Paige Bouska makes a throw to first. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Paige Bouska makes a throw to first. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Of the Keizertimes

If there was a pivotal moment in the McNary High School varsity softball team’s game with Reynolds High School Monday, May 20, it was surely Kinsey McNaught’s step up to the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning.

With one out, the score tied at 1-1, Madison Oliver on third base, and Paige Bouska on second, McNaught’s next moves felt like the ones that could dictate the outcome of the game.

Two attempts at bunts set her behind in the count. She batted the next two foul, then took two balls from Reynolds pitcher Kelsey Oldham. On the final pitch, McNaught lofted a soft fly ball short of the center fielder to load the bases and keep the Celtic streak alive.

“It felt really good to come through for the team. I haven’t been hitting the way as well as I know I can and it felt really good to push through this time,” McNaught said.

McNary’s Jordyn Hanson stepped up to the dish after McNaught. She took the first pitch and bounced it out of the infield and over the shortstop’s head. The combination bought enough time for Oliver to score the winning run.

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