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Rally Comes Up Short for Falcons
Kelsey Swaim took the mound for the Falcons as they faced off against the Cardinals of East Wilkes. It was the first non-4A competition that the junior varsity team had faced this season, and the Falcons took full advantage of the Cardinals inexperience.
Swaim went the distance for the Falcons with ease, and the Falcon offense circled the bases in the lop-sided win.
On Wednesday, the junior varsity got back to the grind against another 4A school. The War Eagles of Davie County made the trip to Yadkin County for a 5pm start time. Caiti Mickles took the mound for the Falcons in this one.
Davie drew first blood; scoring on an unearned run to take a 1-0 lead. The Falcons battled back to tie the score at one run apiece, but could not hold and gave the lead back in the top half of the following inning. Mickles pitched well enough to keep her team in the game, but the War Eagles took advantage of several defensive miscues by the Falcons to extend its lead to 5-1 going into the bottom of the seventh.
It looked like the Falcons would go quietly into the night, but the team decided to fight its way out of the corner. Lexie Wingler and Davis-Ann Wood had key hits to ignite the rally for the Falcons. It was the War Eagles turn to make a few miscues, and the Falcons were willing to accept any help they could get. Three runs came across to cut the lead to 5-4. The Falcons had a chance to bring home the tying run with two outs, but the rally came up a little short as the final out was recorded. The War Eagles were able to close the door on the Falcon comeback.
Despite the loss, the Falcons gave a great effort. Teammates picked each other up time and time again, and showed a lot of promise on the offensive side. The defense needs to tighten up a bit to support the strength of its two pitchers, but that will come over time.
Davis-Ann recorded her first triple of the season as she flew around the bases during the 7th rally against Davie County. She also went into the books for several put-outs without a single error in the defeat.
Kelsey Swaim and Lexie Wingler add experience to the junior varsity softball team. As sophomores on a team loaded with freshman it is crucial that these two help lead the way to success. Both players put up good performances this past week. Keep up the good work!
Lexie played a solid second base and had a key hit in the Davie game. Kelsey helped out the varsity team against South Stokes and pitched a complete game against the Cardinals of East Wilkes.
With a few more games under their belt, the JV team will find its niche for success.