Falcons softball soars with first home run of season


Ila Rees

Paige Murphy winds up to pitch in the second inning.

On April 18, AWHS varsity softball celebrated their comeback win against Tam High School at AWHS’ home field. Going into their 17th game of the season, the Falcons were hopeful to add a win to their season record of 7-9-0. Near the end of the game, the Falcon’s were able to tie the score at 4-4, resulting in two extra innings of overtime.

AWHS senior Abby Murphy quickly tries to steal second base. (Ila Rees)

The Falcons went into the game with strong motivation to win, considering their previous loss to the Hawks. 

“Last time we played [Tam] we lost in the very last inning, on a walk-off and then they ended up scoring,” said freshman pitcher Paige Murphy. “We lost 2-1 and so we were all really upset about that, but it made us more motivated for today because we all knew we could beat this team. We were all really hyped up for this game because we knew we could win.”  

Freshman Paige Murphy positions herself to swing at the ball. (Avery Josephs)

The Falcons kicked off the game with their first home run of the season, by sophomore Annabelle Freed. Bringing in a runner from second base, the Falcons went up 2-0 by the end of the second inning.

“Getting the first home run is great for coaches. We’ve been telling [Annabelle] all practice that she will get one out of the park pretty soon because she keeps hitting it to the fence. We knew it was coming,” said AWHS head varsity softball coach Joe Bell.

 The Hawks soon came back during the top of the third inning by bringing in two runners after a triple, tying the score at 2-2. 

The teams tied again in the seventh inning with a score of 4-4, but the Hawks soon took a 10-4 lead in the top of the eighth. Despite the setback, the Falcons stayed determined, quickly getting six runs in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game at 10-10.

“They stayed as a team and were loud, cheering for each other. They all get along and play well together,” Bell said. “There’s no player that brings the team down, they are definitely playing well together.” 

In the top of the ninth, the Hawks scored a meager one run to make the score 10-11. That was until AWHS sophomore Jasmin Desruisseau stepped up to the plate, when she hit a single that scored one of her teammates to win on a walkoff at 12-11. When Annabelle Freed crossed home plate, the Falcons rushed onto the field, thrilled by the exciting conclusion to a fantastic game.

Sophomore Jasmin Desruisseau runs to first base after hitting a single. (Avery Josephs)

  “We were really happy about the win. We all just kind of had the mindset that we were not going down without a fight, and they thought that they had this game in the bag, but we showed them that they don’t,” Paige said. 

The AWHS varsity team is excited about adding a win to their season record, making it 8-9-0. The Falcon’s aim to carry the energy from their game against Tam into their upcoming game at Marin Catholic High School on April 25.