CANTON — Mountain View’s softball team earned its first trip to Columbus in the state softball playoffs, sweeping host Cherokee in Wednesday’s Class AAAAAAA second round.

The Bears won Game 1 by a narrow 8-7 margin, then defeated Cherokee 10-5 in the nightcap.

"I am so proud of our girls,” Mountain View coach Mike Cason said. “Our staff challenged them from Day 1 to raise the bar for Mountain View softball and they have certainly responded. Most wins in school history, highest region finish ever and now our first ever trip to Columbus."

Sarah Currie pitched two complete games, struck out 14 and walked just one, gutting out the latter innings with a blister on her foot. She also had three hits and an RBI double in the series.

Freshman Ahmari Braden had six hits in the two games, and hit for the cycle in Game 2. She finished with five runs scored and three RBIs.

Lauren Evens contributed four hits, two doubles and two RBIs, Hannan Razeq had three hits (including a home run) and four RBIs and Kaylee George had two hits, two RBIs and was hit by a pitch three times.

Mountain View (21-9) also got two hits, including a home run, and three RBIs from Lexie Simonton, two hits and an RBI from Brooke Finley and two hits from Olivia Valentour.

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