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Friday, June 14, 2024

Blair Softball Tears Through Mid-Atlantic Prep League

Faye Allen pitched a complete game against Lawenceville. Photo by J. Phalon, 4/2023

Blair Academy softball continues to rip through the Mid-Atlantic Prep League starting with a nine-game opening winning streak snapped just this past week against the Hun School April 22nd.

After the Buccaneers’ 3-0 win over Lawrenceville April 19, head coach Nadia Abascal said that while she knew her team had the talent, each win is exciting as the previous win.

“I can only speak for myself when I say my head-coach tensions were at an all-time high with this game,” Abascal said of the Lawrenceville game. “Being in the middle of a season where a team has yet to lose a game obviously comes along with some amazing feelings, but anticipation and expectation can be tricky.”

The 3-0 win at home against Lawrenceville was actually the teams smallest winning margin of the season up to that point. They had scored nine or more runs in six of their seven previous games.

Blair’s Mallory Allen beats the throw to second. Photo by J. Phalon, 4/2023

Starting pitcher Faye Allen served up a complete game against Lawrenceville, giving up no runs and striking out six. Ruby DeFrank led the team with three RBIs.

“Our girls handled the pressure of both of those things with aplomb and we’re hoping to keep the streak alive for as long as possible,” Abascal said. “That being said, win or lose over the next few weeks, I have a lot to be proud of and grateful for with these very talented young ladies.”

The Bucs had their closest win of the year against Kittatinny the following day before their first loss, to Hun, on April 22th.

Upcoming home games include Delaware Valley April 26th at 4 p.m., Newark Academy April 27th at 4:30 p.m. and a rematch against Hun April 29th at 2:30 p.m.

Joe Phalon
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

Joe was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to be a part of the Ridge View Echo. During a decades-long career in publishing and journalism, he has covered government on many levels from local school boards to the United States Supreme Court.

Along the way, Joe has worked at American Lawyer Magazine, The National Law Journal and The Record among other publications, and as the Press Officer of Columbia Law School. His work has been recognized with several first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.

Being part of the Ridge View Echo brings Joe back to his roots and the kind of news coverage he loves: Telling the stories of people and local communities as well as keeping an eye on how their money is spent by their government officials.

Joe lives in Blairstown with his wife Rose, the founder of Quilting for a Cause, and their two wiener dogs. He is an artist in his spare time.