We all know the dream. You're up to bat in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs, a full count and runners in scoring position. You dig your feet deep into the dirt, swing your tightly clinched bat and make solid contact — game over.
For Taylorsville's Zac Stepp, this childhood dream became a reality as he ripped a walk-off single to left field as the Warriors defeated region foe Viewmont, 3-2.
"It was a great hit. Zac's a really hard-working kid and he does a lot for our team. He has been struggling lately and working through some issues, so it was good to see him finally put some offensive plan together and come through for us," said head coach Jake Brown.
Up until the seventh inning, Taylorsville struggled to connect offensively against Viewmont pitcher Brendan Jensen as he limited the Warriors to just one hit while striking out nine batters.
"For six innings of that game, he (Jensen) executed what he did and we were kind of behind him, trying to figure what he was doing instead of focusing on what we were doing. He was very good today," Brown added.
Viewmont scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning off Isaac Evans' deep double to center field and Travis Henderson's sacrifice fly to take the lead.
Larenz Stansfield and reliever Kyle Hoffman held the Vikings scoreless the rest of the way, keeping the Warriors' hopes of a comeback alive.
"Kyle has been great for us all year. He is a senior, he is a leader and he is probably our best player. We count on him in that role," Brown said.
Stansfield and Hoffman combined for eight strikeouts and kept Viewmont's bats quiet until the Warriors could make some noise.
After Hoffman quickly retired the side without giving up any more runs, the Warriors came out in the bottom of the seventh ready to attack.
Miguel Othon started the inning off with a walk, which Wyatt Caso followed with a line-drive single to finally give Taylorsville some momentum.
Kenneth Atwood's grounder to second, which the Vikings threw to first instead of trying to get either of the leading runners, put both of them in scoring position.Comment on this story
Jake Greenberg then singled to shallow center field, bringing home both runners and tying the game at 2-2. Greenberg later advanced to third off a groundout to second base as Stepp came up to the plate with two outs and drove the nail in the coffin for the Warriors.
"We certainly don't want to be known for this or put in this situation often," Brown said. "But it is for nice for us to know in the future that late in the game we are capable of coming back and winning a game late in the seventh just like this.
"I think going forward it is something that gives us confidence, but at the same time we have to make sure it is not something that we are known for."