Mount Hood catcher Mercedes Green quietly did her job behind the plate for the first four innings of Monday's NWAACC softball championship game against Clackamas. No one watching the game really gave her much thought, but in the bottom of the fourth, she delivered a blast that made everyone in the park take notice.
With the Saints trailing 2–0, Green smashed a towering fly ball over the fence in dead centerfield for a three-run homer, propelling the Saints to a 4-2 victory and their fourth NWAACC title.
I was just trying to get a single to score one run, Green said. When I saw it over the fence, I was just so excited. To the win championship, and to be part of this team, means a lot.
After Green's bomb, the Saints never looked back. They added a run in the bottom of the fifth inning, but they didn't really need it. Mt. Hood pitcher Kristen Crawford did not allow a Clackamas player to advance past first base after that.
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