Brian Hayward quoted one of his players to sum up Friday’s win best: “Now THAT’S how you go into Civil War week.”
Trailing 10-8 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, Mountain View rallied for three runs, capped by Maddie Leighton’s two-out, two-run single to send the Cougars to an 11-10 Intermountain Conference softball win over Redmond.
“There’s no other way to say it,” said Hayward, Mountain View’s co-head coach. “It was amazing.”
Leighton finished the game 3 for 5 for the Cougars (5-1 IMC, 12-9 overall), who will carry the walk-off victory into next week’s three-game series against Bend. Carriann Elms went 4 for 4 with two home runs, Jenna Henninger had three doubles, and Payton Rasmussen was 2 for 4.
“It was huge,” Hayward said of the win. “It was really, really big. It was a total team effort. In the past, Redmond has been a milestone win for us. ... They’re a team our girls have wanted to beat for the longest time.”
Kaitlin Ross and Hailey Burress each went 2 for 2 for Redmond (4-5, 7-16), Sarah Matlock and Monica Reed both had two hits, and Jeaneva Senko smacked a two-run double.
“That was a great, great ballgame to be a part of,” Hayward said. “One that I’ll remember for a long time.”