There are few things more thrilling than a walk-off homer. A walk-off homer in the playoffs is one. A walk-off grand slam for a berth in the state tournament? That’s a whole different level.
Hoekstra’s hit in the bottom of the seventh earned Roosevelt a 7-4 victory against Mitchell in the South Dakota Class A state tournament. And he certainly knew how to celebrate with his teammates.
The shot obscured a squeeze run in the top of the seventh that had given Mitchell a gutsy, one-run lead. Few will ever remember at this point thanks to Hoekstra’s big time shot.