Girls Varsity Softball
|Briar Woods High School||11|
|Essex High School||3|
The Briar Woods varsity softball team split a pair of games on the first day of the Sports Plus Tournament Friday in Chesterfield, Va.
The Falcons (1-2) posted an 11-3 win over Essex in their first game before dropping a 5-4 decision to Monacan in the nightcap.
In the opener, Briar Woods jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Sophomore Nicole Karagiorgis led off with a double, sophomore Morgan Maxwell reached on an error and senior Caroline Bird laced a single to drive in Karagiorgis. Maxwell raced home on a wild pitch, and Bird later scored on an error.
Essex scored single runs in the first and second to close to within 3-2, but the Falcons pulled away with three runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth to open an 8-3 cushion.
Karagiorgis opened the fourth with a solo home run, and Bird and junior Caitlin Nee add run-scoring singles later in the inning.
Junior Madden Bishop started the fifth with a single and later scored on a two-run homer by Bird.
Briar Woods tacked on three final runs in the seventh. Bird reached on an error and scored on a single by junior Abby Arabia, who later came home on a wild pitch. Nee had an RBI-single to drive in sophomore Katie Ariganello.
Bishop earned the win, allowing just one earned run and scattering four hits in four innings. Karagiorgis picked up the save with three solid innings of relief, giving up a run and two hits while striking out three.
Bird singled twice, homered and scored three times, Karagiorgis doubled, homered and scored twice, Nee had three singles and freshman Abby Kleinschmidt had a pair of singles.
In game two, Monacan used a seeing-eye RBI-single with two out in the top of the seventh to rally for a 5-4 win.
Briar Woods fell behind 1-0 after the top of the first before rebounding with two runs in bottom of the frame.
Bird scored on a wild pitch to tie the game and Nee added an RBI-single to give the Falcons the lead.
The Falcons tacked on two more runs in the second. Senior Payton Minnick led off with a single, stole second, and later scored on a wild pitch. Bishop walked and later came home on a bases loaded walk by Ariganello.
Monacan used a two-out, two-run double in the third to pull to within 4-3 and tied the game on a solo home run to open the sixth. The Falcons turned a nifty double play to end the sixth, as Nee snared a low liner in center and threw to first to double off the runner and end the inning.
After Monacan scored in the seventh to take the lead, the Falcons looked to tie it in the home half of the frame.
Arabia reached on a one-out single and stole second. After a strikeout, Nee came to the plate and sent a liner to short, with the Monacan shortstop juggling the ball before in and out of her glove before securing it for the final out of the game.
Arabia and Nee had a pair of hits each, while Karagiorgis went the distance in the circle.
“I was very pleased with how we competed in both games today,” said Falcon head coach Chris Starke. “We got solid pitching performances, hit and ran the bases well and made some nice defensive plays. Overall, it was a good first day.”