Girls Varsity Softball
Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- May 11, 2018
- FALCONS: 4
POTOMAC FALLS HS: 3
The Briar Woods varsity softball team broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the top of the seventh and held off a Potomac Falls rally in the bottom of the inning to earn a 4-3 win over the host Panthers in Potomac District action Friday in Sterling.
Senior Caroline Bird led off the top of the seventh with a scorching triple to deep center. After a pop up, Bird raced home on a wild pitch to give the Falcons a 3-2 edge. Sophomores Ally and Katie Ariganello sandwiched singles around a strikeout, and freshman Abby Kleinschmidt delivered a clutch two-out single to drive in Ally Ariganello with what proved to be the game-winning run.
Potomac Falls looked to answer in its half of the frame, putting runners on second and third with no outs. The Panthers closed to within 4-3 on a sacrifice fly, but the Falcons nailed the runner trying to tag and advance to third, with junior center fielder Caitlin Nee teaming with first baseman Katie Ariganello and third baseman Kleinschmidt for the crucial out at third.
Nee hauled in a flyout to center to end the game.
Potomac Falls took an early 1-0 in the first before the Falcons answered with two runs in the second. Ally Ariganello reached on an infield single and was replaced by senior Payton Minnick. Junior Madden Bishop laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt, and an error on the play gave Briar Woods runners at first and second.
Another error on a bunt by Katie Ariganello allowed Minnick to score to tie the game, and Kleinschmidt sacrificed in Bishop to give the Falcons a 2-1 advantage.
After scoreless third and fourth innings, Potomac Falls pulled even in the fifth with help from a pair of Falcon errors. The Panthers had the bases loaded with two outs, but Briar Woods sophomore Nicole Karagiorgis induced a grounder back to the circle for the final out.
Potomac Falls used a hit-by-pitch to put on runner on first with one out in the sixth, but Minnick threw out the runner trying to steal second.
Kleinschmidt went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a sac, while Bird and Ally Ariganello had two hits each.
Karagiorgis pitched her third complete game of the week, allowed five hits and just one earned run while striking out four.
The Falcons return to action Monday when they host Tuscarora for Senior Night. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.