Mountain View softball rallies past Redmond

Cougars post three runs in seventh to log IMC win

Bulletin staff report

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.”

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