Holtville Lady Vikings Refuse to Quit

By Jim Predmore

The Holtville Lady Vikings faced off with the Imperial Tigers on Tuesday afternoon at Holtville High School. The Tigers were the first to score as they got 1 run in the second inning. The Viking’s came back with 2 in the bottom of the second to go up 2-1. In a back and forth game, the Tigers added another run in the third and the Vikings added 3 more. The Tigers opened it up with 5 runs in the fourth inning, with Holtville only getting 1 to bring Tigers out on top 7-6 after four innings. Neither team scored in the fifth inning. The Tiger bats came alive in the sixth inning as they scored 7 runs to go up 14-6. Holtville was only able to add one run in the bottom of the sixth to bring the score to 14-7 for the Tigers. The Vikings were able to hold down the Tigers in the top of the seventh. It was one of those games were you think it is over, with the Vikings being down by 7 runs and going into their last at bat, but the Vikings didn’t think so.  Allynee Rubin opened it up with a line drive into left field; Cassie Acosta added another hit, as did Lexi Angulo.  Stephanie Stuhr added a hit, and before you knew it, the Vikings had scored 6 runs to make the score 14-13 in favor of the Tigers. The Tigers got two outs against the Vikings before Bethany Lehman came up with another hit to keep it alive. Having batted around the order, Allynee Rubin came up again in the bottom of the last inning and with two outs and a runner on first, smacked a double off the center field wall, allowing Lehman to make it around the bases and score the tying run. Cassie Acosta then came to the plate with two out and a runner at second in scoring position. The Tigers’ pitcher got a little wild and the ball got away from the catcher allowing Rubin to advance to third. So with two outs and a 3-2 count on Acosta, the Tigers’ pitcher threw ball four.  The ball got away from the catcher, walking Acosta and allowing Rubin to score from third for the winning run in a remarkable come back victory for the Vikings.