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Game Highlights for Week of April 29th, 2013

4/30/13

On Monday the BFS Boys Varsity Volleyball team defeated St. George Academy on the road 3-0 (25-11, 25-12, 25-11).   This was a good confidence booster for the team; even though they were a little rusty coming off the weekend.  The match showed that the team is maturing and playing at their own level, even when the flow of the game was inconsistent.  Everyone contributed to the team effort.  The setters freshman Quran D. and sophomore Griffin E. did a great job distributing the ball, combining for 20 assists.  The two outside hitters, sophomores Thomas C. and Lucas M. played very well combining for 23 kills and 5 digs.  Our middle hitters and supporting cast seniors Sebastian J., Alex D-L, Nick E., and Sam M. played a solid well rounded game, contributing with their serves, blocks, and defense.  Blue Pride!!

5/2/13

On Wednesday the BFS Boys Varsity Volleyball team defeated SIA 3-0 (25-21, 25-12, 25-16) on the road.  The team started slow.  They made too many mistakes early, which gave SIA a chance to stay in the match.  As they first set went on they woke up and started playing more consistently.  They carried the positive momentum into the second and third sets, making it easier for themselves.  It was a good test of patience for the team; they learned to maintain their focus and move on to the next point, even after an error was made.  All in all it was a very good team effort as they controlled the game in three consecutive sets.

5/3/13

On Thursday the BFS Boys Varsity Baseball team defeated York Prep in dramatic fashion as they walked off with a 10-9 victory down at Red Hook.  After allowing two runs in the top of the first inning, BFS struck back with five of their own to lead 5-2 after one inning.  The BFS Panthers added two more in the second to go up 6-2.  It looked as though it could be a runaway, but York fought back with three in the fourth inning.  BFS responded with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning and lead 7-5 going into the fifth.In the fifth however, York scored two more runs to tie the game.  Undaunted, the Panthers got the two right back in the bottom of the fifth to lead 9-7.  The score remained the same until the seventh inning.  In the seventh York Prep once again scored two runs to knot the game at 9-9.  With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Eric G. and Avery M. took back to back walks.  After a couple of pitches they were successful on a double steal to put the winning run on third.  With first base open York decided to walk Misha H. to load the bases and set up a force play at home.  The next batter hit a weak fly ball to second base for the second out of the inning.  So the stage was set for the heroics of Adam G. Adam jumped on the first pitch he saw and he hit a hard grounder to the shortstop.  The ball took a bad hop and York’s shortstop was unable to handle it as the winning run scored.  Adam’s teammates rushed out to first base to congratulate him on a well deserved walk-off game winning hit.  Next up for BFS is their final PSAA league game of the season and a meeting with Friends Seminary next Monday.  Blue Pride!!

The Girls Varsity Softball team defeated Churchill 15-9 at Van Voorhies Field.  The team got off to a good start scoring 5 runs in the top of the first inning.  Junior Julia G. had a very impressive triple that drove in three runs.  BFS made a couple of blunders in the field early and Churchill got three runs back.  BFS went down scoreless in the top half of the second inning, as did Churchill in the bottom half of the inning.  BFS picked up one run in the third to give them a 6-3 lead.  Churchill again went scoreless.  BFS had a very good fourth inning picking up 5 more runs as Taty had a 2 RBI triple, Julia G. had an RBI double, Ariel G. had an RBI single, and Sarah M. had a nice single.  Chruchill picked up two more runs in the bottom half.  BFS now led 11-5.  BFS went down in the fifth inning.  After 4 solid innings of pitching freshman Taty R. handed the ball off to sophomore Daisy F. who took the mound.  Daisy was helped by some great defense as BFS turned an inning ending double play to get out of a little jam.  During the top of the sixth BFS had another good inning as Taty led off with a triple, Julia B. had a RBI single, Chloe B. had a RBI triple, and Julia G. finished things off with a two run home run.  BFS now led 15-5.  Churchill was able to tack on two more runs to close it to 15-7.  BFS went scoreless in the top of the seventh and Churchill managed two more runs to finish at 15-9.  Beautiful day, well played game, victory for BFS.  Great job by our team.  Ariel played one of her best games at shortstop, Julia G. made some impressive catches in centerfield, Sage M. had a great catch late in the game, Taty caught a couple of nice line drives to the mound, Chloe had a very solid game at first base, Airenkhue closed things out with a pop up catch behind te plate.  Congrats to everyone on the team.

The MS Girls Softball team defeated UNIS 8-6 down at Red Hook.  It was a bright and beautiful day.  The team was able to compete against UNIS which had a very large roster.  It was close, competitive game, and friendly game that ended with many happy faces all around.  BFS 8th grader Hildi G. has been relentlessly practicing her pitching over the past few weeks and it certainly paid off as she finished the game with 6 strikeouts.  Fellow eighth grader Fiona B., our catcher had a very solid game, she was fearless.  Jessie I. (8th) hit the ball flawlessly to add to the victory.  Eighth grader Sophie E. (8th) was able to get on base every time she stepped to the plate.  Overall it was a great game that was fun filled and rewarding.

The US Varsity Track team competed in an ISAL Meet at Van Cortlandt Park.  The girls and boys teams run well with the
highlight of the meet being a victory by the girls 4×400 meter relay
team.

Injuries have plagued the women’s team this season but on
Thursday BFS was able to field four young ladies ready and primed to
compete.  The quartet of Elinor H., Maya K., Giovanna M. and
Mali A. already had strong races under their belt from the day’s
earlier races. Mali and Elinor started the day off with a first and
fourth place finish in the 800 meters.  Mali took command of the race
from the start and came home with the wire to wire victory.  Elinor’s gutsy
run for fourth indicated she would be ready for the relay.
In the girls one mile race Giovanna and Maya ran
third and fifth respectively.  Big congratulations go to Maya who faced
her reservations about racing on the track and posted a strong
performance in her first track race ever.   Giovanna ran well given she
just came back from limited training as a result of shin splints.
These races set up the exciting 4×400 meter relay. 
Elinor led off with a powerful leg which placed BFS in first place by
over two seconds.  Maya took the baton from her, having only finished her
mile race fifteen minutes earlier.  In spite of fatigue, Maya steadily
set out on her leg and ran with determination.  Only one fresh runner
from the field passed Maya as she passed the baton to Giovanna and second
place only a few paces behind first.  Giovanna ran undauntedly as she
marked her sights on the sole runner in front of her.  A furious kick on
the home stretch sent her to the lead and gave the anchor leg to Mali with a
commanding lead which was never challenged on the final lap. 
The girls victory was a testament to their commitment
to training and each other.  Every leg was integral to the victory.  Each
runner brought a different style and discipline to the race which
reflects the varied nature of track and wide spectrum of people who can
be successful in the sport.  It was truly a great day for the team.
The boys team showed well as Jacob I. and Jose
U. each ran well in the mile and 800 meters respectively.  Each runner
showed strong kicks in the end of their races.  This demonstration of
competitiveness bodes well for them as the season progresses.   Blue Pride!!

5/4/13

On Friday the BFS Girls Varsity Softball team played a thriller down at Van Voorhies Field.  The team won in dramatic fashion as they got a two run home run by junior Julia G. with two outs in their final at bat.  The 15-14 non-league victory improves the teams overall record to 5-4.  The team started strong picking up four runs in the bottom of the first inning.  Sophomore Julia B. had a very nice triple, and Sophie A., Chloe B., Julia G., Ariel G., and Sarah M. all had singles during the first inning.  BFS pitcher Julia G., sat their opponent down one, two, three in the top half of the second inning as she fielded all three grounders back to the mound and threw over to Chloe at first for the putouts.  BFS tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the second Julia B. had another nice hit, this time a 2RBI double.  BFS found itself leading 6-1 after two innings of play.  UNIS picked up three runs in the top half of third and BFS answered with four of their own in the bottom half of the inning.  Sophie A. hit a liner to the gap in the outfield for her first career triple and picked up two RBI’s.  BFS now led 10-4 after three innings.  UNIS never gave up.  They had a big fourth inning and were able to plate 5 runs against BFS.  The score was 10-9 going into the bottom of the fourth inning.  BFS managed only one run in the bottom half as they left the bases loaded.  Up 11-9 going into the fifth inning, BFS looked like they were going to get out of the inning without any damage, but UNIS got going with a two out rally and picked up three important runs to take a 12-11 lead.  Sophomore Julia C. who was injured the day before and number one fan Mary Young (BFS Preschool Teacher) arrived to help cheer on BFS, along with numerous BFS Parents.  In the bottom of the fifth down one run BFS with two outs and one on, Christeline V. stepped to the plate.  She was hoping for a walk, but she ended up striking out, but the catcher couldn’t control the third strike and Christeline was encouraged to run to first, and that is what she did.  She beat the throw.  So now there are two outs and two runners on for BFS.  Junior Anna E. calmly stepped up to the plate and picked up a two RBI single.  BFS now found themselves back in the lead 13-12 going into the final inning.  BFS just needed three more outs to pick up their second winning of the week (back to back wins).  UNIS hit a grounder to shortstop and Ariel calmly made the play and a strong throw over to firs tto pick up the ever important first out of the inning.  Then next UNIS batter hit a grounder to the birthday girl at second base Julia B. who made the play for the second out.  Everything was looking good for BFS as they only needed one more out.  UNIS three hitter stepped to the plate and was able to work out a single.  Two outs tying tun on and their clean up hitter was now at the plate, she was already 4 for 4.  She took the first pitch and drove it over our leftfielders head for a home run which gave UNIS the 14-13 lead.  BFS retired the next hitter and now the team met on the sidelines to talk about their final at bat.  Using Julia C. attendance and Mary Young’s presence as inspiration the team was instructed that we only need one runner to reach base, in doing so that would set things up for our number one offensive hitter Julia G.  BFS’ second batter in the line up hit a grounder back to the mound that was played cleanly for the first out.  BFS’ three hitter hit the ball to shortstop and as she had done all game, she fielded it and fired a strike to first for the second out of the inning.  BFS was now down to its last out.  BFS’ cleanup hitter Chloe stepped up and was reminded all we needed was one base runner.  As she did her last at bat (a walk) she listened, this time picking up an extremely important single.  The atmosphere was great, a beautiful Friday afternoon, two teams playing a close competitive Girls Varsity Softball Game, everyone on the edge of their seats waiting for the final moments to play out….Julia G. stepped to the plate and as she has done all season and in her career she showed no fear and no hesitation.  She took the first pitch which was in her wheelhouse, just below her knees and hit a screamer down the third base line right over the bag and as she ran the ball rolled, and rolled, and rolled all the way to the fence for the walk off two run homerun and the BFS victory.  Blue Pride Runs Deep, Friends Forever!!