2019 GA 7A State Champion Team Roster
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College Bound: Congratulations to Senior Kaylee George on her verbal commitment to further her educational and softball career at Shorter University. Way to represent Kaylee!!
Mountain View's Kaylee George
commits to Shorter University
Mountain View senior Kaylee George has made a commitment to the Shorter University softball program.
George, who also plays basketball for the Bears, is a three-year high school starter who plays shortstop and third base. The scholar-athlete has a 3.675 GPA. She is the daughter of David and Tracey George.
College Bound: Congratulations to graduating Senior Hannan Razeq on her commitment to further her educational and softball career at Berry College in Rome, GA. Way to represent Hannan!!
Mountain View’s Hannan Razeq
commits to Berry College softball
Mountain View junior Hannan Razeq has made a commitment to the Berry College fastpitch softball program. Razeq, a second baseman, is a three-year varsity starter for the Bears. She plays travel softball for Atlanta Premier 02-Ryman. The 4.0 GPA student also was Mountain View’s selection to the Gwinnett Diamond Club Academic All-County Team. She ranks in the top 3 percent of her class academically and a part of the Gwinnett Student Leadership Team.
“Hannan is a tremendous student-athlete who has been a huge asset to our program,” Mountain View head coach Mike Cason said. “She is a wonderful person whose work ethic both in the classroom and on the softball field is extremely impressive.”
Lady Bears are Champions!
The Lady Bears went 8-0 in the playoffs and won the Georgia AAAAAAA State Championship!
Congratulations to our players, coaches and fans!
Gwinnett Daily Post
Mountain View softball beats Grayson for high school's first state championship in any sport
LAWRENCEVILLE — It took approximately an extra 50 hours and 11 minutes and 150 miles, but Mountain View and Grayson finally completed their Class AAAAAAA state softball championship round that started Saturday in Columbus, only to be interrupted by rain.
As far as the Bears were concerned, it was worth the wait.
Sarah Currie and her Mountain View teammates managed to subdue whatever impatience and anticipation that they had dealt with the past two days and withstood the Rams’ attempt at a seventh-inning rally to finally put away a 3-1 victory Monday on their home field.
With three final outs completed in about 11 minutes, the Bears (25-9) finally ended a game they were on the verge of winning before the weather hit Saturday, and thus locking down the first state championship from any team since Mountain View High School opened in 2009.
They also were finally able to calm two days of high anxiety.
“Very much worth the wait,” said Currie (18-4), who completed a game she started Saturday that saw her limit Grayson (30-8) to just five hits and one earned run with three strikeouts, and went 2-for-2 with an RBI at the plate. “I will tell you that (Monday), I was stressed out. I had to get out and walk around classrooms and stuff, or else I was going to have a panic attack.”
Currie and her teammates weren’t the only ones dealing with the stress of waiting to finish what the hoped, but couldn’t be sure, would be inevitable.
“The most excruciating 48 hours in the history of softball,” Mountain View coach Mike Cason said. “Everybody … had serious levels of anxiety. The thing we kept telling them was, ‘Hey, whose shoes would you rather be in? Ours or (Grayson). You’ve got a two-run lead with an inning to go. If you’d have told us that back in July when we started (preseason practice), we certainly would’ve taken it.’
“We decided to come out and finish it, and thank goodness, we made a couple of plays, Sarah pitched like she has all through the postseason. I mean, what an unbelievable run to run through the postseason like she did. She just made big pitch after big pitch. She was phenomenal.”
It was actually Grayson’s Kylie Macy (22-4) who made the first big pitch when play resumed Monday by getting Olivia Valentour to swing and miss at a 2-2 offering for the second out of the inning, and then needing just four more pitches to fan Lauren Evens for the last of her eight strikeouts for the game. Macy scattered seven hits and allowed just two earned runs over six innings for the whole game.
But Currie came through with some key pitches to induce a grounder off the bat of Grayson’s Samantha Smith that senior second baseman Hannan Razeq calmly fielded for the first out of the top of the seventh — one that Currie admitted calmed every one dressed in Mountain View’s black and gold calm down a little.
“(The first out) helped me relax a lot,” Currie said. “If we didn’t get that first out, I probably would’ve been a little shaky.”
Currie then struck out Macy for the second out, but Grayson wasn’t about to go down without a fight.
Down in the count 1-2, South Carolina-committed shortstop Aaliyah White steered a single through the hole between first and second to bring the tying run to the plate.
The senior speedster then stole second to put herself in scoring position, leaving Currie to battle Rams right fielder Emma Davis by fouling off a 1-2 pitch of her own, and then sending a liner inside the left-field line that looked like it could be trouble off the bat.
But Kellie Ervin was positioned well and got a good jump on it to make a running catch that sent the Bears, and an enthusiastic crowd of parents, students and fans, into celebration mode.
“Yeah, the first team championship in school history. That means a lot,” Cason said. “This school hasn’t had a ton of athletic success, but we’ve made strides lately in a lot of sports. One of my thoughts has always been, why not us? Why can’t we build things and get to the upper echelon of Georgia high school sports just like some of our neighboring schools do? This proves that if you get a bunch of committed folks that are working hard and are on the same page, great things can happen.”
For Grayson, the loss, and thus coming up just short of the program’s first state championship since winning the AAA state title in 2003, was no less disappointing even though the Rams knew they were coming into the game with their backs to the wall.
But coach Bill Batchelor expressed nothing but admiration for the fight and belief his team had throughout the whole tournament, and into Monday’s completion.
“We knew our kids weren’t going to lay down,” Batchelor said. “We’re disappointed. This isn’t what we started our season for, and it’s going to hurt for a while. But hopefully, we can eventually look back and appreciate what they have accomplished.”
White and Davis each had two hits to lead the Rams over the entire championship game, while Kaylin Jones was 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI.
For the victorious Bears, Kaylee George finished the game 3-for-3 with an RBI, while Ervin and Ahmari Braden each added a hit, and Lexie Simonton drove in a run.