Tuesday afternoon, the Falcons faced off against the Northwest Christian Crusaders. The Lady Falcons fought hard during the event, yet could not get in the tying run to send the game into extra innings.
(So.) Pitcher Mandy Castro threw another complete game; however, she and her defense found themselves making too many errors in the 1st inning. By the end of the 1st inning, the Crusaders had compiled 8 runs after North Pointe gave up four walks and three fielding errors. Four of the eight runs were earned, yet an error in the outfield with bases loaded allowed the Crusaders to empty the bases. The Crusaders would add 1 final unearned run in the 3rd inning extending their lead to 9 runs.
“No one can defend against errors and with a score of 8-0 after the 1st inning, that gives little hope for a come backs” said Coach Gil.
In as much as we can all agree on that, the Lady Falcons capitalized on that little bit of hope by making a few defensive position changes and by scoring 3 runs in the 2nd, 3 runs in the 3rd, and 2 runs in the 4th innings. By the end of the 4th inning, it was a 1 run game with the Crusaders up 9-8..
Both teams stranded a few runners in scoring position during the 5th and 6th innings and both were left empty on the score board for those innings; however, in an ironic twist for the Lady Falcons in top of the 7th inning, just as it happened in North Pointe’s previous game, once again the Lady Falcons loaded up the bases with no outs with singles by (Jr.) Kaley Southard, (Fr.) Cynthia Gil, and (Fr.) Carly Cabral. Unfortunately, even after chipping away inning by inning, and great defense during the 2nd through 6th innings, the Lady Falcons would end the game with bases loaded. “In no way am I unhappy with our players, it takes much more character to get yourself back into a game than when the score is 0-0. What makes me and our coaching staff happy is that our ladies have learned to the composure to never give up and compete at their highest ability at the most difficult times – that’s a statistic that seldom gets recognized during or after a game,” said Coach Gil.