Softball soars past Big Red in nine-inning thriller

Faith Szarvas '23 delivered a two-out, walk-off single in the ninth inning to give the Falcons a 5-4 win over Lawrenceville in the season opener. Morgan Beggs '22 got the win in the circle, surrendering seven singles and one walk while chalking up 16 strikeouts.

"It was a true team win," said Coach Rich Maley. "The girls worked hard in the offseason and during spring training to prepare for the season, and all of that came together today. Morgan pitched well, the defense was solid and we had timely hits in key situations."

With one out in the ninth, Caitlin Walsh '23 walked on a 3-2 count, and batting hero Sofia Caballero '23 (3-for-4) drilled a single to center field, putting runners on first and second. Sarah Naddelman '25 dropped down a clutch sacrifice bunt, easily moving the winning run Welsh to third. Batting from the left side, Szarvas slapped a sharp single just inside the third-base bag to bring the winning run home.

Beggs let her defense work for her in the eighth inning. Carlie Khadr '24 managed a backhand grab deep in the hole at short and threw a laser to first to get the runner by a half-step. Then, with runners at first and second, Naddelman tossed out a Big Red runner attempting to steal third. In a bang-bang play, Chloe Salapatas '25 tagged the runner out. Beggs fanned the final four Big Red batters she faced.

The Falcons face the Blair Buccaneers on Wednesday in Hightstown.