With the score knotted at 0 after three innings, the Tiger defense committed three errors in the fourth inning that led to La Jolla Country Day's run.
Taking the loss on the mound was Lindsay Lugo, who gave up only two hits.
"I expected a lot from our girls, but this is a whole other level. And it sure wasn't the way we wanted to end our season," said Witte, whose team's 7-5 IVL mark was good enough for third place. "This was a very tough loss for us. But it in no way takes away from what we accomplished this season.
"This is a very young team we have here. And yes, we did have a great season, but I expect more of the same next year and over the next few years."
Horizon 4, Holtville 2
SAN DIEGO — An 11-strikeout performance by Lauren Huyler wasn't enough to carry the Holtville High softball team to the semifinals of the CIF San Diego Section Division IV playoffs as it lost 4-2 to No. 3 seed Horizon in the quarterfinals here Tuesday.
Despite only giving up four hits, it was a three-run sixth inning by Horizon (13-10) that was the difference and ended the Vikings' season.
Leading No. 6 seed Holtville (14-7, 7-5 Imperial Valley League) were Josie Silva going 2-for-3 with an RBI and Regan Rothfleisch with a solo home run. Michelle Strahm scored the Vikings' other run.
Holtville finished the regular season third in the IVL.