Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Alison Lundberg slides safely into home in a recent game against Pinewood. The Spartans won 15-0.
The Mountain View High girls softball team is not only young but missing two starters, so coach Dave Campbell wasn’t about to guarantee his Spartans would win league or make the playoffs. But the one bold prediction he made last week has come true.
“My expectations are to cause some problems for other teams in the league,” Campbell said Thursday morning. “Look for us to upset a higher-seeded team or two as the year winds down.”
Later that day, Mountain View did just that. The visiting Spartans stunned Milpitas 1-0.
Mountain View entered the game as the fourth-place team in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division at 3-3, while the Trojans sat alone atop the standings at 6-0.
The Spartans scored in the sixth inning, which began with senior captain Brittany Baldwin reaching base on a walk. She moved to second on a two-out single by catcher Alison Lundberg. Junior captain Alison Fanton then scorched a single down the first-base line, scoring Baldwin.
The Mountain View defense took care of the rest. Sophomore pitcher Reanna Lancaster kept Milpitas in check for two more innings to earn the shutout victory. The sophomore southpaw allowed just three hits and walked only one batter in the game.
Lancaster received ample aid from her defense, according to Campbell. The outfield – sophomore Athena Bolin and freshmen Katie Moran and Serena Smith – “was too fast to let anything drop,” the coach said, with Bolin and Moran making “highlight-reel catches on the run and jump.”
The infield contributed to the cause as well, Campbell noted, as junior shortstop Nicole Nakahama and first baseman Fanton played “stellar defense.” Fanton made a diving catch on a pop-up bunt in the third.
A day earlier, Mountain View clipped Cupertino 4-3. Bolin earned the win in relief, pitching two scoreless innings. The visiting Spartans trailed 3-1 after the first inning, but tied the game in the second and won it in the seventh. Moran – pinch running for junior Jordana Bischoff, who reached first on a fielder’s choice – stole second, advanced to third on Lancaster’s single and scored the winning run as the Pioneers caught Lancaster in a rundown.
Mountain View (6-7 overall) is on spring break until Saturday, when it is scheduled to open play in the Half Moon Bay Tournament.