In a contest that saw more swings than a playground, the Sun Valley 14-15 year-old Babe Ruth baseball team blew a 4-1 lead then, down to their last out, had to rally for a 7-6 home victory over Pasco this past Saturday.
"We pulled one out," said a relieved Tom Schmick, Sun Valley head coach.
Sun Valley starter Lane Pickel cruised through much of his five and two-third innings of work on the mound.
Working with a 4-1 lead, Pickel was the victim of some miscues in the field, as Pasco batted around for five runs in the top of the fourth inning. Two of the runs were unearned and Pasco suddenly led 6-4.
The guests made the margin hold up, while Alex Aguilar came on in relief for Sun Valley and pitched one and a third innings of shutout ball.
Down to their final three outs in the bottom of the seventh, Sun Valley finally broke through for good.
Patching together a rally on a couple of hits and a couple of Pasco errors, Sun Valley coaxed two runs to tie the contest at 6-6 in the seventh.
With two outs, and extra innings looming, Sun Valley's Justin Reyes delivered a hard shot to the third base side of the infield to bring in the winning run.
"The kids were ecstatic," Schmick said. "You never know, it's not over until the last out. I try to preach that to them."
Sun Valley practiced what Schmick preached, rallying for the win to improve its record to 4-2 on the season.
Reyes was 2-for-4 at the plate, including his game winning RBI, and teammate Jonathan Hysell knocked in two runs.
"The kids have a super attitude," said Schmick. "With a win like that they're pumped up and ready to play another game."
Sun Valley gets a chance to do just that at 5:30 p.m. today in Prosser. The Sunnyside squad returns home this Tuesday for a 5 p.m. tilt with Pasco.