Falcons Top Defending State Champion
Last season, the Lady Falcons squared off against the Lady Trojans of Wesleyan Christian Academy at Forsyth Country Day. The Lady Trojans came out on top that day 1-0 as an early inning error resulted in the only run of the game.
On Monday, the two heavyweights would do battle again in the batter-friendly confines of Trojan field. The outfield fence measured about 180' at its deepest point. With these two teams, there better be an ample supply of fireworks.
The Lady Trojans struck first blood in the bottom of the 1st inning as Geena Autry demonstrated how small the ball park really was in right center field. With the count 2-2, Autry took the Miller pitch deep to give the home team an early 1-0 lead. Kayla Brewer hit another shot off the center field fence to score Katie Bailiff and make the lead 2-0. The inning got worse for Miller as she loaded the bases. Wesleyan was on the verge of blowing the game wide open, but Miller dug deep and struck out the next three batters to get out of the jam.
Wesleyan held the lead until the top of the 3rd inning. The second time through the order caused Wesleyan's pitcher, Kayla Brewer some trouble. Allison Mitchell was hit by a pitch and sacrificed to second. Taylor Wooten followed with a double to drive in Mitchell, and Logan Wood singled home Wooten to tie the score at two apiece.
Miller made short work of the Lady Trojans in the home half of the 3rd inning to basically start the game over in the top of the 4th inning for the Falcons. Kayla Shore led off the 4th with a walk. Pinch runner, Alex Wingler was sacrificed to second base by Jessie Hunter. Savannah Henry grounded to third base, but an errant throw put Falcon runners at first and third with only one out. Mitchell sent a shot off the left field fence to score Wingler from third. Henry was tagged out at third for the second out of the inning. Yale followed with a single to driven in Mitchell who had scampered down to second base during the commotion involving Henry. Wooten found Wesleyan's version of the green monster in right field as she smacked a long fly ball off the top of the fence to score Yale. This gave the Falcons a 5-2 lead.
The Falcons dodged a bullet in the bottom of the 5th inning. With two runners on base, Wesleyan's Robichaud hit a frozen rope that seemed destined for a hit. However, Taylor Wooten managed to get her body in front of it to keep the ball in the infield and the runners from scoring. Miller retired the next batter to get out of the jam once again leaving the bases loaded.
The Falcons missed a golden opportunity to extend its lead in the top of the 6th inning which made the bottom of the 7th inning a little tight for comfort. Wesleyan's 2, 3 and 4 batters were due up. Katie Bailiff led off with a towering shot that ended up somewhere on Centennial Street. Miller got the next two batters, but allowed a single to Hicks. This put the tying run at the plate with the score 5-3 in favor of the Falcons. With Robichaud at the plate, the pressure was on the Falcon defense. Robichaud hit another liner in the direction of center field. Brooke Hardy rose to the occasion as she slid to make the catch in center field to preserve the win for the Falcons.
Brooke Hardy took on the role of the "flex" during the game against HP Wesleyan and ended up making the catch for the final out in the 7th inning. Thanks for flexing for us, Brooke.
2 for 2
2 for 4 (2B)
2 RBIs/1 run
1 for 2, 2 SACs
1 RBI/1 run
Savannah Henry gets the ball back into the infield during the game against HP Wesleyan. The outfielders had their work cut out for them with the short porch and odd-shaped dimensions.