Mavericks outlast Falcons in nearly 3-hour, 23-run battle

A big seventh inning gives Mountain View plenty of insurance in its second win over Vallivue this season.

tphibbs@idahostatesman.comApril 12, 2014 

Dakoda Lee went 3-for-4 from the plate with six RBIs to help Mountain View knock off Vallivue for the second time this season.

IDAHO STATESMAN

— There's oodles too be done in preparation for the memorable evening that is prom.

So, naturally, the day before, Mountain View embarked on a 23-run marathon lasting nearly three hours.

"I thought, 'Oh boy, we're going to play into their Saturday morning prom activities,' " Mavericks coach Tim Souza said Friday at Vallivue. "The kids nowadays, they'll do stuff at 6 in the morning - breakfast at someone's house. It's like 24 hours. That's not what it was like when I went to prom."

The dance could wait. This was a game Mountain View desperately needed to remain a part of the continuous jockeying atop the 5A SIC standings. The Mavericks shrugged off increasing fatigue with six runs in the top of the seventh to hold off Vallivue 15-8 for their second win over the Falcons this season.

"Being able to beat Vallivue twice, as good as they are this year - we're fortunate," Souza said. "We're trying not to pay too much attention to the records, because we know how tough this league is going to be this year. There are so many good teams that you can't overlook anybody. But going through a grind and playing nearly a three-hour game is definitely good to play. It's good to have those type of experiences."

Vallivue (10-3, 7-3) slung Mountain View an early 2-0 deficit in the first, when Amanda Skogsberg and Savannah Hinshaw drove in consecutive runs. The punch didn't faze Courtney Moore, who pitched every inning in her sixth game back from shoulder surgery.

"We had her going the whole way," Souza said, noting they'll monitor her reaction after her highest pitch count of the season. "Her shoulder, coming back from her surgery, is showing to be stronger than it was before she left. She's going to be a workhorse for us - I doubt she'd let me take her out anyway."

The Mavericks (12-2, 8-2) captured their first lead with a four-run third, courtesy of four walks and a two-run single by Dakoda Lee, who battled through a 15-pitch at-bat. Lee finished with six RBIs, including three in the fourth to balloon Mountain View's edge to 9-3.

"She's becoming more of a clutch hitter for us. She's put two back-to-back games where she's come through in key situations," Souza said. "She seems to be doing it with two outs most of the time. Two outs, and there's Dakoda again. She wears No. 2, so maybe that's something to do with it? She's a patient hitter and an aggressive hitter at the same time."

Vallivue crawled back to within one after several uncharacteristic Maverick errors and a three-run double by Skogsberg, but never reclaimed the lead.

Trevor Phibbs: 377-6424,Twitter: @IDS_Phibbs

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