It will be hard to top this game as the game of the year.
Down 10-7 going to the bottom of the eighth inning, the varsity showed no quit Friday against defending champion Homestead, hitting line drives all over the field and rallying for four runs to win 11-10. The players easily could have hung their heads after giving up the three runs in the top half of the eighth, but to their credit they did not.
Instead, Amelia Dunn opened the inning with a line single to right-center. Rachel Vais hit a shot to left-center that skipped by the center fielder and rolled to the wall. Dunn scored and Vais reached second. With one out, Brytni Cook fouled off numerous pitches with two strikes and coaxed a walk. Ashley Mains then hit a two-strike double on a screaming line drive over the shortstop’s head to tie the game. Madeline Colombo hit an infield single between third and short, and Emma Rochel ended the game by bouncing a ground-rule double over the fence in left.
Rochel was 3x5 in the game with a 2B and 3 RBI. Vais was 3x5 with a 2B and two RBI. Dunn was 1x3 with two walks and three runs scored. Mains had a double, Kaelyn Gasvoda a double and Maddy Lucey a double.
The varsity followed that win up the next day with another extra-inning win, scoring three times in the International Tie-breaker to beat Monterey 8-6 in third-round action of the Charlie Miguel Tournament at West Valley College.
Sam Holmgren hit a monsterous three-run home run in the first inning of that game and finished the day with two hits and six RBI. Dunn was 2x3, Vais 2x4 with two runs scored, Sydney Tucker 2x4 with a double and three runs, Mains 1x3 and Colombo 1x3.
Los Gatos plays two leagues this week, facing Monta Vista Wednesday and Santa Clara Friday.
The varsity softball team racked up two wins this week, scoring 34 runs on 30 hits to improve its record to 4-2.
Rachel Vais had two hits, including a double, and Sydney Tucker had an RBI double to help lead the Cats to a 14-1 victory over Lincoln Wednesday in the team's first home game. The next day, Sam Holmgren had four hits, including a two-run home run and a two-run double in an 11-run first inning, as Los Gatos belted Santa Cruz 20-4.
Madeline Colombo and Emma Rochel had three hits each in the win over Santa Cruz, and Maddy Lucey, Tucker and Ashley Mains had two hits each in the 21-hit attack.
Los Gatos is off until next Friday, March 21, when it hosts rival Saratoga in its DeAnza League opener.