Lady Falcons fall to Edenton

Published 1:10 pm Wednesday, March 28, 2012

WINDSOR – Sometimes things just don’t go as planned.

That was the case for Bertie High School’s varsity softball team here Tuesday afternoon when the Lady Falcons suffered their first Northeastern Coastal Conference loss of the season, falling to Edenton 4-2.

“We went through the motions offensively and defensively and it cost us,” Falcon mentor Jackie Copeland said. “I’m not taking anything away from Edenton because they played very well. For us, it’s a lesson that we have to learn: you have to play your best every time you step on the field.”

The Falcons actually struck first in the contest with Brook Bowen delivering a single to open the bottom of the first frame.

She moved to second on a groundout and took third when Caroline White reached on an error. She then scored on an RBI-fielder’s choice by Haley Williams.

The lead didn’t last, however, as the Aces came back in the top of the second inning.

Edenton scored three runs on two hits, two walks and an error. Rachel Ward did the major damage for Edenton with a bases-clearing hit that made it 3-1.

The Falcons added their second run in the second inning when Lauren Dunlow singled, took second on a passed ball and scored on an RBI-single by Brandice Cullipher.

The threat was erased, however, on a fielder’s choice and a pair of groundouts.

The Aces added another run in the third inning to take a 4-2 lead.

From there, the teams each threatened, but neither was able to score again.

Edenton had two hits over the final four innings and got one runner as far as third, but couldn’t score.

The Falcons, however, couldn’t capitalize at the plate. They went in order in the third and fourth before sending just four to the plate in the fifth and sixth.

In the seventh, Kelsey White reached on an error and took second and third on a passed ball. Cullipher then got aboard and took second on a passed ball. With both runs in scoring position and no outs, the Falcons seemed in good position.

The Aces, however, got three straight outs and preserved the Northeastern Coastal Conference win.

The loss drops the Lady Falcons to 8-1 overall and 4-1 in the league.