Central Softball and Baseball marched to the beat of a different drum resonating in Baker as the Lady Falcons narrowly tapped past East Hardy 5-4, while simultaneously down the hillside the Falcons rolled to a crescendo in a 12-0 shutout over the Cougars in season openers last Monday.
“I was proud of the girls for fighting back. That shows that they have heart. I would rather see them going down with a fight, than just rolling over and giving up. It was nice to see Scott and Ivy [Mongold]. Central is a very nice ball club. Scott has done a great job and I wish them luck this season. I can’t wait to see them again,” East Hardy Softball coach Ashley Taylor remarked.
In the softball game, Central had a 5-0 advantage and the Lady Cougars fought back with a pair of two-run home runs by Leanna Basye in the sixth inning and Skye Metzer in the seventh inning to nearly surmount the comeback.
East Hardy pitcher Brooke Miller began the contest jamming Central leadoff batter Chloe Burton into a pop-up caught by Madison Strawderman at second base.
The Lady Falcons responded with a double by Megan Babcock into right field.
Babcock was stranded at third base on two groundouts fielded by East Hardy shortstop Julia Hahn with the throws to Leanna Basye at first base.
Central pitcher Alicia Ball threw a strikeout to East Hardy leadoff batter Skye Metzer which was dropped and the throw to first base was in time.
The Lady Cougars next two batters Julia Hahn and Emma Baker reached on errors by Babcock at shortstop, then Miller’s grounder hit Hahn for an out.
Basye was given a walk which loaded the bases for East Hardy, but Ball got out of the predicament with a strikeout to Jessica Smith.
Central’s Ivy Mongold, daughter of coach Scott Mongold, grounded out to Miller with the throw to Basye to start the second inning.
Kristina Stead hit a line drive to Madison Strawderman at second base for the second out.
The Lady Falcons took a 1-nil edge on a solo home run by Ball, then Basye caught the last out of the frame.
The Central dugout was entertaining with drumsticks hitting the fence during each at-bat.