April 27, 2010

Softball comes up short

The girls' varsity softball team (10-2) suffered its second loss of the season in a hard-fought struggle with a skilled, Poolesville Falcons team. Though the Blazers were very successful offensively, an inability to defensively hold their two run lead in the top of the seventh inning caused the defeat. Blair Coach Louis Hoelman was not happy with his teamís defensive play in the last inning. "We didn't put them away. We were up by two runs, but then we fell apart," he said.

Blair was first to get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third inning. Sophomore outfielder Molly Nicholson hit a single, stole second base, moved to third on a bunt from sophomore outfielder Becca Arbacher, and was batted into home off a single by junior shortstop Blake Morgan-Gamber. Arbacher and Morgan-Gamber then moved to second and third on a hit by junior outfielder Katlyn Harmison, who was out at first. They both then stole home on a Poolesville error, making the score 3-0 with Blair maintaining the lead.

Unfortunately, the Falcons retaliated by scoring three runs in the top of the fifth inning and one more in the top of the sixth to take a one-run lead. This didnít last for long though, as Blair pushed ahead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Harmison walked, junior catcher Emily Haislip hit a single, and they both scored off a long triple by sophomore pitcher Samantha Schweickhardt, who later stole home to score the third run of the inning. Going into the seventh inning, Blairís 6-4 lead made the game look promising. SOURCE: Silver Chips

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