The Flatbush Varsity Girls Softball Team pushed only one run across the plate in the top half of the 1st inning on Monday evening (5/14), and when the sun set in the 4th inning the game was called with the HANC Hurricanes holding a slim 2-1 advantage, good enough for the win over the Falcons at the Long Island school’s home field in Uniondale, NY.
Traffic getting into and out of Brooklyn on any given night is unpredictable, but Monday’s evening rush hour was slower than usual. As a result, the Flatbush Softball team arrived to the HANC fields over one half hour later than the scheduled starting time. With minimal warm-up for the visiting fielders, the Hurricanes took their places in the field and Falcon Jacqui Rabih stepped to the plate. She opened the game by drawing a walk, but when the next two batters got out without moving Rabih over, it looked like it would be an open frame for the Falcons in the top of the first. Marlene Levy batted next, and was hungry for a good pitch to hit, but the HANC pitcher tossed four straight balls, not one of which was close to being a strike. Carolyn Kassin was next up, and she delivered a solid single through the infield. Rabih came around from second to score the first run of the game, and Flatbush now had runners on the corners. The next batter struck out, though, and all the Falcons got out of the threat was one solitary run.
The Falcons then took the field for the bottom of the inning, and they showed the effects of a lack of regular warm up. Pitcher Fernanda Mosseri struggled to find the plate with the first two batters, walking both, to give the Hurricanes runners on 1st and 2nd and no outs. Mosseri got the next batter to ground out. But the clean up hitter drove a hard grounder up the middle, and is scooted past both Simone Dweck in short center and Claire Lessler in Centerfield. The runner on second base scored on the error, and the runner on first advanced to third. With runners on the corners and one out, Mosseri induced a low pop up back to the mound. She gathered it in, but was slightly off balance and did not attempt a throw to first that might have doubled up the baserunner. The next batter hit a slow roller towards 3rd base. Mosseri scooped it up, but thought for a moment to try and get the runner sprinting home from third before making the play at first. Her throw to Kassin was late, and the run scored. Mosseri induced a grounder from the next batter to Levy at 2nd base to end the inning, but the damage was done. HANC took the lead, 2-1, after one inning of play.
From that point on, the defenses stood tall. Over the next two innings, Flatbush managed a hit from Freida Abettan and a handful of walks. But, they could not push a run across the plate. defensively, Flatbush kept Central from scoring as well. with Abettan making two stellar plays in the field; one was a snared line drive to shortstop, the other was a play on a ground ball deep in the hole at short that she scooped up and followed with a strike to Kassin at 1st base to nab the runner by a step.
With the sun dropping fast, is was clear that the game would not go beyond the 4-inning minimum for a game to count in the standings. Flatbush would need to score in the top half of the 4th inning to keep the game going. The Falcons got a baserunner when Alice Franco reached on an error, but they could not get the big hit to move her around for the tying run. HANC kept the Falcons scoreless in the inning, and the Hurricanes departed the field with a sunset-shortened 2-1 victory.
NEST NOTES: The result puts the Falcons record at 4-2 on the season. The Flatbush Girls Softball Team will have an opportunity to get back in the win column on Thursday, May 17, when they travel to Central for a rematch with the Wildcats. Game time is set for 6:00 pm at the school’s field in Fresh Meadows, NY.