Resuming play after the Easter break, the 1-0 Fontbonne Varsity softball team took on a familiar foe from Queens, the Terriers of St. Francis Prep, as well as a new entry to the BQCHSAA Division AA, the Xaverian Clippers.
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By the fourth inning, Fontbonne was down 4-0 until the Bonnies began to put some runs on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning. After getting on base, Arianna Heinsch, Lexi Bertelle and Kayla Rolon all crossed the plate to narrow the Terriers’ lead to 4-3.
After Santina Arena singled with two out in the bottom of the seventh inning, Heinsch belted a dramatic two-run homer to beat the Terriers 5-4. In addition to her game-winning home run, Heinsch went three for three with two singles as the lead-off hitter and pitcher of the game.
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As a new entry to the Brooklyn-Queens AA Varsity Division, Xaverian’s Varsity softball team had its first encounter with Fontbonne..
The Bonnies started the scoring in the second inning as Nicki Torani singled and stole second, and then was subsequently doubled home by Sydney LaCognata. In the third inning, Bertelle scored after walking and stealing second for a 2-0 Fontbonne lead.
The Clippers came back with a run of their own when Noel Cook scrambled home from third on a wild pitch to make the score 2-1 by the end of the fourth inning.
Maintaining just a one run lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning, Fontbonne’s Christina DeAngelis and Anna Bolino singled as Sydney LaCognata stepped up to the plate “showing bunt” several times to draw in the Xaverian defense. Pulling back her bunt stance, LaCognata belted a bullet into left field for a home run to advance Fontbonne to a 5-1 lead.
In the top of the seventh inning, the Clippers would add two more runs as Bolino relieved Anna Acevedo on the mound for the final 5-3 Fontbonne win.
Besides her three-run homer, LaCognata would finish the game two for three with a double and four RBIs to provide what Fontbonne Coach Frank Marinello calls “insurance runs” that he constantly reminds his players are necessary to win games at this level.