Our Falcon Softball team had their season opener Tuesday with a home game against Liberty Ranch. Last season, Liberty Ranch gave our girls their first loss with a score of 3-1. With most of the same girls and a familiar lineup, our Lady Falcons were ready to fight and started their season off with a bang.
“They gave us our first loss last season and it hurt all of us individually and as a team,” said Cece Sidley ’19. “So we knew we had to come together and get the win”.
Senior pitcher/first baseman Abby Burkholder ’18 started on the mound for the Falcons like she did for a majority of their games last season. She got through the first inning quickly giving up no runs. Her offense showed support behind her getting two quick runs off the bat in the first inning by a two RBI double by Sidley
Both Burkholder and the pitcher for Liberty Ranch threw a shutout inning in the second, but it was in the third inning when the Hawks bats finally came alive. In the third inning, the Hawks had back-to-back runs tying the game up. After this, Liberty Ranch threw three shutout innings.
CB was working well as a unit defensively, not letting up any more runs until the 5th when Liberty Ranch stepped up and scored two more runs making the score 4-2. The score remained the same until the final inning of play when CB had their final at bats.
“Everyone in our dugout had the mindset that we needed to win,” said Giana Hays ’19. “In the seventh inning, nothing else mattered but coming out with a dub.”
Coming together was all the team needed, as they got back to back hits followed by an intentional walk. With the bases loaded, catcher Hannah Gruber ‘19 hit a hard ground ball to third, forcing the third baseman to make a bad throw, allowing second baseman Amanda Ledesma ‘18 to score to tie the game back up.
Down by one with bases loaded, first baseman Kelsey Wurm ’18 stepped into the box ready to win the game. She was waiting for a fastball with runners on second and third, and with her first swing of the bat, she hit another hard ground ball to third forcing another error and to score the tying and winning runs.
The final score was 5-4 with the Lady Falcon’s taking a dub in their first game of the season. Their next game will be on the road Wednesday against Kennedy.