Falcon Softball Underway
In 2014, the Falcons stormed through the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference with a 9-1 record, taking the conference regular season and tournament championships. The Falcons entered the playoffs with a lot of confidence, and came within one game of going to Raleigh.
The Falcons return every player from the Western Regional Finals team for 2015, so the outlook for the season is promising. Player of the year, Taylor Wooten and pitcher of the year, Sydney Miller head up a team loaded with talent.
The Falcon fans got a taste of the action to come on Wednesday night in East Bend. Davie County journeyed over to Forbush for a late scrimmage. It was the first action either team had seen this season, but you couldn't tell it from the performance or the weather.
The only thing hotter than the temperature was the Falcon bats as the team put up four runs in the bottom of the first and five runs in the second. Logan Wood and Allison Mitchell both had three hits apiece. Savannah Yale, Sydney Miller and Marissa Lineberry contributed two hits while Brooke Hardy added a double for good measure.
All totaled, the Falcons scored 11 runs on 13 hits. Seven of the hits were doubles.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Falcons showed a little rust by committing two errors, but had three shining moments in the field. Alex Wingler made a great catch in the left-center gap, and Marissa Lineberry cut down a runner at second base on an attempted steal. Taylor Wooten made a heads up play to catch an overanxious base runner making a huge turn around first base.
Sydney Miller allowed one earned run over four innings, and threw 13 first-pitch strikes.
A good day to be on the field!
Eye on the Ball
The Lady Falcons were 90% business and 10% fun during the pre-game activities. Savannah Henry (top) keeps her eye on the ball during her batting session in the cage. Henry can always be found taking extra swings in the cage in an effort to improve her performance.
Mallory Choplin (right top) loads up the tee for her teammates as they fine tune their swings. Lady Falcons get a daily dose of tees during practice and before games.
Briana Hinshaw and Alex Wingler (right bottom) take time to look at the camera while waiting for the cage to open up.
Tee Work with Mallory
Wave and Smile
Which one of these great plays gets the nod for the top play?
One Team, One Goal
Marissa Lineberry (right bottom) catches up for Coach Helton during infield before the Davie scrimmage. The sun can be a catcher's worst nightmare this time of year as it sets directly behind the center field fence. Marissa did her part to assist all three pitchers on their first mound performance of the season. Marissa managed to collect two hits and throw out a base runner on Wednesday.
Logan Wood (right top) took the lead role in the pregame huddle for the Falcons. Logan Wood added to the Falcon offense with 3 hits, 5 total bases, 2 RBIs and 3 runs scored. The War Eagle pitchers were not excited to see her come to the plate.
Savannah Yale (top) worked to turn the double play on Wednesday. At the plate, Savannah had 2 hits, 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored. In the field, Yale tallied 3 putouts and 1 assist.