The Lady Falcons, defensively led by (So.) Mandy Castro, who pitched another complete game, held the Lady Hawks to no runs through 4 innings (4 strike outs, 2 walks, and a 78% strike to ball ratio on the day). 13 of the 17 puts outs in the day were owned by a combination of plays made by (Jr. SS) Kaley Southard, (Sr. 1st Baseman) Ashley Barragan and (Fr. 3rd Baseman) Sierra Martin.
Tied up through the mid-point of the contest, with the Lady Hawks pitcher holding our Lady Falcons to only 1 hit, North Pointe Prep broke up the 0-0 game in the bottom of the 4th inning when (Sr. Catcher) Brittney Barragan doubled to left center with 1 out. (Sr. Short Stop) Kaley Southard switched places with Barragan, with a top of the fence double of her own, to score in Barragan. With Southard advancing to 3rd on a past ball, (Fr. 2nd Baseman) Cynthia Gil scored K.Southard with an infield single, extending the lead to 2-0 through 4 innings.
The Lady Hawks chipped away at the lead scoring 1 run in each of the 5th and 6th innings. And, with a lead off triple at the top of the 7th inning for the Lady Hawks, Buckeye took a 3-2 lead going into the bottom 1/2 of the last inning. Southard led off with a 5 pitch walk, Gil followed with an infield single, and Castro put the Lady Falcons in scoring position to tie up the game with an infield bunt single, loading up the bases with no outs. (Fr.) Carly Cabral hit a hard hit up the middle, but the determined senior pitcher for Buckeye made an athletic snag to get Southard out at home. With Buckeye’s pitcher throwing a four-hitter and pitching 11 strike outs on the day, she closed out the inning with a bases loaded strike out and ground out for a Lady Hawks win.
“All in all, I am pleased with our performance. Feeling as equals on the field, regardless of the outcome, is important to us – in my eyes, we were equals until the final out. Falling short against a roster with more seniors is suppose to happen – keeping our heads held high upon losing shows much character; walking off the field still loving the game regardless of win or loss, makes me proud.” Said Coach Gil