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Elite 8 for Falcon Softball Team
The time finally ran out on Cinderella as Eastern Randolph's run was ended by the Falcons of Forbush High School. The Wildcats, 9-10 overall heading into the third round of the playoffs had been on a mission in the first two rounds beating the #8 and #9 seeds, respectively. As a #25 seed, the Wildcats were on borrowed time and on Tuesday that time ran out.
Sydney Miller took the mound for the Falcons as Ty-Kella Goins got settled in the batters box. Goins made her presence felt quickly as she drove the second pitch of the game into the football practice field down the right field line. Unfortunately for the Wildcats it was ten feet foul. Miller wasn't phased by the long strike and induced a groundout to second base. She sat the Wildcats down in order for the first two innings.
The Falcons got on board in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Savannah Yale led off with a line drive single to center. The next two Falcons went down in order, but Yale managed to get to second on a groundout. Kelsey Swiam stepped to the plate with two outs and the Falcons needing a run. Swaim squared up a pitch on the outside corner and drove it off the glove of the first basemen for a single. The deflected ball rolled over into foul territory far enough that Yale scampered home to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead.
The Wildcats broke up the no-hitter in the top of the 3rd inning with a ground ball that had eyes. Taylor Wooten got to the four bouncer just behind second base, but could not get off a throw as Barrett got to first safely. Goins walked to put runners on first and second with two outs. Lineberry ended the threat when she picked Goins off first base for the final out.
Logan Wood added to the Forbush lead in the bottom of the 3rd inning with a solo shot to right field. Up 2-0, the Falcons looked to be hitting their groove, but a miscue in the 4th inning turned the momentum. Third basemen, Sumner hit a perfectly angled ground ball that cut across the first base bag and down into the right field corner. While Sumner circled around the base paths the Falcons hurried to relay the ball to third base. The ball and runner got to the bag at the same time causing the ball to skip by to the fence. Sumner bounced up to cross the plate and put the Wildcats on the board. Now 2-1, the visitors had new life.
The Falcons seemed more frustrated than concerned with the turn of events. Over the next two innings the Falcon offense went to work. Allison Mitchell and Mallory Choplin got their third hits of the game and Yale almost took the third baseman's glove off as the Falcons put up four runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take a commanding 6-1 lead. Miller only allowed one more hit over the final innings as the Falcons punched their ticket to the fourth round.
Hats off to the Wildcats of Eastern Randolph for playing a great game and season.
Up next for the Falcons is the Rebels of West Lincoln. West Lincoln brings a new challenge to the table with a roster that boasts District Player of the Year, Kylee Leonhardt and District Pitcher of the Year, Cassidy Wise. Sound familiar?
The game is not on the docket yet, but will most likely be Friday at 7pm at Forbush High School. Come out and support the Lady Falcons!
Good teams can regroup after adversity. During the fourth inning the Falcons could have panicked, but the experience of this group kept the nerves at bay. Going forward from this point it will take everything the Falcons can give to get to the finals. Going to be fun!
3 for 4
3 for 4
2 for 4
1 for 2
1 for 2, 2B