Faith Christian Eagles Softball
2012 Highlights & Results
Congratulations to the Lady Eagles for advancing to the State Tournament!
Keely Gray & Michaela Hegarty received Honorable Mention All State awards
Final Record: 14 wins, 7 losses
FCA vs. Strasburg
FCA played Strasburg at 2:00 on a beautiful day, sunny and 70 degrees. The girls started strong, but a couple of errors led to a 0-3 deficit
by the end of the 3rd inning. In the 4th inning Strasburg loaded the bases and on a play at the plate Keely Gray was ejected from the game.
Andee Queen replaced Keely and pitched the final inning in an admirable fashion. Chelsea Day also made a nice catch in right field. The
final score of the game was 0 -10, Strasburg on top. The girls play next in the state tournament Friday 11/19/12 at the Aurora Sports Complex.
Come out and support the FCA girls softball team!
FCA vs. Delores Huerta
On a day where the weather is going to be a major factor, we met Delores Huerta in our first
regional game. We started the contest as it began to sprinkle. The entire starting lineup hit
and we led 6 to 0 after the first inning. In the second inning, Michaela Hegarty hit a double off
the top of the left center field fence. She moved up on a wild pitch and tried to score on a ground
out, but was caught at home. Unfortunately, Michaela jammed her ankle on a slide to home and
had to be removed from the game due to a break to her fibula. Faith eventually won 17 to 2 even
though the game was stopped numerous times for rain delays. The regional championship
was postponed until Monday.
Click here to see the 3A Softball Regionals Bracket
Faith vs. Florence
After a big win by the football team on Friday night, Coach Hubbard threw out the first pitch for our homecoming game. We were led by a 14
strikeout pitching performance by Keely Gray. Andee Queen, Devanie Esa, and Christiyona Pierce made a stellar defensive plays. Christiyona
singled and was moved up by a Stephanie Bedow sacrifice bunt. She scored on a Keely Gray single to left. Jessie Vickles had a hit and a
stolen base. Finally, our second run came on a towering home run by Keely Gray, nearly knocking the ball onto Kipling and propelling her team
to a 2-0 victory!
|SENIOR NIGHT - Congratulations to the Parents & Senior Softball Players!
Faith vs. Peak to Peak
The lady Eagles played great in their 3-0 win over Peak to Peak on Thursday night. Keely
Gray and the Peak to Peak pitcher, Joy Boyard, were locked in a tough pitching dual, each
striking out 13 batters. Lauren Herrera drove in the first run with a single to left field and
later scored on a passed ball. We scored our last run on a Keely triple and some heads
up running on a called third strike by Jessie Vickles. Keely gave up a run in the seventh,
but it was not enough. Our record rose to 12 wins and 4 losses.
Faith vs. Platte Canyon
Another beautiful Colorado day, 80’s and sunny. Our opponent, Platte Canyon, has had a
rough go of it, losing their top 3 players to injury. We scored 18 runs in all, led by Sarah
Scott and Michaela Hegarty with 2 hits apiece. Chayse Applegate entertained us with some
inventive base running. We won, improving our overall record to 10 wins and 4 losses, and
ranked 8th in the state.
Faith vs. Jefferson Academy
We traveled to Jefferson this fine day. Jefferson, on paper has the same record as us. We scored 11 runs in the first inning and matched that with 11 more in the second inning. The entire team was outstanding in our 26 to 1 victory.
Faith vs. Valor Christian & East High School
On Saturday, September 15th, at a crucial point of our season, we met two tough 5A competitors in Valor Christian and East High School.
We were victorious in both games, beating Valor 6 to 4 and then shutting out East 4 to 0. In the Valor game we were led by 2 hit performances from Keely Gray, Lindsey Lake and Michaela Hegarty and a big 2 RBI hit from Andee Queen. Keely struck out 13 for her 7th win of the season.
In the East game, Keely Gray and Andee Queen had 2 RBI hits each and Keely struck out 10 batters to lead us to victory. We played flawless defense behind Keely, helping to preserve the shut out. The Eagles are looking to continue their winning streak against Jefferson on Tuesday, September 18.
Faith vs. Platte Valley
The game, rescheduled from Aug. 23, was a total opposite to last year’s 1-0
victory in about 45 minutes. This game took close to two hours, contained lots
of scoring, and a bit of nail biting. We got behind 2-0 right out of the gate. We
went ahead 3 to 2 and then 5-2 with some timely hitting and a few nice bunts.
We pulled ahead 9 to 3, but in the bottom of the 5th gave up 3 runs to make the
score 9-6. We scored an insurance run in the top of the 7th to make the score
10-6. We were led by the defense of Keely Gray and Andee Queen, who also
drove in 3 runs. Jessie Vickles and Rio Pizzo contributed with some fine base
running, and Stephanie Bedow laid down a couple of nice bunts. The game
ended 10-6, raising our record to 6 and 3.
Faith vs. Evergreen, September 7
We lost a tough game to Evergreen 6 to 0 on Friday evening. In a game where we only had 4 hits, Keely Gray hitting 3 of them, we
did not produce enough offense to push any runs across. We made a couple of untimely errors, but it was our lack of offense that
was our downfall.Next game is Monday, the 10th, against Platte Valley.
Faith vs. Sheridan, September 5
After arriving 15 minutes late because the bus driver could not find a u-turn spot, the softball girls rallied around the pitching of Keely Gray for a decisive 21-0 victory. We were led by home run hitters Michaela Hegarty and Rio Pizzo. The entire roster participated in the great win for the Lady Eagles.
Gunnison Tournament - 8/31 - 9/1
With all 15 players, equipment, and belonging packed into two pickups, a van, and Coach Ashley's blue bomber, we began our trek towards Gunnison. We stopped at the Kenosha Cafe for a quick meal, planned by Coach Joe.
A Lutheran graduate was our waitress
and stories of the past were shared,
much to the chagrin of Coach Garmatz!
We headed for our next stop, Buena
Vista, where the rubber chickens were
the things of great interest. Once we finally
arrived at our destination, we found the
wonderful house we were staying in was
big enough for all the girls, and next
to it was a guest house for the coaches
Our first game of the weekend against
Montrose was close the entire way. We
did not hit overly well, stymied by their
pitcher who was not over-powering, but
changed speeds well. Keely Gray had
three hits and Lindsey Lake one. Although
we had many chances, we could not
plate the go ahead runs and lost a heart
breaker 4 to 3. We returned to our abode
and the girls made a delicious meal of
salad, garlic bread and spaghetti.
Saturday’s first game against Gunnison
started bright and early. Keely Gray struck
out fifteen batters and we pounded out
seventeen hits. Lauren Herrera and Keely
had three hits each while Stephanie
Bedow, Sarah Scott, and Rio Pizzo
contributed with two hits apiece. We were
victorious, winning 10 to 1.
Next, we played St. Mary’s of Colorado
Springs. It was a tight game after six
innings, tied 2-2. In the bottom of the 7th
they had runners on 2nd and 3rd with no
outs. Keely then struck out three straight
batters to put the game in extra innings.
In the top of the 8th, we broke out scoring
eight runs to take a 10 to 2 lead. We were led by Michaela Hegarty with two hits, a triple and three RBI’s. Lauren Herrera had two
hits, Christyiona Pierce added a double, Andee Queen a triple, and Rio Pizzo two hits and two big RBI’s. Keely struck out 15 for
a total of 39 over the weekend. We won 10 to 2, completing a successful trip. The competitive softball, traveling, and team bonding
made for a successful trip that was enjoyed by everyone!
Faith Defeats Machebeuf to Improve to a 2-0 Record:
The Eagles improved their record to 2 and 0 Tuesday night against the Machebeuf,
Buffaloes. Keely Gray led her teammates with an impressive 8 strikeouts. Every
player contributed to create a dominating 20 - 0 victory in 3 innings over Machbeuf.
A few highlights of the game were the initial use of our new p.a. system and the
guest appearance of Claire McDermott. The girls were very excited to have her back.
The Eagles' next game is at Strasburg, on Thursday, August 30, at 4:30.
FCA Softball 2012 Preview
The outlook for the 2012 Softball season for Faith Christian is very optimistic!! After losing only two starters due to graduation the
Eagles return 7 starters and several other key players. The team is lead by a strong senior class which includes: All-Colorado,
All-State, All-Conference pitcher Keely Gray, All- Conference 1st baseman Jess Vickles, All- Conference short stop Lauren Herrera
who will assume the catchers role, Andie Queen who was our starting short stop last season until she suffered a serious broken
hand, and Stephanie Bedow who was a part time starter and designated hitter for the 18-5 Eagles in 2011. We return five juniors and
this class is lead by All- Conference 3rd baseman Michaela Hegarty, versatile player and part time starter Lindsay Lake, always reliable
Chelsea Day and ever improving Devannie Esa who looks to assume a starting position in the outfield. Our fifth junior is Claire
McDermott who was our starting 2nd baseman last year. Unfortunately, Claire is recovery from a serious illness and will be joining the
team shortly. Our three sophomores, Christiyona Pierce and Sarah Scott, both returning starters, plus Chayse Applegate, make our
outfield a real strength of the team. Our three freshmen, Rio Pizzo, Emily Emerson and Eliza Porter will be counted on to spell our
starters and so far, seem able to me that challenge.
We have a very aggressive schedule that includes 3 games with 5A teams, 2 games with 4A teams and 4 games with team from the
ever strong Patriot league and all of which qualified for the 2011 State Tournament. Our big Conference game with Holy family is
scheduled for Tuesday, October 2nd at Lutz Softball Complex in Arvada on Field #3.