HOLTVILLE — For the Holtville High School softball team it was a case of deja vú all over again.
One year after being knocked from the San Diego Section playoffs by a team from Valley Center, the Vikings fell to a team from Valley Center 4-2 in the first round of the San Diego Section Division III playoffs here Saturday.
"We came out and didn't play to our ability," said Holtville coach David Rodgers. "It happened last year also. They're a good team and they play in a good league."
Things seemed as if they would be different for the Vikings early in the game. Michelle Strahm led off the game with a single for Holtville. Three batters later she crossed home plate when Mykell Johnston grounded out to shortstop. The run spotted Viking starter Lauren Huyler a 1-0 lead after an inning. It was a lead Holtville would not hold for long.