By Jay Young
DEPEW - Falconer's excellent postseason softball play came to an end on Friday afternoon when the No. 12 Lady Golden Falcons (15-5) dropped a Section 6 Class B-1 semifinal meeting, 16-1, against top-ranked Depew (14-3).
Falconer’s Brianna McFall lays down a sacrifice bunt in the first inning of Friday’s Section 6 Class B-1 softball semifinal at Depew High School. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
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After upsetting No. 4 Fredonia in the quarterfinals, 6-1, Falconer was unable to overcome the Lady Wildcats' offense and earn a spot in the sectional title game.
"We carried all the way through to Fredonia,'' Falconer coach Dan Morales said. ''You know, we knocked off a tough team there. It was the best game that I have seen them play this year, but as you saw today this was probably our worst game. And it is unfortunate that our worst game in the field and at the plate had to fall in a sectional semifinal.''
Despite the final score, Morales' team got out to a solid start against Depew and was able to pick up a lead in the first inning.
Sophomore Jenna Fellows began the game with a patient lead-off at-bat in which she fought back into the count before coaxing out a walk.
Following Fellows' lead, Brianna McFall laid down a sacrifice bunt, which brought starting pitcher Abby Courtney to the plate with a runner on second.
Courtney took two strikes before hammering a double to bring home Fellows for the opening run of the day, but that would be the only one that the Lady Golden Falcons would muster.
Errors in the field and confident hitting by the Lady Wildcats proved to be the difference, as they opened up a 5-1 lead in the first inning and cruised from there.
On the hill, Courtney tossed four walks and two strikeouts while Depew's Karsen Cotton fanned eight with one walk.
"I told those girls that, 'You know what? That is what happens sometimes, and that's life,''' Morales said. ''They aren't going to be measured by today, they are going to be measured on how they rebound from this. They are going to be measured on how they played this year.''
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Falconer softball can look forward to another solid roster next season, after losing only senior Meghan Chase to graduation.
"All our juniors are back, our whole starting infield is back, our center fielder is back. Essentially, we really have just right field, (so) we have one spot to go ahead and fill,'' Morales said. ''The goals are going to be the same (next season). We might have to step them up, you know. Win a league title this time (and) carry it through to a sectional championship.''
Depew will now meet Eden for the sectional title at 5 p.m., Wednesday at Niagara Wheatfield.