The Flatbush Varsity Girls Softball Team got a clutch single in the bottom of the 7th inning on Friday afternoon (5/11), defeating the Division rival Central Wildcats in a wild contest, walking off the win by a score of 11-10 at Bensonhurst Park in Brooklyn, NY.
The play of both teams in the opening inning indicated it might be a high-scoring affair, and the two teams did not disappoint. Central opened the scoring in the top of the 1st inning, taking advantage of two walks by Flatbush hurler Fernanda Mosseri, which came around to score when the next batter reached on an error. Mosseri retired three of the next four batters on balls in the infield. But, a hit sandwiched between those outs left Central holding a 3-run advantage before the Falcons even had a chance to bat.
Central looked like they might hold that lead into the next inning, as the pitcher got Flatbush’s first two batters out. Stella Lessler was up next, and she managed to work her way on to base, bringing up the Falcons’ clean-up hitter, Marlene Levy. Levy quickly fell behind in the count, taking two strikes. One more stike and the Wildcats would be out of the inning without any damage. Levy made sure that would not happen. The next pitch was over the heart of the plate, and Levy met it with great force. the ball jumped off her bat and rocketed out into left centerfield, over the heads of the outfielders and rolling deep in the gap. Lessler easily scored from first, and Levy was right behind her. She crossed the plate without even drawing a throw; a 2-run home run off the bat of Captain Levy!
Central still could salvage the lead, though, as there were still two outs. But, Flatbush was not done. Four consecutive singles by Flatbush led to another pair of runs. Barbara Dayan was driven home by a Mosseri hit; Co-Captain Frieda Abettan was knocked in by a Claire Lessler single. At the end of the first inning, Flatbush now held the lead, 4-3.
The defenses settled in at that point, with Head Coach Julie Azar re-positioning her Falcons, and it was clearly effective. Azar inserted Carolyn Kassin at 1st base, allowing her to move Abettan back to her more comfortable spot on the opposite side of the field. Along with Claire Lessler, they shored up the Flatbush defense. Mosseri gained more control on the mound, and as a team they kept Central off the board for the next three innings. Meanwhile, Flatbush got two runs in the bottom of the 4th inning to extend their lead to 6-3. The Falcons looked to be on their way to a nice win.
That changed quickly in the top of the 5th inning. Central again took advantage of a free pass issued by Mosseri, and the Wildcats then strung together a number of hits, including a solid double. When the Falcons finally recorded the 3rd out of the inning, Central had plated four runs, and had retaken the lead, 7-6. Rather than get down, Flatbush got even. They answered the Central rally in the top half of the inning with a small rally of their own in the bottom half. Flatbush pushed across two runs, and at the end of 5 innings of play, Flatbush had reclaimed the lead, 8-7.
With the game getting late, and Shabbat just around the corner, it was now a see-saw battle. Central pulled even with a run in the top of the 6th. Flatbush scored two in the bottom of the 6th to pull ahead again. Central counter-punched with a 2-run 7th. For the second time this season, Flatbush was facing the prospect of extra innings! The Falcons made sure that no one would have any problems getting home in time for Shabbat. Regina Saada made her way back on base (she was 5-for-5 on the afternoon). Barbara Dayan then came to the plate. After working the count to 2-0, Dayan stroked a single to drive home Saada with the winning run. It was a walk-off victory for the Falcons, allowing them to outlast the Wildcats to win by a final score of 11-10.
NEST NOTES: Nanda Mosseri recorded three strikeouts in the game.
The Falcons racked up 30 hits in the game, with Barbara Dayan, Regina Saada, Claire Lessler, Nanda Mosseri, Carolyn Kassin, Marlene Levy, Frieda Abettan and Simone Dweck all recording multiple hits on the day.
Flatbush will look to stay on the winning track when they get back out on the field on Monday, 5/14, to take on the HANC Hurricanes. Game time in Uniondale, NY is 6:30 pm.