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2017-04-19 / Sports

Sacred Heart softball splits games in Disney

by PATRICK J. NAGY Reporter

Sacred Heart softball coach Karen Conway was hoping to use the team’s recent trip to the Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida, in Disney World to gauge what she had in her lineup, and many of her questions were answered.

“It was a successful trip,” Conway said. “We faced good competition. Everyone we played, we were evenly matched.”

The Sharks split four regulation games, beating Newfane, 17-7, in five innings April 9 and Matawan from New Jersey, 13-11, April 10 and losing to Whitney Young from Chicago, 10-9, April 9 and Ewing from New Jersey, 15-7.

Junior Clare Falkowski was the winning pitcher and added a double and two RBIs at the plate against Newfane. Freshman Martha Balthasar threw two strikeouts over three innings in her first varsity action.

Sophomore Mackenzie Blake added a double and two RBIs. Freshman Gianna Fazzolari, who earned herself a starting job at catcher, batted 3-for-3 with a single, double, a two-run home run and three RBIs.

Junior Emma Tierney went 3-for-4 with a grand-slam home run over the fence. Junior Lauren Aichinger added a solo home run.

Sacred Heart trailed Matawan 10-8 in the fourth inning and scored three runs in the fifth and another two in the sixth to secure the win.

Balthasar threw four innings and four strikeouts against Matawan, and freshman Athena Zak threw three innings. Falkowski had a double and two RBIs.

Zak batted 2-for-4 with an RBI. Fazzolari hit a two-run home run over the fence and Aichinger hit a three-run home run.

Against Whitney Point, Zak hit a double, Blake totaled three RBIs and Fazzolari went 4-for-5 with three doubles. Falkowski was the losing pitcher.

The Sharks trailed Ewing, 9-7, in the sixth and Ewing tallied six runs in the sixth. Falkowski was the losing pitcher and hit a double at the plate. Fazzolari hit a two-run home run and tallied three RBIs. Sophomore Claire Hejaily went 2-for-4.

Sacred Heart also scrimmaged against Wamago and Windsor, both from Connecticut, Sunday, and Ursuline Academy from downstate New York Wednesday.

Sacred Heart faces Lancaster at noon Saturday in the Just Show Up Gerry Gentner Memorial Tournament at the Northtown Center at Amherst. The Sharks face Nichols at 4:15 p.m. Monday at Shoshone Park.

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