Secrist enjoys highs of minor league career

Thursday, July 19, 2001 at 1:00am

You could say it was one sweet swing for Reed Secrist.

Rounding first base, the Nashville Sounds' Secrist thrust his right arm into the air toward the baseball gods. That was the exclamation point to his game-winning, opposite-field home run that beat the Tacoma Rainers 5-4 in 10 innings Tuesday night at Greer Stadium.

The Sounds and Rainers play the series finale tonight at 7.

The blast, the thrust and touching home plate with the winning run to a standing ovation was a wonderful moment for Sounds' players and fans, who only have had spurts of glory this season, as the team is in last place in the Pacific Coast League East Division.

"After we had lost seven straight (games) at home, we needed something," said Secrist, a 10-year veteran minor leaguer. I didn't do much earlier with the bases loaded. It was my first career walk-off (game-winning) home run."

Secrist spoke some 20 minutes or so after the dramatic home run, well after the heat of the moment and emotions subsided. By then, he had helped parade his sons

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