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Spring Athletics at BFS: The Week in Review

Week of May 9

On Monday the BFS Girls Varsity Softball Team defeated LREI in the ISAL Semifinals 16-4 at Randall’s Island. The team got off to a slow start after a long bus ride as they battled through traffic. It was the team’s first game on dirt and grass all season. BFS gave up two runs during the top of the first inning and went down one, two, three during the bottom half. BFS gave up another run in the top of the second inning and found themselves down 3-0.

The girls woke up in the bottom half of the inning as they batted around and scored 9 runs to take the lead. Our junior clean up hitter led things off with a single, the next BFS batter made an out, but then 9 BFS hitters reached base straight. In the top of the third inning BFS catcher Fiona B. threw out an LREI runner trying to steal third. Amanda B., who stepped into second base, made another nice play. First base women Ivy L. made a great stretch on a throw from pitcher Taty R. to help BFS get out of the inning. BFS picked up three more runs during the bottom half of the inning including a perfect bunt by Sierra V.

Coach was very excited as the team just worked on bunting at their last practice. BFS gave up one more run during the top of the fourth inning. Then bounced back with four of their own to close things out. Taty smacked an RBI double and then scored the final run of the game. Way to go team. Everyone contributed to the playoff victory. Great job Naya C., Taty R., Ivy L., Silvely A., Fiona B., Amanda B., Margaret C., Rosemary D-L-C, and Sierra V. BFS looks to defend its ISAL League Championship as it faces rival Bay Ridge Prep back at Randall’s Island on Wednesday in the ISAL Finals. This will be the 5th straight season the BFS Girls Varsity SoftbalL team has made it to the Championship Game. Blue Pride Runs Deep, Friends Forever…. Blue Pride!!

Also on Monday, the BFS Boys Varsity Volleyball Team defeated Masters School 3-0 (25-23, 25-15, 25-10) in the upper gym.

The BFS Boys Varsity Baseball Team defeated Garden 9-4 down at Red Hook on Monday. They closed out their season with a victory. It was their third in a row. The win was the culmination of a hard fought season that the boys improved week to week, game to game and inning to inning. A celebration for the seniors, three different seniors Charlie H., Will H. and Sam H. all took the mound for the last time as BFS Panthers. Fellow senior Henry J. contributed in other ways. In the fourth inning Emmitt S. took over the pitching in a 4-4 tie and struck out the side in his first inning of work. In the top of the fifth inning the offense took control of the game and scored five runs with RBI hits from Emmitt, Miles N. and Will. Offensively the team was led by junior Miles who was 2 for 3, with 2 doubles, 2 runs scored and had 3 RBI’s. Fellow junior Emmitt went 2 for 3, with a double, a run scored and 2 RBI’s. Blue Pride!!

The BFS MS Boys Baseball Team defeated Saint Ann’s 7-0 at Commodore Barry on Monday. After a week of rain outs, a refreshed and healthy middle school squad returned to the field defeating neighborhood rival Saint Ann’s. The team had it’s best defensive game of the year playing error free baseball. Gabe D. led the way pitching five innings of one hit baseball en route to the complete game shutout. Offensively he helped his cause bringing in a run. Coby W. came through with a 2 RBI single in the second inning that started the scoring attack. Lewis W. and Jack B. each added an RBI to help lead the team to victory. Blue Pride!

The BFS MS Boys Baseball Team continued their winning ways on Tuesday and defeated UNIS 13-6 at Red Hook. The team won their sixth game in a row under the lights. It was the first time a BFS MS Team played under the lights. Finn S. and Ty S. got the job done on the mound, combining to hold UNIS to only two hits. Aja M. led the offense with a 3-run home run during the first inning to get things rolling for BFS. Oscar M. and Lewis W. each added 2 RBI’s to the offensive contribution, while Ethan B-S, Finn S., and Gabe D. rounded out the scoring for the Panthers. Blue Pride!

The BFS MS Boys Baseball Team defeated Packer 6-2 in their final game of the season at Red Hook. It was great game to close out a great season and a great school year of MS Athletics. Gabe D. had another stellar performance on the mound. Gabe struck out eight including the last three to end the game. Gabe helped his cause going 2-2 at the plate with an RBI single in the first inning and a triple in the third inning. The Panthers capitalized on Packer errors for a five-run third inning. Patience at the plate led to plenty of walks and scoring opportunities. The Panthers end the season with a very impressive 9-1 record for the 2016 campaign. Way to go team and coaches. Blue Pride!!

On Wednesday, the BFS Girls Varsity Softball Team played in the ISAL Championship again at Randall’s Island against local Brooklyn rival Bay Ridge Prep. What a day and what a game. This was one for the ages. It was a real exciting game and anyone who was their was treated to an historic championship game. Way to go team. You represented the school in true “Blue Pride” fashion. Thanks to everyone involved. Blue Pride Runs Deep, Friends Forever!!

BFS jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning off one of the top pitchers in the league and against and undefeated opponent. Senior Naya C. lined a shot to the outfield on the first pitch of the game. Fellow senior Taty R. followed up with a hit of her own.  Junior Ivy L. picked up two RBI’s on a fielders choice. Fellow junior Silvely A. had a hit to round things out.  Taty who has been a n ace all season (and her whole BFS career) got off to a slow start and walked the first two batters she faced. This may have been due to our opponents showing up and hour late due to an accident. Then she began to throw strikes but the next two hitters came up with singles.

BFS worked some magic and was able to get out of the inning all tied up at three. But the teams good start was lost in the shuffle. Sophomore catcher Fiona B. led off the second inning with a hit. Then with two outs senior outfield Sierra V. came up with a huge RBI single to give BFS the lead again. Taty and the BFS team once again worked themselves out of a jam during the second inning. In the third inning Ivy picked up a hit and Silvely drove her home to give BFS a 5-3 lead. More BFS magic during the third inning as Fiona through to Naya at third base who tagged out the BRP runner to close out the inning. Fiona once again led off the inning with a hit and she was able to score to give BFS a three run lead at 6-3. BRP hit a shot to right field that was just past the outstretched glove of right fielder Rosemary D-L-C and by the time BFS threw it in the girl had a triple.

After an error and a hit BFS found themselves only up one run at 6-5 going into the top of the 5th inning.  This was a key inning for both teams. Taty R. lined a ball two center field and BFS thought it was hit but BRP is the only team in the league to play with a short fielder instead of four outfielders across and their girl happened to be in the perfect spot to snag the liner. This was probably one of the key plays that really shifted the momentum into BFS’ opponent’s favor.

Ivy and Silvely followed with hits but BFS came up just short that inning and was held scoreless for the first time all game. Then in the bottom half of the inning Taty was able to strikeout the last hitter in the order looking to start things off and then got the lead off hitter to line out to shortstop. An error gave BRP some life in the inning. Then their three and four hitters came up with big RBI’s hits to give them their first lead at 7-6. BFS got another great lead off at bat from Fiona who walked to keep hope alive. Then senior Maya W. knocked her in on a fielders choice and the game was tied up at 7-7. Rosemary hit a dribbler and almost beat it out.

Sierra followed it up with her second impressive playoff bunt but since the BRP third basewoman was playing in form the last at bat she two was thrown out by a hair. It really is a game of inches, breaks, and momentum. The long day, the waiting game, the weather and heat, as well as the intensity of the game was getting to everyone, but to ask Taty to go out there and throw another inning was lot but of course she was our very best option.

BRP started the bottom of the 6th with a walk, which is never good, then followed that up with a hit, and then a fielders choice and BFS was now down 9-7 with one last at bat. BFS had the top of the order and couldn’t ask for more. Naya battled but went down swinging. Remember BRP’s pitcher put up some very impressive numbers this season and BFS was right on her all game, fighting and battling. Taty flied out and right before Ivy lined out, BFS Coach was talking to clean up hitter Silvely telling her she was going to hit the game tying home run which he truly believed in his heart. She never got that opportunity, but BFS and the Team will remember this game, always. It truly was a wonderful experience. And if you were at the exciting 2015 Championship Game that BFS won and and the exciting 2016 Championship Game that BFS lost you could not tell the difference.

All you do know is they gave their very best and gave their all, they represented BFS, The School, The Community, and the Blue Pride that has been instilled in them (some of them since Kindergarten). BFS and the Coaches will always remember this team and what they were about. Blue Pride Runs Deep, Friends Forever!! Blue Pride!!

Week of May 2, 2016

On Monday the BFS Girls Varsity Softball Team defeated Churchill 12-2 at Van Voorhies. The girls took a commanding lead early in the game. In the first inning, the girls batted around for a total of 7 runs. Senior Taty R. hit a home run to highlight the inning. At the top of the second inning, BFS again came out swinging. With a triple from Taty, singles from both senior Sarah G. and junior Ivy L., and three other batters worked out walks, BFS earned four more runs. On the mound, Taty kept Churchill scoreless in the first and second inning. She was backed by some very solid defense. Ivy began the first inning with a great catch by Churchill’s lead off batter. In the second, Taty struck out two batters. In the bottom of the third, Churchill scored their first two runs to bring the score to 12-2 due to a few walks and a few errors by the BFS infield. Churchill switched pitchers in the third inning and kept BFS scoreless for the rest of the game. BFS also made some defensive switches. Ivy moved to catcher, Sarah to first, and Maya W. to second. Ivy had a great put out when she threw a girl out at third trying to steal. Naya C. also made a swift tag to ensure the out. Taty went the entire five innings for the complete game victory and ended the game with two strike outs to close things out. Blue Pride!! 

Also on Monday, the BFS Boys Varsity Baseball Team defeated Churchill 8-3 at Red Hook. 
All or Nothing. After starting the season without a win the Panthers Varsity Baseball Team made it two straight wins with a thrilling league victory over Churchill. After being shutout by Churchill in their previous meeting the team entered the rematch with retribution on their minds. After falling behind 3-0 in the first inning it didn’t look good. However the BFS bats came to life in the top of the second inning to the tune of eight runs to take an 8-3 lead. Amazingly that was all the runs they would need as both teams would hold the other scoreless for the remainder of the game. The result was the Panthers’ second win of the season. Once again Emmitt S. led the attack as he settled down after the first inning allowing just those three runs on three hits with seven strikeouts for the complete game win. The defense played a pivotal role in this game as they made all the plays (made just one throwing error in the game). The catching was done by Brendan G. After taking over the catchers role midway through the season Brendan has thrown out 9 base runners trying to steal, thus grinding opponents running games to a halt. Way to go Brendan!! Offensively it was patience at the plate and a small strike zone by the home plate umpire that BFS exploited to get their runs in the second inning. With one out the Panthers walked four straight times to start the scoring. Then an RBI bunt single by Charlie H. kept it going. A few more walks and a couple more hits and the team rolled from there. Next up the team closes out the season looking for their third straight win as they once again take on Garden on Wednesday. Blue Pride!!

There was another victory on Monday when the BFS Boys Varsity Volleyball Team defeated LFNY 3-0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-13)in the upper gym. Blue Pride!!

On Tuesday the BFS Boys Varsity Volleyball Team defeated Saint Ann’s 3-0 (25-23, 25-15, 25-20 ) in the upper gym. Blue Pride!!

On Wednesday the BFS Boys Varsity Volleyball Team defeated Staten Island Academy 3-1 (25-19, 25-17, 12-25, 25-18) in the upper gym. Blue Pride!!

On Friday the BFS Boys Varsity Volleyball Team defeated Packer 3-1 (22-25, 25-13, 25-15, 25-23) on the road. The team ended league play against a very competitive local opponent. After dropping the opening set, the team showed our blue pride and determination in taking the next three sets in a row, to pick up the league victory. It was a great team effort where everyone had to stay focused, play with intensity, and consistency in order to win the match. The victory helped BFS repeat as ACIS regular season champions and secure the 1st seed in the upcoming league playoffs. The Panthers will take on fellow local rival Saint Ann’s on Wednesday in the semifinals. In preparation for the playoffs, BFS will host the Masters School on Monday. The team looks forward to continue improving and representing the school, whenever and where ever they step on the court…Blue Pride!


Week of April 25, 2016

On Monday the Boys Varsity Volleyball Team defeated Berkeley Carroll 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-17) in the Upper Gym. Blue Pride!! 

On Wednesday the Boys Varsity Baseball Team defeated Garden School 18-2 down at Red Hook. The team played very well and the coaches are proud of them. Blue Pride!!

Also on Wednesday, the Girls Varsity Softball Team defeated Garden School 13-8 at Van Voorhies. The girls got off to a good start as they batted around in the bottom half of the first inning and scored six runs to take a 6-1 lead. Nine out of 10 batters made it on base safely during the inning for BFS. Senior pitcher Taty R. cruised through the first three innings and the team had a 8-1 lead. Taty recorded four strikeouts and only allowed one hit. Junior pitcher Ivy L. took the mound for three innings of her own. She had two very solid innings before getting into some trouble in the sixth inning. She battled through it and BFS found themselves holding onto a 10-8 lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning.

The game was now close and the intensity had picked up as Garden fought back and BFS was looking for answers to close out this very important league game. There were also a lot of fans present including two youth teams waiting to gain access to the field as soon our now nail biter concluded. After a pep talk form the Coach, the team needed to step up and close this one out. Ivy found her self leading off and BFS needed a good start to this inning. Ivy started things off with a single. Junior cleanup hitter Silvely A. was able to drive her home on a fielders choice. Senior Sarah G. who has come up big all season, especially in the field, smacked a single, then sophomore Amanda B. followed that up with a RBI hit of her own, then senior Cecilia did the same with another RBI single, and Fiona added one last hit and BFS now had some breathing room with a 13-8 lead.

Coach went back to his ace Taty to close things out. She calmly took the mound after a nice break from pitching during the game. She was now even better than earlier in the game. Taty struck out the first batter she faced, Garden’s clean up hitter looking. This was such an important out, the first one always is. Then she served one up to her opponent who drove it deep to centerfield, where BFS center fielder threw it  to BFS shortstop Silvely (who may have the best arm in the league) and she fired a strike to third base, too bad Coach was calling for her to throw home as they definitely had a play at the plate. Taty came right back as she shook that one hit off and closed things out striking out the side looking. I think the team grew from the experience, I know the Coach did. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this league victory. A special thanks goes out to senior Sierra Vines who was under the weather but still managed to give her all. And congrats to our opponent Garden who put forth a great effort and turned an exciting triple play. BFS is back in action today as they battle for first place with Brooklyn rival Bay Ridge Prep. We hope to see you at the game. Blue Pride!!

The MS Boys Baseball Team had another win on Wednesday, defeating Staten Island Academy 13-10 on the road. The team was missing a few players for today’s game. The boys managed to pull out the come from behind victory out on the island. Pitching by committee was the theme, as Ethan K-L, Ryan B-H, Ty S., and Gabe D. all saw time on the mound. Mirembe M-T hit a home run, and Bryce K. got things started early with a 2-run single down the 3rd base line. Ty S. and Lewis W. each had RBI’S for BFS. Blue Pride!!

On Thursday the MS Boys Baseball Team defeated Bay Ridge prep 11-1 on the road. On an overcast, cold day along the Belt Parkway, the  team picked up their fourth win in a row. Gabe D. continued his stellar pitching, striking out 8 on the mound, while knocking in two RBI’s from the plate. Ty S. led the offense with two triples and two RBI’s. Aja M., Lewis W., Sebastian B-S, and Ryan B-H all brought in runs.  Blue Pride!!

On Friday the Boys Varsity Volleyball Team defeated UNIS 3-2 (12-25, 19-25, 26-24, 25-20, 15-10) on the road. It was a great come from behind victory to cap off a good week. Blue Pride!

Week of April 18, 2016

On Monday the Girls Varsity Softball Team defeated Leman Prep 8-0 at Van Voorhies. The sun was out and both teams got off to a great start.  Both pitchers were throwing strikes and both teams were making the plays in the field. Senior pitcher Taty R. struck out two of the first three batters she faced. BFS went down the same during the bottom half of the inning as both teams were feeling each other out. Senior Sarah G. picked up a key walk during the bottom of the second inning and was able to score on fellow senior Cecilia E.’s groundout to give BFS a 1-0 lead. That is all BFS really needed as Taty cruised on the hill and struck out 8 batters while only giving up two hits and issuing only two walks. Cecilia picked up her second RBI during the bottom of the fourth inning to give BFS a 2-0 lead. BFS was flawless in the field. Everyone made their plays and took care of business. Ivy was superb at first base, while Fiona had another great game behind the dish. BFS opened things up in the bottom of the fifth inning as they batted around and scored 6 runs. Seniors Naya C. and Taty had RBI singles. This was a great game on a beautiful day. The team started the week off right and improved their overall record to 3-1.

On Tuesday the MS Boys Baseball Team defeated Berkeley Carroll 21-8  in Prospect Park. The team got back on the winning track with the very impressive victory. Gabe D. pitched a complete game and went 2 for 3 from the plate with 2 RBI’S. Sebastian B-S led the offense with 4 RBI’S, while Ty S. hit a 2-run home run in the second inning to open up the offensive attack. Finn S., Lewis W., and Aja M. each contributed with multi RBI performances for BFS. Way to go team. Back on the diamond tomorrow in Red Hook versus Quaker rival Friends Seminary. Blue Pride!

On Wednesday the Girls Varsity Softball Team defeated Churchill 18-7 at Van Voorhies. Another beautiful day out at the field. The team was ready to take the field and have some fun in the sun. BFS gave up two early runs, but bounced back with 6 of their own during the bottom half of the fist inning. Once again senior Taty R. was on the hill. She was not feeling well but once she gets going she is a force to be reckoned with as she throw strike after strike. BFS has also continued to play superb defense behind her. Coach always says if you throw strikes and make the basic plays in the field you will always give yourself a chance to come out on top. Both teams were held scoreless until the top of the fourth inning when Churchill picked up another run and cut the lead to to three at 6-3. BFS came back with four runs of their own as junior Silvely A. knocked in all four with a big hit. Taty’s job on the mound was now down and she moved over to first base. First base women Ivy L. (junior) got on the hill for the second time this season and pitched two solid innings. BFS tacked on a bunch more runs as the bats woke up during the later innings. Senior Naya C. had a nice line drive RBI hit to the outfield and Silvely picked up another impressive hit with a RBI double. All and all it was another great day out on the field. The weather was awesome and the Team played well picking up another league victory and improving their overall record to 4-1 (2-1 in ISAL League play). The team will be back at it tomorrow. Blue Pride Runs Deep, Friends Forever!!

Also on Wednesday, the Boys Varsity Volleyball Team defeated Packer 3-0 (26-24, 25-17, 25-14) in the upper gym and the BFS MS Boys Baseball Team defeated Friends Seminary 4-2 down at Red Hook. On a beautiful spring day BFS played a very competitive game against their local Friends rivals. Finn S. on the hill, struck out nine, allowed one earned run, and had an RBI to lead the team to victory. Ryan B-H, Lewis W. and Mirembe M. were responsible for the other three runs. Great job team. Blue Pride!

On Friday the Girls Varsity Softball Team defeated LREI 14-4 at Van Voorhies. The team smiled its way through the team photo and we started them game early as both teams were ready to go. Another beautiful day at the diamond. The Team played well picked up another league victory and improved their overall record to 5-1 (3-1 in ISAL League play). The team will be back in action next week. Blue Pride Runs Deep, Friends Forever!!

Week of April 11, 2016

On Monday the Girls Varsity Softball Team defeated Grace Church 3-1 in Bay Ridge. Both teams played a great game. What a way to start the season. BFS played a complete all around game. It was one of the best games ever. The team played seven innings in and hour and a half.

Senior pitcher Taty R. got BFS the start they needed by throwing strikes and getting the first opponent she faced out with an impressive strikeout. Taty continued to throw strikes and the number two batter hit a hard grounder down to third base where fellow senior Naya C. snagged it with an impressive back hand and threw a strike over to junior first base woman Ivy L. for the put out. Then Taty calmly struck out the number three hitter looking.

Grace Church had a very impressive pitcher of their own.  She struck out the side in the bottom of the first inning. Both teams knew they were in for a game but nobody would have known it would be such a great game to start off BFS’ season. Taty pitched out of a minor jam to start off the second inning and recorded three more strikeouts. BFS picked up its first hit in the second inning as junior shortstop Silvely A. started the bottom half of the inning off right with a nice single. BFS threatened but came up short.

SpringCGrace scored on an error and BFS found themselves down 1-0. BFS threatened again but once again came up short. Taty continued to throw strikes and retired the opponent as BFS continued to play team defense behind Nay and senior second base women Maya W.  BFS squeezed in a run to tie the game during the bottom of the fourth inning with some smart decision making. Taty rolled through the top of the fifth inning by striking out the side. Newcomer Margaret C. (sophomore) lead off the bottom of the inning with a very important walk. Senior Sierra V. came on to pinch run.  Naya came up with a huge hit and Sierra was able to advance.

BFS had the heart of the order up and Ivy was able to knock in the go ahead run  Then clean up hitter Silvely added an insurance run and BFS found themselves up 3-1 with the momentum in their favor. In the top of the sixth inning Grace managed to get their first two batters on with walks but then Taty and the BFS defense shut things down.  Taty recorded her 10th strikeout and she got a little help from her friends Ivy and Naya to record the final two putouts of the inning. BFS threatened again with base runners but could not cross any additional runs. BFS needed three more outs to secure the opening day victory and that is just what Taty and the team did. She got the first two batters to hit the ball back to her and she calmly threw over to Ivy and first base. Then she got the final batter to hit a grounder to Ivy for the final putout. BFS Wins!! It was a tremendous team effort. Taty pitched the complete game victory, Fiona B. caught the win, Ivy played a solid first base, Maya played a solid second base, Naya played a solid third base, Silvely played an athletic shortstop, and Cecilia (best hit of the game), Amanda B., Margaret, Sarah G. (play of the game in third inning throwing out someone at first base), Sierra, and Rosemary D-L-C played a stable outfield). Blue Pride Runs Deep, Friends Forever.

The Team is looking to defend its ISAL Championship and get back to the ISAL Championship Game for the fifth year in a row. Blue Pride!!

On Tuesday the MS Boys Baseball Team defeated Browning 12-3 down at Red Hook. The team opened up their season with a very impressive victory. Gabe D. led the way on the hill recording seven strikeouts and did not give up an earned run. Jack B., Ryan B-H, and Finn S. led the balanced offense attack with 2 RBI a piece. Way to go team. Blue Pride!

SpringEThe Boys Varsity Volleyball Team defeated Saint Ann’s 3-0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-18) in the upper gym. The team played very well and picked up their first league win of the season in their first league match. Blue Pride!

On Wednesday the Girls Varsity Softball Team defeated LREI 7-0 at Van Voorhies. The last time these two teams met was at Randall’s Island in last years ISAL Championship Game where BFS came out on top. This victory gave BFS its first league win as it will battle all season to get back to that ISAL Championship Game. The team is now 2-0 on the young season. BFS got off to a good start as senior pitcher Taty R. continued throwing strikes and the team, including Taty played some solid first inning defense. Senior leadoff hitter Naya C. started things off with a triple and she scored when senior clean up hitter Silvely A. brought her home. That run would end up all that BFS would need as Taty once agin had a very strong performance on the hill recording 8 strikeouts. She pitched the complete game shut out to improve her record and the teams record to 2-0. The team continued to make all the defense plays behind her with senior right fielder Sarah G. once agin recording a fine putout from the outfield. The leftside of the field, shortstop Silvely and third base Naya were smooth as can be on their chance, and junior first base woman Ivy. L. was flawless at first base again. Sophomore catcher Fiona B. was also perfect behind the plate. Everyone contributed to this team victory. Fellow sophomore Amanda B. moved over to second base and the outfield was comprised of senior Sierra V., sophomores Rosemary and Margaret C.  On offense BFS was able to score three runs in both the third and fourth innings. The offensive highlight had to be Ivy’s third inning two run home run that she drove to right center field. Everyone is getting more comfortable at the plate as the young season moves forward. The team will keep learning and growing as they look to improve each and everyday. The girls will be back in action tomorrow against a much improved league opponent and it looks like we will be once again shorthanded as some of out student-athletes have other daily commitments. The sun will be out and we will take the field and show or pride, Blue Pride!!

The MS Boys Baseball Team defeated Friends Seminary 7-0 down at Red Hook. The team won their second game in as many days as they defeated their fellow Quakers. The Panther attack was led by starting pitcher Finn S. The lefty gave up one earned run, struck out 8, and helped his cause with an RBI. Ryan B-H led the offense with a 2-run home run in the second inning to blow the game open. Blue Pride!

On Thursday the Boys Varsity Volleyball Team defeated York Prep 3-0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-23) on the road. It was a nice non-league road win for the team. Blue Pride!!