Mountain View softball wins Dorado Classic tournament
Two changes in direction. One tournament championship.
The Mountain View softball team played in Red Mountain ‘s Lion Country Classic a few times in the past few years – including last year – but Toros coach Joe Goodman wanted to switch things up a bit this year and see some schools they otherwise wouldn’t normally face outside of another random tournament, or (in a couple cases) the state tournament.
So Mountain View played in the Dorado Classic last weekend to begin the season, and that move made the Toros look much the wiser.
Outscoring six opponents a combined 29-1 (Boulder Creek twice, Riverside (Texas), Buena, Pinnacle and Canyon del Oro), the Toros won the tournament championship in Tucson last weekend, capped by a 3-0 win against Canyon del Oro.
This included a couple games in 40-degree weather, and a close call came against Pinnacle, a 1-0 victory in which the Toros’ Kaity Sanders accounted for the game’s lone run on a bunt single-turned error which allowed her to eventually score in the first inning.
As she did most of last season and nearly all this tournament, Val Kaff’s pitching and the Toros defense did the rest. Kaff won six games and allowed one run in nearly 40 inning of work.
Sanders and Brittney Lindblom both hit .400 during the tournament and junior slugger Sidney Ryan hit three home runs, but its speed and “small ball” which proved successful early on and is another departure from the Mountain View teams of the past couple years. It’s often been 3-4 sluggers in the middle of the lineup hitting gaps or home runs to account for Mountain View’s offense.
“At the end of last year we talked about having good ‘contact’ and speed players and looked at Red Mountain as good team to emulate,” Goodman said, noting a state tournament matchup when Red Mountain loaded the bases without a ball leaving the infield. ” They have a lot of speed. It was something we talked about and worked at it, and we have the personnel this year to do it.”