Girls Varsity Softball
|Briar Woods High School||6|
|St. Francis (N.Y.)||7|
The Briar Woods varsity softball team split two games on the second and final day of the Sports Plus Tournament Saturday at the L.C. Bird Complex in Chesterfield, Va.
The Falcons (2-3) began the day with a 7-6 loss to St. Francis (N.Y.) before posting a 19-3 victory over Essex in their final game of the two-day tournament.
In the opener, Briar Woods held a 6-3 lead but St. Francis rallied for four runs in the bottom of the sixth and held the Falcons off the scoreboard in the seventh to nab the win.
The Falcons opened a 3-0 lead after the top of the first thanks to an RBI-double by senior Caroline Bird, an RBI-ground out by freshman Abby Kleinschmidt and an RBI-single by senior Payton Minnick.
St. Francis got on the board with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first before Briar Woods countered with a run in the second as junior Madden Bishop singled and later scored on a single by Bird.
St. Francis closed to within 4-3 with an unearned run in the third, but the Falcons built a 6-3 advantage thanks to sophomore Ally Ariganello, who had an RBI-single in the fourth and a solo home run in the sixth.
St. Francis took advantage of a pair of Falcon errors to plate four unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth, with the big blow a three-run homer with two outs following a pair of Briar Woods miscues.
The Falcons tried to tie the game in the top of the seventh, as sophomore Nicole Karagiorgis worked a leadoff walk and stole second. However, a strikeout and two flyouts ended the game.
Bishop tossed 5 2/3 innings and allowed just two earned runs in the tough loss.
Bird went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, while junior Caitlin Nee was also 3-for-4 with a run scored. Ally Ariganello was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and sophomore Katie Ariganello was 2-for 3 with a walk.
In its second game of the day, Briar Woods erupted for 22 hits to power past Essex 19-3.
The Falcons jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Karagiorgis led off with a double and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Bird.
Briar Woods then took control with nine runs in the second. Minnick began the inning with a single and promptly scored on a double by Ally Ariganello. Karagiorgis added a two-run single, and Bird, Nee, and Bishop had run-scoring hits in the frame as well.
Essex scored twice in the bottom of the second before the Falcons went back to work in the third, posting six more runs to open a 16-2 advantage.
Bird smacked a one-out double and scored on a Nee single. Kleinschmidt followed with a double to give the Falcons runners and second and third, and an error off the bat of Minnick allowed Nee to score.
Ally Ariganello followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 13-2 before Katie Ariganello cracked an RBI-double that plated Minnick. Freshman Casey Embrey laced a single to drive in Katie Ariganello, and Embrey later scored on a single by sophomore Morgan Maxwell.
The Falcons closed out their scoring with three runs in the fifth. Katie Ariganello roped a leadoff double and scored on another RBI-single by Embrey. Nee and Kleinschmidt also had run-scoring singles in the inning.
Essex got a run back in the bottom of the fifth thanks to a one-out walk that later scored on a ground out, but it wasn’t enough to bring the game to earn early close due to the tournament’s eight-run rule.
Karagiorgis earned the win in the circle, allowing two runs and three hits while striking out a pair in three innings. She also went 2-for-3 with a single, a double, two runs batted in and two runs scored.
Kleinschmidt tossed the last two frames, allowing one run and one hit. She added a single, a double, two RBIs at the plate.
Bird, Nee, Embrey and Katie Ariganello each had three hits.