SOFTBALL—Whatever Emmanuel Christian accomplished, Fayette came back with a little more. The Eagles were the last ones to score and they opened their season with a 7-5 victory.
Coach Sheila Killam saw aggressive base-running, a few clutch hits, key defensive plays and good bench support as the path to the non-conference win.
Shenae Nuoffer gave up just four hits on her way to the win. She walked two and struck out seven. The Eagles finished the night with eight hits.
The Warriors broke a 1-1 first-inning tie by scoring two in the third inning, but Fayette came back with three to lead 4-3.
The visitors added two more runs in the sixth, but the Eagles answered with three of their own to regain the lead.
Katie Borer, Rachel Seiler, Mara Raker, Danni Wyse, Trisha Bates and Katelyn Downing each came through with an RBI. Bates went two for three and had a sacrifice bunt. Borer finished two for four, including a double.
Coach Killam was pleased with Elisha Hartman’s off-the-bench play, getting a hit in her only time at bat and claiming a put-out on defense. Leah Brinegar made a pair of put-outs at first base.
“We had five errors, but we had great work at the plate to score runs when needed,” Killam said.
• The Eagles travel Thursday to Montpelier and entertain Waldron for a double-header on Friday. North Central visits Monday.
TRACK—Fayette’s boys track squad took a strong second place Thursday against Edon’s much larger squad and easily defeated North Central.
The Eagle boys took first in five events while the girls captured a pair of first-place finishes.
Edon won with 78 points in the boys events, followed by Fayette with 57 and the host squad, North Central, with 29. Edon’s girls won with 86 points, followed by North Central with 58 and Fayette with 22.
Nathan Stoltzfus won the 1600-meter run (5:07) and the 3200-meter run (11:21) and anchored the winning 3200-meter relay (9:32). Darrell Randall was close behind in the 1600 (5:10).
Other firsts went to Austin Hylander in the 110-meter hurdles (:19.7) and Hunter Colegrove in the 800-meter run (2:30). Ben Kovar was second at 2:31.
In throwing events, Eliott Richardson took second in the shot put (37-4) and third in the discus (99-2).
The Eagles made a good showing in the 300-meter hurdles, with Sean Franks taking second (:48.3) and Hylander in third (:49.5). Edon’s Williams won the event at :44.6.
Fayette’s 400-meter relay squad fell a two-tenths of a second short of North Central with a time of :48.9.
Franks placed third in the long jump (16-9). Randall and Hylander tied for third in the high jump (5-4).
Two members of the girls squad accounted for most of Fayette’s points.
Erica Goeltzenleuchter scored a pairs of firsts for the girls squad, winning the 1600-meter run (6:20) and the 3200-meter run (13:26). Hannah Schrock took third place in both races, posting times of 6:42 and 14:35.
Elisha Hartman overtook several runners in the final 200 meters to place second in the 400 at 1:10. Alexa Kessler placed third in the 200-meter run (:32.9).
• The Eagles continue league action Tuesday at Hilltop.