Loomis’ walk-off winner triumphs South Tahoe over Truckee
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Sidney Loomis is one of the better backstops in all the Mount Rose league.
And while her defense often carries a lot of the attention, it was her seventh inning liner to center field which sent her team into jubilation with a 3-2 win over Truckee Friday afternoon.
“It feels amazing,” Loomis said after the game. “We wanted to be able to play for that one seed in the playoffs and now we’ve got that chance.”
In a game that, after the sixth inning was played under protest by South Tahoe because of an errant kicked balled behind home plate be the lead umpire, South Tahoe recovered in the bottom of the sixth inning, getting a two-RBI single from Bailey David. After Emily Rives and Mel Smith reached, Rives on a single and smith via a walk, Loomis sacrificed them ahead a base with a beauty of a bunt.
It was David then who came up huge as her base hit to right plated to, tying things going into the seventh.
Smith, who went the distance for the Lady Vikings to earn the win, worked around a one-out triple to strike out the side and get her team back in the dugout with three outs to work with.
Emily Gardner started things as she reached on an error and was sac-bunted to second by Mel Sabec. Gardner then moved to third when a Rivas liner was stabbed by the Truckee shortstop and the throw back to double her off and second sailed into right field.
Smith came up and walked which brought up Loomis. She worked a full count before taking an outside fastball back up over second base to plate Gardner and start the celebration.
“We wanted revenge,” Garnder said after the game. “We have to give Truckee some credit. The intensity that they play with and with their talent, they just brought out the best in us tonight.”
Smith struck out 15 Truckee hitters in the win, surpassing 200 for her season. She gave up two earned runs on five hits, but said afterwards it was a great team win.
“We really came together as a team,” she said. “Especially after we got down 2-0. We just got together and said, alright, let’s do this.”
Leading the way at the plate for South Tahoe was Loomis. She had two of the Lady Vikings six hits on the night. The others went to Rives, Smith, David and Gardner.
Tomorrow will be two important games with Sparks, in Sparks, which hold the possibility of a one-seed in the NIAA 3A regional next week. Game time tomorrow is set for 11 a.m. with the second game to follow around 1 p.m.