Union/Cove centerfielder Chelsea Houck successfully lays down the bunt that allowed shortstop Keesha Sarman to score the final run of the game in the sixth inning to beat Regis. The Lady Cats clinched the win as a result of the OSAA’s 10-run mercy rule. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
Lady Cat sophomore goes 3-for-3 at the plate, throws a one-hitter to fuel opening round victory
Throughout each practice leading up to its playoff opener against Regis, Union/Cove head coach Paul Phillips constantly emphasized the importance of scoring early runs to put immediate pressure on the opposition.
Kindra Moore responded, clubbing a two-run home run that bounced off the top of the fence, then over to score. The Lady Cats never looked back and remained in complete control of the entire game at home to win 10-0 in six innings Wednesday.
“My mind was very clear heading to the plate,” Moore said. “That was also the first time my dad saw me hit, so it was pretty exciting afterward.”
Moore added that she was confused while running the bases and unsure of whether she’d actually hit the homer.
“I didn’t know it was over the fence until I heard coach say, ‘keep running,’ and I was confused,” Moore said. “Then I saw it over the fence and didn’t know what happened. They told me it bounced over, and I was very surprised.”
Viki McCabe hit a double later in the first that scored Keesha Sarman, giving the Lady Cats a 3-0 lead. Union/Cove went on to score three runs in both the second and third innings as well to take a 9-0 lead, then were unable to score in the fourth and fifth innings before finally invoking the mercy rule in the sixth inning. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth, Chelsea Houck laid down what Phillips called a “suicide squeeze bunt” to score Sarman, who screamed in sheer delight after scoring the final run.
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