One out away from her team’s first victory of the season, Summit left fielder Emma Sullivan had one focus as a fly ball came her way.
“I forgot everything and just thought ‘catch it, catch it, catch it,’” said Sullivan, who snagged the final out, and the Storm celebrated an 11-10 win Wednesday at Mountain View.
Summit, winless in 13 previous games, and Mountain View, winless in 14, both entered the Mountain Valley Conference matchup seeking their first victory of 2019.
It was the first of two scheduled meetings this season between the two crosstown foes.
“This one we really, really wanted it because it was Mountain View,” said Summit sophomore Grace Dealy, who was 2-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs. “I think we wanted it more than the other games. Sometimes we just give up, but because it was Mountain View we wanted it so bad.”
The Storm scored two runs in the first inning and six in the second to take an 8-0 lead.
Tiana Waller scored Summit’s first run of the game, reaching on a fielder’s choice, stealing second base and then coming home on a single by Dealy.
The Storm took advantage of two Mountain View errors in the second. But Dealy, Sullivan, Arwen Clemans and Ashley Compton all had RBI hits in the inning.
The Cougars began chipping away at Summit’s lead in the third inning, scoring two unearned runs.
Mountain View added two more runs in the fifth. Nikki Young singled to lead off the inning and then scored on an error. Olivia Keane reached on an error and then scored from third base on a double steal.
Dealy drove in Kaitlin Yeomans with a ground ball to second base to expand Summit’s lead to 9-4 in the sixth inning. But the Storm left the bases loaded.
And the Cougars answered with six runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead.
Keane singled and scored the tying run on a wild pitch. Caitlin Fredig, who was 3-for-4 at the plate, then drove in Sara McLean with a ground ball through the middle.
But Mountain View could not finish off the Storm in the seventh, committing three more fielding errors. Compton scored the tying run, and Gabriella Shirtcliff scored what proved to be the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Morgan Smart.
Clemans, who pitched all seven innings for Summit, then retired the Cougars 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning.
“The girls needed it,” Summit coach Brady Bedsworth said of getting the first win. “I feel bad for Mountain View because they need it too. They’re in the same situation, but of course I’m a little bit happier. Obviously we’ve had a tough season. We moved to 6A (up from Class 5A) and they have great teams in 6A. We’re a real young team.”
Summit started six freshmen, one sophomore and two seniors in Wednesday’s game.
The Cougars had five underclassmen in their starting lineup.
Both coaches were happy to see their teams compete after getting run-ruled in so many games.
“It was really awesome because I know these girls are capable of it,” Mountain View coach Sarah Stacy said. “It was awesome to see them see that in themselves. We just need to keep staying positive, have good sportsmanship, just be an encouragement to each other and just keep our heads up because they’ve got the talent. They’ve got the ability. We’re young. It’s just a matter of getting there.”
The two teams play again May 10 at Summit.
“We’re going to bring it,” Stacy said, referring to the rematch. “We didn’t show up the first inning. We got started a little too late.”
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