YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. - Erin Gray crushed a walk-off solo home run over the center-field fence in the bottom of the eighth to propel second-seeded Yorktown to a thrilling 9-8 win over visiting No. 7 Clarkstown South in the Section 1 Class AA quarterfinals on Tuesday.
"I was really nervous," Gray admitted. "The whole team really battled back so well after being down by five. We all wanted it so bad. I really just wanted to hit a hard line drive and I did. It just happened to go over the fence. After I hit it I felt amazing. Running around the bases I was yelling because it felt so good to win a battle like this game. It's been about four hours after the game and I still am on a rush."
The Vikings held an 8-3 lead but Reilly Koch's three-run homer cut the deficit to 8-6 in the bottom of the sixth inning. Yorktown tied the game with two runs in the seventh.
"What really drove us to the win is that we weren't ready to lose," Gray said. "We knew we could go so much farther than this and we have come too far as a team for it to end today. Plus during sectionals we are always playing for our seniors. Maddy (Wrubel) came up to me before my last at bat and said, 'I have so much confidence in you.' And I knew then that we weren't going home with a loss today."
Yorktown will host sixth-seeded Mamaroneck tomorrow in the semifinals with the time to be determined.