The play on the field wasn’t as important as the significance of the uniforms, but both were sharp.
Desert Vista won 2-1 at Mountain Pointe on Friday with a seventh-inning rally to bring to an end a passion plea for cancer awareness and a two-game sweep by the Thunder.
“It was a great game and a great cause,” Desert Vista coach Chris Crowl said. “What I was most impressed with was the character of our kids. When they (Mountain Pointe) scored that run (to tie it) we answered back like we have talked about doing all year long.”
The team two teams came together over the last week and raised money from the fellow students and had a donation jar at the games the last two days. They wore pink jerseys and there were plenty of matching bows in the players’ hair.
The Thunder (16-10) won their seventh straight game, including 7-0 over the Pride on Thursday, with a little late inning magic.
After the Pride (13-11) tied it on a fielder’s choice RBI groundout by Kerry Sheehan in the bottom of the sixth, winning pitcher Danielle Block led off the seventh with a single off Kristen McCann.
Gabby Rivas walked after the runner on first was sacrificed to second. Leadoff hitter Naomi Riccotti singled to right to load the bases before Michaela Duarte’s grounder to third scored the winning run when the defender got the force out at third instead of coming home with the throw.
“Last year we went into extra innings and they beat us,” Desert Vista catcher Ali Cerminara said. “We wanted to end it in seven.”
Desert Vita was able to do that when Block (13-5) induced a pop up to second for the final out with the tying running on third.
Block allowed five hits, no walks, an earned run and struck out three.
The Pride played a much better game after committing seven errors in Thursday’s loss. First-year coach James Bradford isn’t about consolation prizes. A loss is a loss, but he did like the resiliency the team showed in playing the Thunder to the final out.
“We cut down the errors and it gave the pitcher confidence,” Bradford said. “Give it to DV. They got the hits, made the pitches and outcoached us.”
McCann did her part as the sophomore allowed six hits, walked two and struck out five.
Brooke Burchfield had two hits for Mountain Pointe, while McCann had a double. Desert Vista’s Brooke Hughes had two hits, while Cerminara added a single and a fielder’s choice RBI in the first inning.
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