Mountain View cruises to district championship in softball

A 13-run, nine-hit third inning assures the Mavs the league's top seed

rroberts@idahostatesman.comMay 8, 2014 

MERIDIAN - On the one-year anniversary of reconstructive surgery to her right shoulder, Courtney Moore was finally feeling like her old self again.

It couldn't have been much more apparent Wednesday night.

The Mountain View High senior righty struck out seven and hit a three-run home run to spur the Mavericks to a 19-2 victory in five innings over Boise in the 5A District Three softball championship game at Rocky Mountain.

"I thought that I wasn't going to be able to play, but coming out here and having my teammates and my best friends behind my back, it was just an all-round great game and everyone did their best," Moore said.

Moore was cleared to play three months earlier than expected - just in time for the start of the 2013-14 season.

Moore and senior teammates Taurie Pogue (wrist) and Courtney Chase (shoulder) each missed all or portions of last year, and the Mavericks failed to make state.

They're doing their best to make up for lost time.

After giving up one run on three hits in the top of the first inning, the Mavericks scored three runs in their half of the inning and 13 more in the bottom of the third. They finished with 17 hits, including 4-for-4 performances from Chase and Dakoda Lee.

"We haven't had this many hits and this many runs in a while, so it was nice to see this happen in the championship game, for sure," Mountain View coach Tim Souza said. "We started off the year pretty hot with the bats and scoring a lot of runs and then teams figured us out and we had to make adjustments."

The Mavericks (22-3) collected their second district championship in three seasons and secured the league's No. 1 seed at the 5A state tournament.

Mountain View will open state play against the District Five-Six runner-up at 11 a.m. May 16 at the Skyview Softball Complex in Nampa.

It will be the first time the 5A state tournament has been in the Treasure Valley since fastpitch was sanctioned by the Idaho High School Activities Association in 1997.

"It's so awesome. It's senior year and my family can finally come," said Pogue, who has signed to play for Cal. "It's not like an eight-hour bus trip. It's so exciting. I love the Skyview fields. It's just going to be fun."

Boise (13-12), which entered the district tournament as the No. 7 seed and landed in the title game with upsets of No. 2 Vallivue and No. 3 Eagle, advances to state as the league's No. 2 seed.

"Last year Boise knocked us out at districts, so we didn't get to go to state," Pogue said. "I'm happy they're going, too. They deserve it."

Rounding out the state field for District Three are Eagle (18-6) and Rocky Mountain (14-11).

"I don't think state has been won by a (5A) SIC team for quite a while," Souza said. "We're looking forward to defending our home area."

Rachel Roberts: 377-6422, Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX

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