On Monday the BFS Girls Varsity Softball team defeated Friends Seminary 6-5 in dramatic fashion with their second walk off victory in as many games. It was another beautiful day at the field. BFS was taking on a strong opponent who easily beat them last year. The team has taken great strides this season and has shown much improvement. Luckily for BFS, Friends Seminary did not pitch their ace sophomore pitcher who is one of the best private school pitchers in the city. It was a very “Friendly” atmosphere as both Quaker teams took the field. With sophomore pitcher Julia G. on the hill for BFS they were able to retire their opponent one, two, three during the first inning as Julia G. threw strikes (7 total pitches in the inning) and BFS made the plays. The first ball was hit to our second base women Maret S-M who made the play, then the second hitter hit a grounder back to the mound which Julia G. fielded cleanly, and the third hitter hit a grounder to third base and sophomore Julia B. fired a strike over to first base where junior Chloe B. made her third put out of the inning. It was a great start for BFS. Maret led off the bottom of the inning with a walk and was able to score on a ball hit by our clean up hitter Chloe later in the inning. BFS took the field in the second inning with a 1-0 lead. In the top of the second Julia G. once again threw strikes (10 total pitches in the inning) and fielded three straight ground balls back to the mound and calmly threw the ball over to Chloe at first base for the put outs. With the victory the team improved to 6-4 overall and is having its best season in ten years. BFS went down in order during the bottom of the second inning. In the top of the third Friends Seminary was able to get a hit to start the inning. Julia G. struckout the next hitter and got the following hit to pop up to her for the second out. It looked like BFS might get out of the inning unscathed, but the tenth hitter in the Friends line up came up with a big RBI single to tie the game 1-1. BFS went down again in te bottom of the third but this time they left the bases loaded. BFS’ big hitter Julia G. tried to jump on an outside pitch and she was a little early, her bat caught the end of the ball and it slowly sailed off the end of the bat to the pitcher at the mound. That was a missed opportunity for BFS. Friends Seminary once again managed to get their lead off hitter on base, but this time BFS retired the next three hitters their opponent sent up to the plate without allowing a run. Sophomore Ariel G. then led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a single. Junior Sarah M. followed with another single. Junior Ann E. advanced the runners over. Sophomore Christeline V. came up with one of the biggest hits of her career, an RBI single to give BFS the lead 2-1. BFS shut Friends down in the top of the fifth inning to hold one to the 2-1 lead. Then in the bottom half of the inning freshman Naya C. batting out of the two spot came up with a big lead off walk. Chloe managed a walk as well, so with one out BFS had two runners on base for Julia G. who picked up an RBI (team leader) single. Ariel followed with a walk and Sarah M. picked up an RBI single. BFS tried to send Julia G. from second to home on the hit but she was cut down at the plate by a great throw and a great catch and tag by their catcher. BFS now found themselves up 4-1 against a very good opponent going into the sixth inning. Ariel G. made a nice play on a line drive for the first out of the inning and Julia G. got the lead off hitter to hit it back to her for the easy put out. Now BFS was one out from getting out of the inning. Its not easy to keep a strong team down. Friends picked up three straight hits and and got two runs to make it 4-3 gong into the bottom of the sixth inning. BFS went down scoreless in the bottom half of the inning. BFS was still up one run going into the final inning. Julia G. got the first Friends batter to pop up to our catcher Anna. E for the first out. Then they picked up a single. They stole second and third, so the tying run was now on third with one out. Julia G. got the Friends batter to pop up to her on the mound for the second out. BFS needed one more out to close things out. The ninth and tenth hitters both picked up RBI hits and Friends took the 5-4 lead. Once again, BFS found themselves down one run with the heart of their order coming up. Freshman Naya C. managed another lead off walk to give BFS hope. Julia B. grounded back to the pitcher advancing the runner. With one out and a runner on Chloe managed another important walk. So BFS had two runners on and one out. Julia G. stepped up tot the plate again with a chance to do some real damage. She hit a high fly ball to left field that barely landed on the fair line for a ground rule double. The game was now tied at five and BFS had runners on second and third with one out. Ariel hit a grounder back to the mound and the pitcher threw to home where the catcher tagged out Chloe for the second out. That brought Sarah M. to the plate with Julia G., the game winning run on third. Julia G. has been known to attempt to steal home. She didn’t have the chance, Sarah M. came threw with the game winning single and BFS walked off with their second thrilling come from behind victory in as many days. Great job team!!
They will close out the regular season on Wednesday and then its on to the playoffs…Blue Pride!!
The BFS Boys Varsity Baseball team also defeated Friends Seminary. Down at Red Hook in an all “Friends” affair, the Panthers’ final PSAA regular season game was Near Perfect. On the line for BFS was a chance at securing a spot in the PSAA Playoffs. Even though the game was on the familiar Red Hook Fields, the Panthers played the game as the visitors. With staff ace and senior captain Misha H. on the mound it was vital that the bats got off to a fast start. It wasn’t until two outs were already recorded in the top of the first however that BFS started a rally and plated two runs during the inning. In the bottom of the first Misha used a very lively fastball to retire the side on just eleven pitches, including two strikeouts. In the top of the second inning with two outs, a run already in and runners on first and third Misha hit a blast to deep left center field for an apparent three-run homerun and a 6-0 lead. But prior to the next pitch the Friends Seminary pitcher on instruction from his coach stepped off the mound and appealed third base. Misha was judged to have missed the base and called out. He would have to settle for a two run double and a 5-0 lead. Misha made quick work of FS in the bottom of the second by striking out the side. The score remained the same until the top of the fifth inning when BFS added two more runs with the key hit coming on senior Theo E.’s one out double. In the bottom of the fifth inning with two out and a two strike count on the batter, an inside fastball got away from Misha and he hit the FS batter. The hit batsman was the first runner Misha allowed to reach base all the day. So the perfect game was gone. Misha quickly regained his composure and struck out the next batter to retire the side. The score remained the same through the sixth inning where Misha back on track did not allow a hit. So he would take the no-no into the seventh and final inning. The first batter up for FS was the number two hitter and he hit a sharp grounder to short stop where Theo knocked it down and made the throw to first. Next up was the number three hitter, after taking a fastball to fall behind 0-1 he blooped a fly ball to shallow right field into what is known as the Bermuda Triangle as it was placed just out of reach of the first baseman, second baseman and the right fielder. And in that soft fly ball the no-hitter was gone. Misha recovered however and struck out the next two batters to end the game with a brilliant BFS 7-0 win. The outstanding all around performance was the team’s first game of the season without committing and error and it secured a spot in the PSAA playoffs with the final seeding still undetermined. The win takes the Panthers overall record to 8-6 and guarantees them a fourth consecutive winning regular season. They will take on Garden School on Thursday in non PSAA action and their final regular season game as they gear up for their playoff push. Blue Pride!!
On Tuesday the BFS MS Boys Baseball team defeated Avenues down at Red Hook. Eighth grader Emmitt S. pitched a complete game and scored three times to lead the team in victory. Eighth grader Miles N. and seventh grader Alex B. led the BFS offense with a couple of RBI’s. The game was highlighted by the fundamentally sound defense. The defense played its best game of the year, including a great catch in the outfield. It was a real team victory, contributions were made by all.
On Thursday the BFS Girls Varsity Softball team defeated Garden 16-15 in dramatic fashion at Van Voorhies Field with their third walk off victory in as many games. The team found themselves shorthanded due to the game being re-scheduled from the previous days poor weather. Team members had school related and outside activities which made them unavailable for this important league game. With a win BFS would clinch second place and home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Due to missing half their team BFS had to make numerous adjustments in the field to start the game. Luckily there were a lot of core postion players available. One of those players was our third base woman Julia B. who was on her way back from a school trip. She arrived just before the first pitch, but coach had to play her at first base due to that fact that we were missing our regular first base woman. BFS was missing their regular first base woman, regular second base woman and both catchers. The 11 available players focused on the task at hand and took the field for the game. BFS picked up the first out, but then Garden’s number two hitter hit a shot into the left center gap for a triple. They followed that hit up with two more hits and took a quick 3-0 lead. BFS answered back in the bottom half of the first inning with three runs of their own as the first two batters for BFS (Naya C., and Taty R.) reached base with walks. Julia B. flied out to left and BFS tagged up for their first run. Our clean up hitter Julia G. had a nice RBI double, and Sarah M. continued her hot hitting with an RBI single. Garden scored one run in the second inning, as did BFS to make the score 4-4 after two innings of play. Garden picked up one more run in the top of the third inning. BFS added three for the 7-5 lead after three innings of play. So far so good, BFS was able to field their positions even though some players were not in the normal places in the field. That feeling didn’t last though, as BFS was able to retire the important first batter in the top of the fourth inning, but then BFS struggled as Garden got on base with hit after hit and stole base afte base. BFS finally got out of the inning after Garden batted around and scored 6 big runs to take an 11-7 lead going into the bottom of the fourth. Even though BFS had the top of their order coming up they were not able to score and Garden maintained their four run lead. Coach had decision on his hands, stay status quo in the field or make a few adjustments to strengthen center positons but weaken others. It was a risky move, but after last inning one that needed to be made at that point and time in the game. So with the changes made BFS was hoping for the best in the top of the fifth inning and that is just what they got, their first one, two, three inning of the game. Now the team needed soem more offense so they could try to catch up to Garden and their four run lead. Julia G. led off with a single and came around to score, but BFS left the bases loaded and only picked up one run to make it 11-8. Garden’s two, three, and four hitters stepped up to the plate to start he sixth inning and they all picked up hits, as did the five and six hitters. BFS finally got the seventh hitter to pop up to the pitcher and then BFS worked some magic in turing an inning ended double play. Garden grounded the ball back to the BFS pitcher Julia G. who looked the runner back, fired a strike to first, and then the Garden runner on third darted home and first base woman Julia B. fired her own strike home to BFS catcher Taty R. who caught the ball and made the tag on the bang, bang play for the exciting inning ended double play. BFS was now down five runs again at 13-8 going into the bottom of the sixth inning. Naya led off with a walk and BFS managed to get back the two runs that had just given up. So, going into the final inning BFS was down 13-10. Hoping for a smooth top of the seventh BFS took the field. Julia G. walked their number ten batter, but then was able to get their leadoff hitter to hit it back to her on the mound and she calmly threw over to first base for the important first out of the inning. But now she had to get threw their number three and number four hitters unscathed. That didn’t happen, Garden scored two more runs to give them a 15-10. BFS was down, but not out. Even though they were missing half their roster the girls that were their had played extremely well, but a few mistakes had given Garden the five run lead. BFS had their last three hitters in their order up to start the inning and they were instructed to be patient and patient they were. All three picked up very important walks as Garden’s pitched had trouble with her control as she was feeling the pressure more and more with every pitch. BFS now had the bases loaded and no outs with the top of their order stepping to the plate. Naya grounded out but picked up an RBI and BFS was now down four runs. Taty walked and the bases were now loaded again. Julia B. grounded out but BFS scored another run to close the deficit to three. BFS down three, with two outs, and their big hitter, junior Junior G. batting out of the clean up position had runners on second and third. She was the tying run. She has been in this spot before and the chances of her coming through are always very high. Garden’s left fielder was pretty shallow and Coach instructed her to consider driving it to leftfield. Julia had other plans. She picked up an RBI single, so BFS was now down two with two runners on. Sarah F. stepped to the plate with runners on second and third. She was able to work out another important walk to load the bases. Sarah M. stepped to the play and continued the patient at bats for BFS. Garden’s pitcher was all over the place and on a passed ball Taty was able to run home to cut Garden’s lead to one run. BFS now had the tying run on third and the winning run on second. BFS Coach called time and asked one of the umps for some clarification on stealing home. He was going to send Julia G. to steal home on the next pitch, but Garden through another wild pitch and Julia G. raced home and slid under the tag for the tying run. Sarah F. raced to third. Sarah M. picked up a walk. The game was all tied up and Sage M. was at the plate for BFS with a chance to win it. Sage took the first pitch for a strike. BFS Coach once agin was considering stealing home, but BFS didn’t have to as Sarah raced home on another wild pitch for the thrilling comeback victory. It was BFS’ third walk off win in as many games. The thrilling come from behind walk off league victory secured second place for BFS and home field advantage in the first round of next weeks playoffs. The team will be back in action on Monday versus Bay Ridge Prep in the ISAL Semifinals. These two teams met earlier in the season and BFS pulled out an 11-10 win. It should be a good game. Please consider coming down to the field to support the team and the program. Blue Pride!!
The BFS Boys Varsity Volleyball team defeated UNIS 3-0 (25-8, 25-13, 25-10) in the upper gym. Today was a test of focus, since UNIS didn’t
have its full squad. The team maintained their focus and won in straight sets. After starting the first set tied 4 to
4, the team took over with strong transition and aggressive serving. During the second set, they got a little
overconfident and made a few mistakes, to help UNIS stay in the match. Then the team took over again behind strong
serving from sophomore Thomas C. As the season
continues, the team keeps showing great improvement. Everyone is finding his role on the team. Blue Pride!!