A win and a loss Nighthawks baseball and softball season opener

Published 3:45 pm Monday, March 9, 2020

The First Flight high school baseball and softball teams hit the playing fields Tuesday night for their season opener games against Bear Grass Charter School. After a major comeback, the varsity baseball team walked away with a win of 5-4 to start their season. The softball team lost to BGCS with a final score of 5-0.

Four girls from the First Flight softball team had hits during their season opener: Grace Woerner, Piper Allison, Emma Richards and Lauren Hughes. For Bear Grass, Madi Hall, Macy Bowen and Emily Perry hit; Hall and Bowen collectively had five runs batted in.

The softball game started off slow, but in the third inning, Bear Grass scored twice on the Nighthawks. Hall hit a double a home run; Bowen hit a double as well. The other three scores by the Bears came in the sixth inning which then led to their win over the Nighthawks.

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For the FFHS baseball team, Cole Eldridge, Porter Braddy, Aiden May, Noah Smeltzer, Greer Farr, Colin Wyant and Brentan Rowe had hits during the seven innings of play. Eldridge, Smeltzer and Farr had overall five runs batted in. Farr was named player of the game Tuesday night.

First Flight boys gave up a run in the first inning of play. After Bear Grass scored early on, the Nighthawks came back with a run of their own in the third. From there, the game was close through the fourth and fifth innings. Tristan York, Braddy and Smeltzer touched home base, ending with score of 3-2 heading into the sixth.

At the top of the sixth, Bryce Carlisle and Shane Lanier of BGCS ran in to bring the score up to 4-3 with the Nighthawks trailing. FFHS answered with two more scores of their own in the seventh inning, ran in by Colby Evans and Aiden May. Farr made the game-winning hit that led to a Nighthawk win for the baseball to begin their 2020 season.

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