Girls Varsity Softball
Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- Apr 4, 2018
- FALCONS: 9
BROAD RUN HS: 6
Briar Woods jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and went on to a 9-6 win over host Broad Run in the Potomac District opener for both teams on a windy Wednesday evening in Ashburn.
The Falcons evened their overall record at 3-3 while the Spartans fell to 4-2.
Briar Woods sent 11 batters to the plate in the first inning, with the first seven hitters scoring. Sophomore Nicole Karagiorgis got the frame started with a walk before fellow sophomore Morgan Maxwell reached on an error that put runners at second and third. Senior Caroline Bird then hit into fielder’s choice with Karagiorgis beating the throw to the plate for the game’s first run.
Sophomore Ally Ariganello followed with a single to drive in Maxwell, and junior Abby Arabia reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases. Junior Caitlin Nee laced a single to plate Bird before Ariganello scored on a hit off the bat of classmate and twin sister Katie Ariganello to make it a 4-0 lead.
Arabia raced home on a wild pitch, senior Payton Minnick had an RBI ground out and Karagiorgis capped the scoring with an RBI triple.
Broad Run got a run back in the first on a two-out wild pitch and added another run in the second to cut the lead to 7-2, but the Falcons responded with two more runs in the top of the fourth.
Maxwell coaxed a leadoff walk and scored on a double by Bird, who later scored on a ground out by Arabia.
The Spartans scored three times in the bottom of the inning to close to within 9-5, but Karagiorgis stranded two runners with an inning-ending pop up.
Broad Run tacked on its final run in the sixth but Karagiorgis once again closed the door, getting a crucial strikeout with two runners on to end the threat.
Karagiorgis then retired the Spartans in order in the seventh to close out the complete-game win.
Karagiorgis also helped herself at the plate with a triple, a walk, a run and an RBI.
Bird, Arabia and Nee paced the Falcons with two hits each. Seven different Falcons drove in a run, with seven players combining to score the team’s nine runs.
“Tonight was a great team effort,” said Falcon head coach Chris Starke. “We came out aggressively at the plate from the first batter, we ran the bases well, our pitcher-catcher combo did an excellent job, and our defense made some nice plays at crucial moments. It’s very rewarding to see the hard work our player put forth in practice pay off in a game. It’s still very early in the season, but we are improving every day and it’s nice to start district play with a win.”
After playing their first six games on the road, the Falcons open their home slate Friday when they host Potomac District newcomer Freedom at 6 pm.