BOISE — The Borah and Mountain View baseball teams combined for 40 hits during their two-game series to close out the 5A Southern Idaho Conference's regular season.
Perhaps the biggest of those hits belonged to Mountain View junior Auggie Francis, whose two-run bomb traveled an estimated 340 feet over the left-field wall at Borah's Wigle Field on Tuesday.
It was the final hit of a five-run fifth inning that gave Mountain View a 12-0 victory, a split of the season series and the No. 4 seed in the 5A District Three Tournament.
"That was the first home run I've ever hit on a big field, so it felt pretty good," Francis said.
The Mavericks (13-9, 12-6) need all the momentum they can capture heading into Saturday's first round of district play.
With Capital and Eagle assured spots in the state tournament thanks to a 1-2 finish during the regular season, only two more state berths are up for grabs among eight teams. Mountain View is the second-highest seed in the double-elimination bracket behind Rocky Mountain (15-7, 13-5).
"This might be one for the ages. There are a lot of good teams," Mountain View coach Matt Rasmussen said. "We're hoping to be one of those teams standing, but we're going to have to play good baseball."
The Mavericks hammered out 12 hits in Monday's 8-5 loss to the Lions, and managed the same number again Tuesday to avoid the sweep, proving it takes more than consistency to pull ahead in a tight 5A SIC.
Entering Tuesday's matchup, Borah (14-7, 11-7) had won six consecutive games and 13-of-15, but wound up as the No. 5 team in the conference.
"We've just got to put this behind us," Borah coach Wes McAllaster said. "I'm just disappointed that we didn't show up, but I'm hoping that it was just Senior Night and the whole hoopla of all that and we got distracted."
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