Rogers then brought junior Sydney Schrack in to pinch hit. Schrack stepped into the pressure-filled moment and responded by blasting a grounder in-between the pitchers legs, over second base and into centerfield.
“I had one job and I was determined to get that job done,” Schrack said. “I wanted to win just as bad as everyone else.”
On the very next at-bat, junior Samme Miller capitalized on the momentum and provided the go-ahead RBI double to put Tri-West in front for good at 5-4 in the sixth inning. Miller said she thought of how badly she wanted to make a play for her team before stepping to the plate.
“We’re friends, not just teammates,” Miller said. “I cannot say one bad thing about anyone on the team. Everyone is a friend, it’s absolutely awesome.”
Miller’s double ended the inning after she brought the two runners in and got tagged trying to get to third base.
“I usually would be mad about getting out, but I scored the runs so I couldn’t be happier,” said Miller, who had two hits. “I did my job and made a difference. That was my goal before the game, to make a difference.”
After a scoreless sixth inning by Yorktown, sophomore Claire Johnson finally had her moment to lift the team in the seventh.
With two outs and one runner on base, Johnson was 0-for-3 as she entered the batter’s box. The standout sophomore homered to centerfield and gave her team the needed cushion at 7-4.
“I knew immediately,” Johnson said. “I had that feeling, you just hit it hard and it goes.”
It was a moment that kids grow up dreaming of — hitting a home run to help your team win the state finals.
“I hit a grand slam last year in our sectional championship, but this is definitely more exciting,” Johnson said beaming.