REDMOND — Sluggish in its loss in the first game, a re-energized Mountain View squad got its bats going in the second contest to score 22 runs and salvage a split with Redmond High in an Intermountain Conference softball doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at Redmond High School.
The Panthers took the first game, 4-3, as Jeaneva Senko scored on a passed ball in the sixth inning for what would turn out to be the winning run.
Savanah O’Neil had two hits to lead Redmond in the victory, and Sarah Matlock pitched a complete game, scattering six hits and allowing just one earned run.
“It was one of our better pitching performances this year,” said Redmond coach Tom Mauldin.
Jenna Henninger and Jackie Phillips each had two hits for the Cougars in the loss.
In the second game, Mountain View bounced back for a dominating 22-4 victory.
The Cougars (4-1 IMC, 11-9 overall) scored three runs in the first inning and eight in the second to take a commanding 11-1 lead. Mountain View then scored 11 runs in the fifth inning, going through the lineup twice.
Carriann Elms was 4 for 5 with four RBIs to lead Mountain View, and Jensen Logan added three hits for the Cougars. Hannah Wicklund, Jamie Withrow and Payton Rasmussen each had two hits to help put away Redmond (4-4, 7-15).
“I really am proud of my girls this year,” said Mountain View co-coach Brian Hayward. “People are starting to know us as a team that can hit. I was frustrated in the first game. They left the bats in the bat bags, and then in the second game, they decided to pull them out.”