MOSCOW, ID- Moscow softball senior Amanda Pouchnik launched a two run opposite field home run.. to help lift the bears to an 11-1 win over Lakeland in their first game of the District Tournament.
“My approach at the plate was really trying to be on time with the pitcher," Pouchnik said.
"With having a slower pitcher, I was really trying to take that opposite field because I tend to pull it, so just listening to my coaches doing what they tell me to do, and doing what my team needs me.”
Pouchnik’s home run wasn’t the only clutch at bat of the game. It was an entire team effort both in the batter's box and on the field.
“Everyone puts in 110 percent on every play, we’re a great team together, perfect chemistry, and we just pick each other up all the time," Pouchnik said.
The senior also had high praise for her teammate on the mound.
“Kelly is an amazing pitcher, she’s probably the best pitcher I've ever played with. She spots the ball really well, she has a great change of speeds with her changeup.”
The bears have been firing on all cylinders this season. They went undefeated in league play. earned the no.1 seed in the District Tournament, and are seeking their first state tournament in 10 years. Pouchnik believes this year's team has what it takes.
“We've had these groups of girls together for a while, we have most of the girls from our club team and then a couple sprinkled in that are younger, but we’ve always jelled really well," Pouchnik said.
“I'm just super excited to play the best of our abilities, hopefully place, maybe win, and we’re just going to go have fun, and do what we can."
The success doesn’t also come without the coaching staff, who’s been coaching Pouchnik nearly her entire life.
“They preach good attitude, hard work, and resilience, so I think that’s what’s really gotten us through and has become a good team and good people too.”
The shortstop is one of just four seniors on the team. As she reflects back on her time with the bears, she’ll always cherish the memories she’s made in her Moscow softball uniform.
“I'm going to remember the girls, I'm going to remember the time on and off the field that we spend together, and just the great attitudes that are around everyone.”