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Good Teams Can Win "Ugly!"
The War Eagles deserve a lot of the credit for the Falcons' struggles in the game on Wednesday night. Barneycastle in the lead-off spot put a lot of pressure on the defense with her speed. She was able to reach on an infield single and an error to help setup scoring opportunities for Davie.
Olivia Boger was much improved on the mound this time around as she helped keep the Falcon hitters off balance for much of the night. A couple of times it looked like the Falcons were ready to drive her from the mound, but she managed to make a key pitch to extend her stay.
Lastly, Anna Deveraux and Kenzie Smith was dangerous during each at-bat for the War Eagles. Deveraux hit a line drive to center that almost took Sydney Miller with it, and Smith came a few feet from a home run as she drove in the lone run for Davie.
With all of that said, the Falcons control their own fate between the lines. When the Falcons play up to their potential few teams can match their talent. However, in the case of Wednesday night, it was more about will power.
Sydney Miller took to the mound again for the Falcons on short rest after the shutout over the Sauras on Tuesday night. She retired the first two batters in the first, and then literally dodged a bullet to keep the War Eagles scoreless in the first. Deveraux lined a missile back up the middle that missed Miller by inches. The near death experience did not phase Miller as she closed out the inning with a strikeout of Myers.
Miller escaped trouble in the 2nd inning after allowing two runners to reach (single, walk). The Falcons went quietly in the 2nd as well. Miller's luck ran out in the top of the 3rd. Barneycastle reached on an infield single. Then, with two outs Myers reached base on an error. This brought Smith to the plate with runners on first and second. Sydney battled Smith for what seemed to be an eternity before Smith got the best of the battle with a double off the left field fence. The Falcons fell behind 1-0.
Boger retired the Falcons in order in the bottom of the third, and took a no-hitter into the fourth inning. With one out (10 batters retired in order by Boger), Taylor Wooten hit a popup with eyes that found a home just inside the left field line for a single. This moved Savannah Yale (previous walk) to second base. Yale would move to third on a ground out by Lineberry and score on a passed ball. A definite break for the Falcons.
The scored remained knotted at 1-1 until the bottom of the sixth inning. Logan Wood scorched a ball to center field for a double to get things started. Lineberry hit a chopper up the middle, but Wood had to be held at third. Lineberry advanced to second base on the throw home to put runners at 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Miller followed with another hit to plate Wood and move Olivia Wingler (courtesy runner) to third base. Runners at the corners and no outs looked like the start of a big inning, but Boger got some help from her defense. Kayla Shore flied out down the left field line, but Wingler was held at thrid after leaving the base early. Swaim would follow with a ground out to second that turned into a double play to end the inning and threat.
Miller went back to the mound in the top of the seventh with only a one run lead and the top of the order coming up. The defense stood firm behind her as she retired the War Eagles in order to end the game. A deserved "thank you" was given to Brooke Hardy for her catch on the warning track to record the final out of the game off the bat of Deveraux.
Not much for style points but a victory none-the-less.
1 for 2
1 for 3
Logan was frustrated for most of the night at the plate as were most of the Falcons. She was able take out that frustration on the ball in the sixth with a line shot to center field.