Though the Flatbush Varsity Girls Softball team has come up short in its first two contests of the 2017 season, the team’s performance on Wednesday evening (4/5) on the road at HANC showed that the young team is improving every time out on the field.
The Falcon team that advanced to the semifinal round of the 2016 MYHSAL Playoffs graduated four senior starters – including new Flatbush Assistant Coach Sylvia Franco, and that is a tall order to replace. Nevertheless, the 2017 Falcons, under the leadership of new Head Coach Julie Azar (longtime Head Coach Rozan Mizrahi has taken a consulting role with the team this season as she takes time to welcome her family’s newest addition – baby Lucia Ella Laudon – a big MABROUK to Rozan and her family!), bring a high level of energy to the field and are eager to learn and play the game at its highest level.
That focus was tested in the season opener when the girls travelled east to take on Solomon Schechter of Long Island, whose Lions are playing in the MYHSAL for the first time, but come in having enjoyed great success in their previous league. The Falcons fell 10-0 in that contest, but their spirits were not diminished, and they were resolved to improve the next time out.
That opportunity came on Wednesday night when they went back out to Long Island, this time to face the Hurricanes of HANC. Though the Falcons again got off to a slow start, the softballers began to show how much they are learning every time out on the field. Defensively, Rookie Sophomore First Baseman Sally Missry showed she is becoming comfortable around her base, confidently securing the throws from her fellow fielders to record out after out. Rookie Outfielder Lauren Zami also showed more confidence in playing her position making strong plays on the balls hit her way. Perhaps the biggest challenge on defense is being faced by veteran Sophomore Frieda Abettan who has inherited the all-important shortstop position, the anchor of the infield defense. At one point, she made and amazing play, running down a Hurricane baserunner, forcing her out of the baseline to avoid her tag and causing her to be called out by the field umpire. And, most significantly, the pitcher-catcher battery of Fernanda Mosseri and Sonia Dweck showed they are really coming together, working the opposing batters and controlling the strike zone with confidence.
On offense, Flatbush got its first runs of the season, with Rookie Freshman Rachel Lincer picking up her first career RBI in driving in Rookie Junior Marlo Dayon (scoring the team’s first run of 2017). Also recording a hit for Flatbush was another newcomer, Jacqueline Rabih.
Although the Falcons fell in the contest by a final score of 9-2, the girls showed spirit and flair as they continue to improve with every play they get under their belts. With the experience and their positive attitudes, victory will not be too far away!
NEST NOTES: The Falcons now head into the Pesach break, but will look for that elusive first win when they return to action on Sunday, 4/23. They will take on Shalhevet in their home opener at Kaiser Park in Coney Island. Game time is scheduled for 4:15 pm.
(Fernanda Mosseri contributed to this article and provided the photos)