RIVERVIEW — Kaylyn Bayly isn't making excuses, but here are the stats: three torn labrums, one broken arm and one torn anterior cruciate ligament.
When the 2009 softball season came to end, Countryside didn't spring across the finish line.
It hobbled, in a 2-0 loss to Riverview in the Class 6A region semifinals Friday afternoon.
And yet the news is not all bad for the Cougars. Despite the ups and downs of a 21-7 season, Bayly may return for an eighth season as coach.
Now 7-for-7 in getting her team into the playoffs, Bayly had planned on giving up the softball gig and remaining at Countryside as the successful volleyball coach.
"I really thought going into this year it was going to be my last,'' Bayly said. "But I'm definitely going to take a little time and think about it.''
Sophomore pitcher Alyssa Bache will be doing some lobbying. The hard-throwing righty had her string of 37 consecutive scoreless innings snapped when she gave up a run in the fourth inning, enough to end the Cougars' season-high six-game win streak.
The Cougars lost top hitter Gia Tomossone (labrum) at the beginning of the season, and shortstop Brittany Dattilo (ACL) at the end in a district tournament injury.
Both were big bats from the middle of the Cougars' lineup, which managed just one hit despite beating East Bay 1-0 in the first round of the playoffs, and got three hits but no runs off Riverview's Taylor McCoy on Friday.
McCoy didn't strike out a single Cougar, getting eight flyouts to center, five infield popups and allowing only one runner to reach third base.
"We had a few hard hits, a few good hits,'' said Bayly, "but they were right at them.''
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