Bucks County Herald

Softball:

Faith falls in state opener, goes 14-5

DAVID CAMPBELL

Monday just wasn’t Faith Christian’s day.

District Three champion Greenwood ended the District One champ Lions’ season, 13-2, in five innings at Lebanon Valley College in the state Class A first round.

The Wildcats banged out 14 hits and took advantage of five Lion errors to advance. Faith managed five hits; Riley Binder went 2-for-2 with a triple and scored both Lion runs. Myah Brown and Camryn Logue combined to go 2-for-6 with three stolen bases for Faith. Madison Hausman had an RBI.

The Lions, who earned their ticket to states the easy way, District 12 champion Maritime Academy Charter forfeited to Faith last Thursday just prior to the regional final, concluded their campaign at 14-5 overall.

Monday’s setback snapped a 10-game Lions winning streak, including forfeits. Faith outscored its opponents 179-84 in 2018. Head coach Rod Blake is scheduled to lose seven seniors, Brown, Hausman, Sam Firely, Sara Bertomeu, Gabrielle Landis, Lydia Wible and Bryanna Hoover. Hoover missed most of the season with an injury; however, she, Firely and Landis all intend to play college softball.

Hoover, who went 2-for-3 in limited playing time this spring, will depart for Lancaster Bible College, where she will also play soccer. Firely is ticketed to Eastern University, while Landis is bound for Delaware Valley University.

As a team, Faith hit at a .417 clip. Not including Hoover’s .667 batting average, Emily Blake led the Lions with a .604 average (29-for-48) with seven doubles, two home runs, 22 runs scored and 21 RBIs. Brown clubbed .532 (25-for-47) with 29 runs scored and 23 stolen bases, both team highs.

Binder raked .528 (19-for-36) with a team-leading three triples. Logue topped the Lions in homers with three; Karleigh Garber was best in RBIs with 24.

In the circle, Blake and Hausman got the majority of the work. Blake struck out 80 in 51.1 innings and yielded only eight free passes. She finished with a 1.77 ERA. As a team, Faith hurlers accumulated a 2.94 ERA.

Hausman saved some of her best work for the district championship game, a 6-2 win over higher-seeded Friends Select on May 24. Hausman went the first six innings and permitted only two runs on seven hits. She helped herself by slamming a three-run homer in the sixth.

The scheduling gods did the Lions no favors in states the past two years. They caught a hot Greenwood squad on Monday. The Wildcats’ next opponent is District 11 champion Williams Valley in this Thursday’s quarterfinals. Williams Valley eliminated Faith in the first round of states last year and went on to place second in the state.

Still, the Lions possess those back-to-back district titles. A year ago, Faith downed The Christian Academy, 6-5, on a walkoff for the district crown.

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