammates and an alumnus came to Emily's aid. Recent grad McKenzie Peters, for example, gave Emily several bags of clothes. That was a big hit with the junior.
"She texted me right away," Emily said. "She said if you need anything I have a ton of clothes. She was super fashionable."
But no teammate played a bigger role than catcher Molly Turner.
When Emily takes her place at second base Friday, she'll see Turner looking back from behind the plate. Often it is the catcher that leads a team, calling pitches and signing orders to infielders. But it was Turner's family who caught the Robinetts when they needed it most.
"Scott Turner (Molly's dad) called me and said you're coming over to my house," Ben Robinett said. "At the time, he didn't know he was making a two-month decision."
The Robinetts felt right at home. The two families were already close after several years of Molly and Emily playing ball together.
For Molly and Emily, it was a best-case scenario.
"During the summer time, we were together a lot before the fire happened," Emily said. "... Then the fire happened and it was just like old times, except it was a sleepover every day."
The Robinetts are renting a new house - their first choice after viewing several, though not in the Black Forest. For the last couple months they have filled it with new furniture, new clothes and new photos.
"We lost all of our stuff in the fire," Emily said. "Buying all the new stuff and the new house isn't the same, but we're making it a home again and it's getting there. We're happy with it."