And even though she gave it her all yet again, history repeated itself as Syracuse won the game in extra innings 3-2 Thursday afternoon.
“She did everything right this game,” said Viking coach Tiffany Randall. “She gave the defense opportunities and really only made one mistake pitch.
“It’s unfortunate that we took another tough loss, but we’re moving forward from here.”
The mistake pitch Randall referred to happened right at the start of the game. With Syracuse hitting, Tyteca had allowed a single and a force out to put a runner on first base with one out. Three pitches later she gave up a two-run home run to quickly fall behind two runs.
Viewmont mounted a comeback in the third and fourth innings, scoring a run each to tie the game.
In the top of the third, Tyteca worked a four-pitch walk and was forced out when Cina Cummings reached base. Two batters later, Kalli Randall lined a triple to right field bringing in Cummings.
In the fourth inning Viewmont scored the tying run thanks to an error by Syracuse. With Kaylin Street on first base, Holly Ritz lined a single to right field that scored Street to tie the game.
Tyteca and her pitching opponent never gave in after those runs were scored. From the second to the seventh inning, Tyteca allowed two Syracuse hits while only one Titan batter was able to reach third base. She’d also struck out the last two batters in the seventh to extend the game.
“She got a lot of ground ball outs for us today,” said Randall. “She’s a great pitcher for our team and she always gives the defense the easy plays.”
She was also a presence at the plate. In all four of her plate appearances she walked; once intentionally when Viewmont was threatening to score.
The final run came in the bottom of the eighth inning due to a throwing error. With a runner on second base, Tyteca forced a groundout, then the defense extended the inning by throwing out the runner at home while attempting to score. After an intentional walk, the game was thought by many to go another inning after a grounder was forced by Tyteca.
Unfortunately, a throwing error forced in the winning run and the Titans now hold a two-game lead in Region 1 with just two games to play.
Tyteca finished with a complete game, allowing three runs (two earned) while striking out six and walking four. Kalli Randall finished the game going two-for-four at the plate with a double, a triple and an RBI.
The loss puts the Vikings in a tie for second place in Region 1. They’ll hit the road again today to face Northridge before wrapping up their regular season at home against Weber.