Nicci Thompson took advantage of a fielding miscue to score the winning run for Fauquier in a 4-3 victory over Liberty on Friday night in a Northwestern District softball game.
Thompson was able to score the run in the top of the seventh when Emily Kacsmar hit a ball toward first base. Liberty's first baseman did not field the ball cleanly, giving Thompson time to come home from third to make the score 4-2.
Erika Yates gets a jump on things after the Falcons' victory.
"Hey, it's a win," Fauquier Coach Mark Ott said. "It's still a win."
Liberty rallied in the bottom of the seventh when Mandy Reed doubled to score Caitlin Romano to bring the Eagles within one run with two outs. However, the next batter, Danielle Morgan, struck out swinging to end the game.
Trailing 2-0 in the sixth, Fauquier (6-2, 3-1) came back starting with a double from Betty Stewart that scored Kacsmar and sent Mikki Zick to third. Zick then came home on a wild pitch that moved Stewart to third. Liberty catcher Sam Bull ran to the fence to gather the ball and tried to throw home to pitcher Mandy Selvage, who had raced in to cover the plate. But Bull's throw sailed over Selvage's head, and Stewart scored on the miscue for a 3-2 advantage.
"Every time we play Liberty, it's a close game," Ott said. "Both teams played really well tonight.
Liberty (4-5, 2-2) scored its first two runs in the second and third innings. In the second, Rachael Clark hit her fourth home run of the season. Her next up time at bat in the third, Clark doubled to bring home Romano.
Selvage finished the night with 15 strikeouts.
"Characteristically, that usually does not happen," Ott said of his team fanning 15 times. "I think we were a little overanxious tonight."
Blake Hill belted a three-run homer in the sixth inning to lead visiting Fauquier to a 7-2 victory over Liberty in a Northwestern District baseball game Friday night.
Liberty fell to 4-5; Fauquier is 4-4.
"It was the kind of win we have really looking for," Falcons Coach Paul Koch said.
Liberty took a 2-0 lead in the first when senior Nick Monaco hit a home run to score junior Marc Gautrois. Monaco's home run was his first since returning three games ago after recovering from a torn ACL.
Liberty senior starter Jeremy Jenkins kept Fauquier scoreless until the fifth inning. Jenkins had a complete game and yielded six hits.
"Six hits, seven runs, it just doesn't add up," Liberty Coach Ted Currie said. "He pitched great. We just needed timely hitting."