One more step for Lady Lions

By: Staff Report
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The Valley Christian Academy softball team took one more step in its quest to be a section championship team Saturday. After losing by a single run in the semifinal round last season, this year's Lions came from behind to win their semifinal contest before falling in the title game. "We are focusing on the win today," said Valley Christian coach Shawnda Bowen. "Every year we get a step closer. Hopefully next year we can take another step." VCA started slowly in the Saturday morning semifinal, getting down 4-0 before rallying in the fifth frame. A two-out four-run outburst drew the Lions even, but they still need to do it again, scoring two in the seventh to beat Millenium 6-5. Midori Bounds pitched well for Valley Christian, and kept her team close enough for Brianna Flood to provide the seventh inning heroics. "It was a great way to end her senior year," Bowen said regarding Flood's game-winning hit. Flood singled home Keri McClintock to provide VCA with its margin of victory. McClintock had a pair of doubles for the Lions, as did Bounds to pace the offensive attack. Abby Moore added a triple. Valley Christian got an emotional lift from the presence of junior Carly Gish, who had broken her nose at a Friday practice, but returned to action for Saturday's games. "We played really awesome (against Millenium) and I was hoping the momentum would carry over into the next game," Bowen said. The championship final followed Saturday soon after the completion of the win over Millenium. The Lions could not match Jim Elliott Christian, which continued its domination of Division VII in the Sac-Jaoquin Section with its 14-0 win over VCA in that title game. Bounds had two more hits in the contest, but Valley Christian managed just three as a team as it fell one win short of the crown.