The Fontbonne Varsity Softball Team went from one extreme to the other last week when it lost a tight one-run game to the Molloy Stanners, and then beat the St. Saviour Pandas with a multitude of runs for the Bonnies current league record of 3-3.
Molloy 1 Fontbonne 0
Even if it was a tough loss for the visiting Bonnies, the Fontbonne coaching staff still agreed that their 1-0 loss to the Stanners was still one of the better games played thus far this season.
The game turned out to be a match-up of standout freshman hurlers as Fontbonne’s Arianna Heinsch sent down eight Stanners on strikeouts while only giving up only one hit, two walks and one unearned run.
Heinsch’s Molloy counterpart Kelsy Carr was even more stellar on the mound with 16 strikeouts while giving up only two hits, four walks and no runs.
By mid-game it was evident that the team that would blink first was going to lose. That “blink” came in the fourth inning for the Bonnies when Abby Fogliano cleanly fielded a grounder at third base but subsequently hit the Stanners’ Carr running down to first base with a sharply angled throw.
That errant throw would score Molloy’s Jessica Hickey, the only Stanner to record a hit (a double) off of Fontbonne’s Heinsch.
Fontbonne 17 St. Saviour 1
The Bonnies’ other freshman pitcher, Anna Acevedo, made her league debut in Fontbonne’s second meeting with St. Saviour at Dyker Park. With the offensive support of her team, Acevedo surrendered only one run to the Pandas while striking out five.
The Bonnies scored often and early as Fogliano’s sacrifice fly scored Alexa Bertelle for the first run of the game. Emily Manti topped off the first inning with a bases-clearing shot into left center field for a grand slam to put Fontbonne up 5-0 at the end of the first inning.
Moving to next inning, the Bonnies were still pounding the ball as Sydney LaCognata sent a double to left field to score two runs that would ring up the score to 8-0 by the end of the second inning.
The “Mercy Rule” was put into effect again for the second time this season for the Bonnies’ eventual 17-1 win.