Playing as the lone representative from Cache Valley, the Mustangs won their fifth straight game with a 6-5 victory over Bountiful on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the girls 4A state softball tournament.
“That was a really big win for us,” Mountain Crest head coach Mike Anderson said. “Everybody right now is hitting the ball hard and you can get hurt in any part of our order.”
Kenzie Rasmussen blew the game open for the Mustangs in the third inning, hitting a grand slam over the outfield fence to give Mountain Crest a 5-1 lead in the third inning.
“She is seeing the ball well,” Anderson said. “It’s fun to see that in a hitter, you can almost tell in her eyes when they’re seeing the ball really well. She has a bit of confidence to her and it’s a good time to be getting hot.”
Rasmussen finished 2-for-4 with a double and a home run and four RBI’s as part of a 13-hit day for Mountain Crest that saw eight different batters recorded at least one hit.
The Mustangs added another run in the fourth for a 6-1 cushion, and Jordan Smith pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the fourth, giving up just one run to preserve the lead.
“Jordan pitched a great game,” Anderson said. “Bountiful has five slap hitters that are all left-handed and have lots of speed. She kept them off balance. … She calmed down and did what she needs to do. She keeps her composure really good out there.”
The Braves managed eight hits, mounting a last ditch effort in the bottom of the seventh inning. Bountiful picked up three runs in the inning, but came up short against the veteran Smith.
Mountain Crest remained in the winners’ bracket of the tournament, advancing to face Provo – Region 8’s No. 2 seed – after the Bulldogs upset Herriman. The teams met in the first game of the season, with the Mustangs coming away with a 3-0 win despite recording just one hit.
First pitch is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21 at 6:45 p.m. a Valley Complex in Salt Lake City.
“The kids are gelling as a team and it’s fun to see as a coach that they’re coming together and every is hoping for everyone else,” Anderson said. They’re putting the team in front of their individual statistics which is an awesome part of what’s going on right now.”