For the first time in the history of the Montverde Academy Invitational Softball Tournament (MAIST), the MVA softball team earned the runner up title after a close 4-6 game against East Lake High School. Yani Guzman hit extremely well this weekend. Genesis Aviles and Isabela Martins both hit homeruns with Aviles hitting two, one on Thursday and one in the championship game.
The first game of the tournament was handled by the Lady Eagles in a dominating fashion. Senior Whitney Ellis hit a line-drive single to the fence, followed by Claire Prudhomme singling on a 0-2 count to score one run. The Eagles earned six more runs in the fifth inning, with big plays from Shaela Bybee with a single, a home run by Genesis Aviles and an error on a ball put in play by Yani Guzman. Trinity Whitfield was the winning pitcher for the Eagles, allowing four hits and three runs over five innings, and striking out two for a final score of 13-3.
In the semi-final game against Clay High School, the Eagles started the first inning with a double from Claire Prudhomme, bringing in one run. The Eagles would continue their scoring in the third inning led by Genesis Aviles and Bailey Johnson, who each had RBIs in the inning. In the seventh inning, Clay scored three late runs, but the Eagles managed to weather the storm with incredible defensive plays from Shaela Bybee, for a final score of 8-5.
The Eagles took an early lead in the championship game against East Lake High School, who were the State Runner Up last year in Class 8A. East Lake tied things up at three on a single with a 0-2 count, to score one run. They then hit a home run adding two more points to their lead. The lady Eagles were able to score a final run to make the score 4-6, but couldn't get through East Lake's pitching.
"This was a great experience for our team and for the first time our girls made it the championship game," said Head Coach Caitlin Griffis. "We have a lot of work ahead of us but the team is eager to win and play together."