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Game Highlights for Week of May 13th, 2013


On Monday the BFS Girls Varsity Softball team defeated Bay Ridge Prep 21-13 in the ISAL Semifinals at Van Voorhies Field to advance to the championship game on Wednesday.  The team was missing a third of its players.  A couple of the missing players were regular position players.  The team had to make adjustments as usual.  On a chilly Monday down at the field the team got off to a slow start as the first two Bay Ridge Prep batters walked.  BFS struggled threw the top of the first giving up five runs (the same thing happened last time we played them).  BFS came up and managed to get their first four batters to reach base with hits and a walk.  After scoring a couple runs and picking up their second out of the inning BFS decided to try to take things into their own hands and sent Julia B. from third in attempt to steal home and steal a much needed run, it worked as they caught Bay Ridge Prep off guard.  They tried it again, but this time Julia G. was cut down at the plate even though she slid under the tag.  BFS was down 5-3 after one inning of play.  BRP picked up two more runs in the top of the second inning and BFS found themselves down 7-3 going into the bottom half of the inning.  Christeline V. led off the inning with a very important walk.  The next batter made out but advanced Christeline to second.  Daisy F. picked up another important walk and BFS now had the top of the order coming up.  Taty R., Sarah M., Julia B., Julia G., and Sophie A. had a hit parade going as they drove in six runs, then Ariel G. walked and Airenakhue O. followed with an RBI single for the seventh BFS run of the inning.  BFS was now leading 10-7 as they took the field in the third inning.  Taty R. settled down on the hill as the team settled down in the field.  She only faced four BRP batters during the third inning, striking out two of them.  BFS kept up the offensive attack as they had a another parade of base runners.  The first batter reached on an error and then Taty R. singled, Sarah M. singled, Julia B. walked, Julia G. blasted a base clearing triple, and in between a couple outs Anna E. and Kariesha picked up hits.  BFS scored six more runs to take a 16-7 lead.  No lead is ever big enough.  BRP got back three runs in the top of the fourth and closed the gap to six at 16-10.  BFS once again had their top of the order coming to bat, so things looked good.  But after a lead off out, a walk, a nice play by BRP’s shortstop, and a BFS runner getting cut down on a nice play, BFS only added one more run to make it 17-10 going into the fifth inning.  Taty came up big as she struckout BRP’s first batter and then BFS made two plays in the infield to retire BRP one, two, three on seven total pitches.  BFS had the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth but couldn’t add to their lead as all three of their outs were strikeouts and they didn’t advance any runners.  BFS ran into some trouble during the sixth inning giving up three more runs.  Kariesha M. made a very nice catch for an out on a BRP line drive to help them get out of that inning.  BFS found themselves up 17-13 going into the bottom of the sixth inning.  Once again, BFS had their top of the order coming to the plate.  Taty started the inning off with a line drive single.  Sarah M. followed up with a walk.  Julia B. hit a blast for a 2 RBI double.  Julia G. picked up a hit (she finished 5 for 5 with 2 doubles, 1 triple, and 6 RBI’s) and Sophie walked.  The four runs scored that inning gave BFS some insurance going into the final inning.  Up 21-13 and facing the bottom three in BRP’s line up, BFS just needed three more outs to advance in the playoffs.  The ever important first out came on a grounder to second where Sophie cleanly played it and threw over to first.  Sophie had not played second base all season, but when coach asked her on the bus ride over if she could play it, she calmly responded “I can do anything”.  That confident response enabled coach to fill the whole at second today.  The next ball was also hit to Sophie at second and she once again cleanly fielded the ball and threw it over to first base where Julia B. stepped up to cover that position since we were not only missing our second base woman, but also our first base woman.   BFS was now one out away from heading back to the ISAL Championship Game after last years thrilling 10-6 semifinal upset win over BWL at the Great Lawn.  Taty revved up and fired three strikes to catcher Anna. E. for her seventh srikeout of the game and the complete game victory.  The team took care of business today and will practice tomorrow as they gear up for Wednesdays ISAL Championship Game against undefeated league opponent LREI who boasts a great ninth grade pitcher who really brings it.  First pitch is scheduled for 3:30pm at Van Voorhies Field.  We hope you can make it.  Thanks to all the fans that came out to support us today and during the season.  Blue Pride!! Championship Bound!!  

The BFS Boys Volleyball team defeated Berkeley Carroll 3-0 (25-10, 25-15, 25-10) in their final home game of the season.  The team used the match to measured how much they have
improved over the course of the season.  BC started the first set with the lead, then BFS caught up and never
looked back.  After a shaky start, BFS took over and dominated the whole match, wining in three straight sets.  Griffin
E. controlled the transition beautifully dishing 19 assists.  Thomas C. once again had a dominating
overall performance, accumulating 14 kills, 9 digs, 6 aces, and 2 blocks.  Sebastian J., Nick E., Alex D-L, and Sam M.
completed their last home game as seniors, playing great defense at the net and
on the back row.  The younger
players, Quran D., Tyler V., Juan A., and Kamal G. played very
consistently overall.  The team was
determined to have a strong last home game performance against a neighborhood
team.  They will look to complete their very successful season on a high note this Wednesday on the road in their final game of the year.

The BFS MS Boys Baseball team defeated Berkeley Carroll 8-7 in Prospect Park for their second straight win.  Jackson W. took the hill and struck
out eight, including the final batter with bases loaded to end Berkeley Carroll’s rally.  The balanced BFS offensive attack was led by
the big bats of Miles N. and Alex B. in addition to the aggressive base
running of Emmitt S.  This is the first winning streak of the season for
the middle school sluggers.  Blue Pride!!

The BFS US Outdoor Track team participated in the ACIS Championship Meet down at Red Hook.  Our small team of six runners demonstrated immense desire in all the races they competed in. Their participation in the Championships bodes well for the team next year.
The BFS males athletes who competed in the ACIS Championships were Jacob I. and senior Jose U.  Jacob started the day off for the team in the 1600m run.  The race equates to almost exactly a mile.  The top runners in the league toed the line and at the gun they set off on a blistering pace.  Jacob had a decision to make, he could stick his nose into the battle or run at a pace in his comfort zone.  Jacob’s competitive instinct took over and he went with the pack. 
In running vernacular it is called a adverse pace: A pace which will only serve to bring on early 
exhaustion and pain. Yet, exploring new horizons also stretches one’s realm of capabilities. 
Jacob came through the first lap ten seconds faster than he had run the first laps of his previous 
races.  He said it felt comfortable.  The excitement of competition can mask ensuing pain rather 
well.  In addition, Jacob was focused and determined.  Nevertheless, the effort of the first lap 
began to take its toll and the pack forged ahead as Jacob worked to maintain contact.  Ultimately, 
the more experienced runners had their day.  Jacob, however, finished with a two second personal 
best which was only achieved because of his willingness and desire to “go for it” and this is all 
we can ask of our athletes.  Jose U. went for it in the 400m.  This shorter race of one lap around the track can be as taxing as the 1600m. Jose came home fourth in his heat. It was the close to a good day for Jose who earlier in the day secured an internship with a big time fashion designer. 
The young ladies of BFS had Elinor H. competing in the 400m and Maya K., Giovanna 
M. and Mali A. joining her in the 4x400m relay.  Elinor also finished fourth in her heat.  Her time was almost exactly the same time she has run in three previous races.  Next year she will break through this seemingly impenetrable barrier. The relay team ran in special section against a boys team from Friends Academy.  The girls were inspired and the boys were motivated.  Such a setting drove both teams to compete at their highest level.  In the end, the girls could not over take the boys but they improved their best time from earlier in the year by one second.

The track season ended on a high note.  The team gelled and became a close knit group which enjoyed their runs, trainings, core work, and competitions.  The group always knew there would be work but also came realize a bunch of fun also came with membership on the team.


On Wednesday the BFS Boys Varsity Volleyball team defeated Evangel Christian on the road 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-19) in its final game of the season.  And what a season they had.  This was their tenth victory with only three defeates.  The team represented BFS with lots of Pride.  They dominated the first two
sets, winning 25-14, 25-14, then
they lost their focus on the third set, allowing ECHS to tie the game at 14-14;
a timeout, they re-focused, and played with more consistency, putting the
pressure back
on ECHS.  Both Griffin E. and Lucas
M. led the way with the serve, and Thomas C. controlled the net with his
offense.  The team ended up winning the
third set 25-19.  It was a great
test for our young team, who showed great growth, determination, and
will to
improve in each and every match.  Thomas
finished the game with 23 kills, 10 digs, and two aces.  Griffin set a great
game, finishing with 26 assists.  Lucas added 8 kills, 8 digs, and 3
aces.  Nick E., Quran D., Sam M., Alex D-L,
Tyler V., and Kamal G. competed and contributing with
defense, as well as their consistent overall play.

The BFS Girls Varsity Softball team lost in the ISAL Championship Game at Van Voorhies Field 14-11.  BFS 8-4 was taking on LREI 6-0 in the big finale.  BFS lone league loss came to LREI earlier in the season.  BFS had just reeled off six straight wins (last loss 4/22/13), including three recent walk off victories and and a playoff victory.  The team was ready for the challenge.  BFS arrived to the field and the number one seed was already there warming up.  The skies cleared, the fans arrived, and both teams were ready for the big game.  BFS went into its final preparations and talked about getting off to a good start, last time they played this didn’t happen and they gave up five runs in the first and three more in the second of the 4/17/13 regular season loss.  They did settle down that game, but facing the best pitcher in the league and one of the better freshman pitchers around, you cannot give up that many runs as we had trouble scoring and lost 13-3.  Almost a month later BFS was much improved and definitely more confident, especially at the plate.  Coming off a solid practice yesterday the girls were ready, or so we thought.  Since we ere the number two seed we were hitting first and hit we did, but our first three batters hit it right to the their players.  Maret S-M hit it back to the mound and was retired at first, Taty R. hit it to second base and was retired at first, and Julia B. hit a high fly ball to center field that was caught for the third out.  Three up and three down for BFS.  Taty took the mound as BFS took the field and the sun was now shining.  A walk, a hit, another hit, and then a screaming ball down the third baseline for a homerun quickly put BFS in a 4-0 whole.  LREI batted around and picked up a fifth run to take the early 5-0 lead.  Not a great start for BFS.  The good thing was we looked like we were able to make some good contact the first inning, so hopefully that was a good sign that we are now able to hit this skilled pitcher.  Julia G. led off the top of the second with her team leading fifth home run of the season, a one hopper off the wall.  BFS was re-energized after the very poor start.  Chloe B. followed with a hit of her own, so the first five BFS batter made contact, a very good sign.  No more hits that inning for BFS.  LREI up 5-1 going into the bottom of the second inning.  LREI’s number two and number three hitters picked up solid hits and BFS made a few nice plays in the field, but LREI added two more runs.  BFS now found themselves down 7-1 going into the top of the third inning.  The inning started with a strikeout for BFS, but then Christeline V. picked up a very important walk.  She has started a few rallies up recently with important walks.  The top of the order came back up for BFS and Maret calmly walked, Taty picked up a single, Julia B. walked to pick up a RBI.  The bases were loaded for Julia G. who has done what she has done all season, drove a ball to the right center gap for a base clearing double, picking up three RBI’s to give her 22 for the season (team leader).  BFS managed one more run that inning and picked up five to climb back in the game 7-6.  BFS retired the first LREI batter, then they picked up a single, Julia G. made a nice play for the sccond out, and Taty strikeout the next batter to keep LREI scoreless that inning.  Again the first BFS batter struckout, and Christeline picked up another very important walk.  Maret followed with another walk, and Taty with another single.  Things looked good for BFS with the bases loaded and one out and our number three batter Julia B. up at the plate.  Julia hit a high fly ball to right but LREI made the catch and BFS only able to tag up for one run.  Julia G. stepped up to bat with two runners on and two outs.  She hit the ball off the end of the bat and back to the mound, their pitcher calmly threw over to first base for the important third putout of the inning.  It was now 7-7 going into the bottom of the fourth.  BFS had weathered a bad first inning and caught up and were back in the game.  we were making contact and getting base runners on, so all we needed to do was continue improving in the field and make the plays, give up no big innings.  LREI had the top of their order up, a walk, a hit, another hit for an RBI put BFS down one with no outs and their cleanup hitter up.  Taty got her to hit a pop up to shot for the first out.  One out and runners now on second and third BFS had to just get passed LREI’s fifth hitter.  The first pitch was a ball, the next a strike.  The count was one and one and the BFS Coach had thought about calling time and walking her intentionally to load the bases and hope for the best with the rest of LREI’s order, but before he could decide their number five batter laced a grounder just over the third base bag for a three run homer as it rolled all the way to the fence.  LREI scored two more runs after that and BFS finally managed to get out of the inning with two more outs.  This was the big inning BFS gave up.  One is bad enough, you can’t have two, and not in a championship game against an undefeated team.  The score was now 13-7 to start the fifth inning.  Like they have done all season the team continued to battle, not really knowing they were even down six runs now they started another rally against te very skilled LREI pitcher.  Chloe got a hit, Sarah M. got a hit, Ariel G. picked up a RBI hit, Sophie A. picked up a RBI hit.  No outs two in and two on for BFS.  A stikeout was followed by a pinch hit 2RBI single by Sage M.  Julia B. came up with two outs and hit a grounder that was field and played by LREI for the third out as they were able to pick up the very important force out at third base.  BFS wanted to steal third on the previous pitch to try to negate the force option but the BFS runner didn’t commit and retreated back to second.  It ws now 13-10 going int othe bottom of the fifth.  Both teams had a roster of about twenty players, both teams had numerous coaches, adults involved with the schools, and now a very nice fan base.  The two youth baseball teams to play following our game were their with their friends and families, so there was a great atmosphere with the sun out and both teams batting for the ISAL League Championship.  Once again, Taty struggled to pitch to LREI’s lead off batter and walked her for the third time in four at bats.  A grounder to Sophie at second was the first out, the LREI runner advanced to second as Sophie didn’t think she could tag her and throw to first for the double play.  The next pitch was hit hard and lined off the glove of Taty on the mound and ricocheted right into Sophie’s waiting glove.  She calmly tossed it over to Julia G. covering second base for the well played double play.  BFS huddled up and tried to focus on the final two inning down three.  BFS’ clean up hitter Julia G. (3-4 two doubles, three RBI’s) led off with a double.  BFS was able to get her home, but that was it.  The score was now 13-11 LREI, bottom of the six.  LREI’s clean up hitter led off with a towering fly ball that popped out of the BFS outfielders glove.  LREI ended up with the bses loaded and two outs.  Taty seemed to run out of gas at this point after pitching extremely well most of the game.  BFS made the risky decision to remove Taty and bring in Julia G. for the final out of the inning.  LREI’s last batter in their line up was up.  A hit here would really open things up.  Julia G. three the first three pitches for balls.  Then she was able to get the next pitch over for a strike. Everyone was on the edge of their seats.  Then she calmly threw another one over the plate and the LREI batter swung and missed.  Bases loded, two out, two strikes, full count, something was going to happen, but what?,  Strike three.  BFS managed to get out of the inning only giving up one run so they once again found themselves down three runs going into their final at bat.  We had a chance…  Undefeated LREI was up 14-11 and their pitcher was still throwing hard.  BFS once again huddled up and talked about their great season and what they needed this final inning.  The BFS pinch hitter worked the count to 3-2 but went down swinging for the first out of the final inning.  The ninth position in the order for BFS (played by three different players today) went 0-4 and accounted for four strikeouts to lead off four innings (3rd, 4th, 5th, and 7th).  Sage calmly walked and BFS had some life.  Naya C. now batting out of the led off spot tried to work out a walk, but also went down swinging.  Two outs, one on, down three and our number two hitter up at the plate.  Taty was hit by the third pitch see saw.  The stage was set now, the tying run stepped to the plate and the go ahead run in Julia G. was on deck.  First pitch ball, second pitch ball, third pitch Julia B. took for a strike, fourth pitch was foul ball, the tension mounted.  BFS was hoping to get Julia G. up one more time to try to give it a ride and hope for the best, bu that never happened as the “Mighty Casey” went down on strikes.  The top pitcher in the league prevailed and LREI was crowned 2013 ISAL League Champions.  Congrats to LREI.  BFS was the runner up in the Playoff and in the regular season.  Its okay, we had a great season and everyone improved.  We have no seniors so we look forward to continued success and more fun out on the diamond.  We will be back.  As one of the BFS players stated as we walked off the field, “I don’t feel defeated”.  Thanks to everyone on the team for a great season.  Thanks to all our fans…Blue Pride Runs Deep, Friends Forever!!