SACRAMENTO Expectations were brought on Tokay Highs young team after finishing with a perfect record in the San Joaquin Athletic Association.
After being one strike away from winning in the bottom of the seventh inning, Tokay fell to Casa Robles of Orangevale 9-3 in extra innings Saturday in the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs at the Sacramento Softball Complex.
With two outs and a full count, Casa Robles Bailey Wilson belted the game-tying double, driving in Katy Kaestner and bringing sending the game into extra innings after the Tigers failed to score a run in the bottom of the seventh.
Casa Robles loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth. After Tokay starter Hilary Hirzel recorded a strikeout, a base hit from Katie Cleary knocked in Megan Schoenhardt, then Kaestner followed with a hit to bring in Beth Fernandez.
With the bases still loaded, Casa Robles starter Ashley Allen made it to third base on a Tokay error, scoring three runs and putting herself in scoring position. Allen later scored the Rams final run.
Tokay was able to hang tough throughout the game thanks to some stellar defensive play. Sophomore left fielder Terra Fraser twice threw runners out at first base.
They just hit the ball, Tokay coach Rick Vollstedt said.
The Tigers inexperienced squad was nervous from the start.
Hirzel was nervous, along with the rest of our team, Vollstedt said.
Tokay also gives the SJAA something to be nervous about next year because the Tigers only lose two seniors from their roster.
When I was driving up here, I started to realize all the girls were driving up here with permits, Vollstedt said. Most of the team cant even drive.
Casa Robles started out the game with a run in the first inning but Tokay answered back in the bottom of the first with a run to tie it up.
The Rams added another run in the second inning to take the lead, but the Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth to make the game 3-2.
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