The Girls Varsity Softball Team’s run in the postseason came to an abrupt and convincing end just as soon as it began on Sunday evening (5/21) when the girls lost in decisive fashion to the Ma’ayanot Rapids by a score of 11-0 at Votee Park in Teaneck, NJ.
The Flatbush girls battled hard all evening, but sometimes a team runs into a buzz saw of an opponent, and that is what happened to the Falcons in Teaneck. Ma’ayanot ran out a pitcher who was far and away better than any pitcher they faced all season up to that point. Even Flatbush’s regularly reliable hitters were stymied all game long. In fact, only Fernanda Mosseri had even a modicum of success, smacking a double. But the team could not capitalize, and they never really threatened to score the rest of the way.
Meanwhile, the Rapids showed why the Western Division of the MYHSAL is so tough. They scored without too much trouble on the Falcons, a team who’s defense was fairly solid most of the season, and was a big reason that Flatbush was able to finish in 3rd place in the Eastern Division. Nevertheless, they were dominated by Ma’ayanot, a team that was not able to take the top spot in the West, earning only the 2nd seed out of that Division.
That being said, despite the tough finish, the 2017 season of Varsity Girls Softball was clearly a success for these Falcons. Having graduated a number of key senior players from the 2016 team that upset the top-seeded SAR Sting in last year’s playoffs – including star pitcher Sylvia Franco, no a coach on the Falcons sidelines – no one believed this team would even sniff the playoffs. Yet, with Mosseri gaining confidence on the mound as the season progressed, and Frieda Abettan and Marlene Levy providing stability both at the plate and on the field, the team really began to gel. With the newcomers all acclimating quickly to the game, the Falcons became a team to fear in the East.
The much improved Abettan noted it was a most unexpected performance by the team this Spring. “Everyone agrees that the team stepped up this season to something that we didn’t expect. Everyone showed their potential and hopefully next year we’re going to get even better.”
With the successful and strong foundation in place, this team is clearly moving in the right direction and Head Coach Julie Azar, along with Coaches Sylvia Franco and Rozan Mizrahi, will certainly look to build on this success when the 2018 season rolls around!