Girls Varsity Softball
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The Briar Woods varsity softball team battled through a hard-fought 4-1 loss to Tuscarora in Potomac District action Friday in Leesburg.
After a scoreless first inning, Tuscarora scored a pair of runs in the second on three hits, but the Falcons rallied for a run in the third.
Sophomore Nicole Karagiorgis sent a deep flyball to right that hit the fence capping and bounced back into the field of play for a triple, and freshman Casey Embrey followed with a single to drive in Karagiorgis. Briar Woods threatened for more, loading the bases with two outs, but senior Payton Minnick sent a hard liner to center that was snared for the final out of the inning.
The Huskies added solo home runs in the third and fourth innings to close out the scoring.
The Falcons hung tough the rest of the way, working out of a two on, none out jam in the fifth. Junior Madden Bishop came on in relief and used some stellar defense to keep Tuscarora of the board. Sophomore Morgan Maxwell made a diving catch of a liner to second and tossed to senior shortstop Caroline Bird for a double play, and freshman Abby Kleinschmidt snared a grounder at third and tossed to first to end the threat.
Bishop worked out of trouble again in the sixth. After two were out, Tuscarora loaded the bases on a hit by pitch, single and error, but Bishop got a line out to center to close out the inning.
Briar Woods looked to rally in the seventh behind back-to-back one-out singles by Maxwell and Karagiorgis, but the Huskies worked out of the jam with a fielder's choice and a fly out.
Tuscarora held a slight 9-7 lead in hits, while both teams made one error each.
Karagiorgis and Maxwell led the Falcons with two hits apiece.
"This was by far our best defensive performance of the season," said Falcons head coach Chris Starke. "We had people diving to make stops and catches in the infield, and we made some strong plays in the outfield to close out some innings.
"Offensively, we put the ball in play all night, but we just hit it right at people. I liked our approach at the plate, but we came up short in a few key opportunities, while Tuscarora capitalized on its chances. That's the way it goes sometimes.
"I was extremely proud of our effort, and we definitely showed a higher level of play overall tonight. I think our players are starting to see what they are capable of, and I think our best softball is yet to come."
The Falcons return to action Tuesday when they host Rock Ridge at 6 p.m.