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After the win on Monday night, the Lady Falcons can officially be placed in survival mode. Three of the team's last four games have been decided by a total of four runs. In all three games the Falcons have gotten off to a slow start; losing one and winning two of them.
On Monday, the Eagles of Wilkes Central looked to continue their winning streak at the expense of the Falcons. The lead-off batter greeted Mallory Choplin in center field with a long fly ball that she was able to track down with ease. An immediate shout, "Welcome Back Mallory" rang out from the Falcon crowd. Choplin had been sidelined since a preseason scrimmage with a broken finger.
The next batter, Johnson, walked to put a runner on first base. Miller was able to retire the third batter of the inning on a fly ball down the left field line, but with two outs the Eagles struck a blow. McNeil hit a sharp line drive to left field that was misjudged by Hardy. The ball got by Hardy and allowed Ellis (courtesy runner) to score all the way from first base. The Eagles went ahead 1-0.
The Eagles struck again in the second inning on a walk, ground out and single. Lately, every walk and defensive miscue for the Falcons has cost the team a run. Teams are really scratching out runs against the Falcons. After an inning and a half, the Falcons had already dug a hole.
In the bottom of the second the Falcons began to dig out. Kayla Shore walked, and Choplin entered as a runner for her. Choplin again proved her value to the team with a stolen base to get into scoring position. Brooke Hardy came up to bat with two outs and delivered the two-out hit that had been missing for the Falcons. Hardy doubled deep to the right-center gap to plate Choplin and cut the lead to one run. The Eagles then gifted a run to the Falcons as Mitchell reached on an error that allowed Hardy to come around to score the tying run. After two innings of play, 2-2.
The score remained until the top of the fifth inning when Miller found herself in a lot of trouble. Back-to-back singles and a walk loaded the bases with the heart of the order up for the Eagles. The Falcon defense rose to the challenge this time as Mitchell was able to field the grounders to third and cut down the runners at home on two straight plays. Johnson was able to single home one run for a 3-2 lead, but it could have been much worse.
In the bottom of the fifth, Yale shined the light for the Falcons as she took a 2-0 pitch deep over the left field fence for her first home run of the season. This lead-off homer tied the score at three, and got the energy back in the Falcons. Two more runs were added on RBIs by Wood and Miller to give the Falcons a 5-3 lead.
That is all Sydney would need as she escaped the seventh inning on a 4-3-6 double play to end the game. The Falcons improved their record to 8-1 overall, and still 2-0 in the conference. The next game on the schedule is a trip to Carver on Tuesday afternoon for a Western Piedmont Athletic Conference game.
Mobbing of #24
She may be a little tough to make out, but in the center of this mob is Savannah Yale crossing home plate after her solo shot to left field. Yale has been an RBI machine for the Falcons in the early going of the season.
The smile says it all for Yale as she is congratulated by her teammates in the dugout as they re-live the game-tying event.
1 for 2, BB
1 for 2, 2B
1 for 2, 2B
1 for 2, 2B
1 for 3, HR
This is a tough one!
Impact play of the game from Monday night.
Several Falcon favorites made it out to the home game against the Eagles of Wilkes Central. Reece Warfel is the 10th man for the team as his spirited cheering energizes the Falcons.
Coach Rachel Davis came back with her daughter, Sawyer, to support the players that have meant so much to her over the past years. Sawyer has already taken to the game with her grip on one of the practice balls acquired from the coaches' buckets.