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Softball: Falcons 'work for each other' in playoff win over Liberty

Liberty and Winters Mill were tied 3-3 in the sixth inning when Falcons freshman Lauren Cook drew a two-out walk.

Cook stole second base and later scored on an error to give the home team a one-run edge in the sixth during Thursday's Class 2A West Section 1 quarterfinal. The Lions notched three hits in the seventh inning, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Falcons as they defeated the visiting team 4-3 at Winters Mill.

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The Falcons (8-10) advance to face Century in a sectional semifinal Monday at 4 p.m. in Eldersburg.

"Honestly when we get together and lay our foot down and work as a team, we do well," said Falcons junior Megan Harman. "We work together, when we play for ourselves it's selfish ball and those are times when we lose because we are capable to win every game that we play. When we work for each other, that's when we lay our foot down and we knock teams out."

The teams had trouble stringing hits together through the first two innings, but the defensive fronts didn't waver.

Maddie Fawley and Harman connected on back-to-back doubles to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning. Zoey Deniker then reached base on a throwing error, which allowed Harman to score and put Deniker on second.

Megan Harman makes it back to first on an overthrow by Liberty during their playoff game May 10, 2018.
Megan Harman makes it back to first on an overthrow by Liberty during their playoff game May 10, 2018.(Ken Koons / Carroll County Times)

Two batters later, Lauren Wiley's fly ball to center allowed Cook, Deniker's courtesy runner, to come home, and the Falcons led 3-0.

Cheering for one another and getting the ball down helped the Falcons get that three-run edge, Deniker and Harman said.

"Once one person gets a hit, another person gets a hit and it all keeps going up from there," Harman said. "Everybody's cheering for each other and it just hypes everybody up."

The Falcons were still at bat and needed two more outs when lightning was detected in the area and play was halted for about 45 minutes.

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When the game resumed shortly after 6, the Lions took it upon themselves to get back into the game. Sophomore Jordan Nastos led off the sixth with a double and Brooke Heffler's triple brought Nastos in to score. Amy Jacobs drew a walk, and two batters later Melodie Miles drove in two runs with a single to tie the score at 3-3.

Cook's run in the sixth put the Falcons back on top, however, and into the next round.

The teams split with one another during the regular season. Winters Mill took the first win at Liberty, 12-6, and the Lions (8-12) won 15-12 at Winters Mill later in the season.

"The positive was that we did rally to make it a game, finally in the sixth, but we didn't hit enough early," Lions coach Chris Szocik said. "We were out in front of the ball popping it up a lot and didn't really create any opportunities early in the game where we should. We scored a lot of runs the last time we played them but didn't score many today. We made a few critical errors to compound our wounds but largely we didn't hit up to our capabilities."

Liberty 000 003 0 — 3 8 3

Winters Mill 000 300 x — 4 7 0

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L-Logan Heydon and Jordan Nastos; WM-Zoey Deniker and Megan Alisauckas. 2B: L-Nastos; WM-Maddie Fawley, Megan Harman. 3B: L-Brooke Heffler. WP: Deniker. LP: Heydon.



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