Hayley Kobie takes a swing in the sectional finals. The sophomore slugger hit a three-run home run at regionals on June 6. Photo by Staff Photographer Jeffrey Barnes.
Since very early in the season, Marissa Fallacaro’s softball team vowed to get one percent better every single day. That declaration seemed to actually hold true 51 days later, even in the regionals.
On the 51st day, Eden won the program’s first Far West Regional championship on June 6 in convincing fashion, shutting out Wayland-Cohocton (Section V) 14-0 at Niagara-Wheatfield.
It’s kind of funny because they keep saying ‘We’re never going to get to 100-percent,’” said Fallacaro. “Well you’re never going to get to 100 in life.”
The Lady Raiders will make their first trip to states on June 14 when they play in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association semifinals at 11 a.m.
“I never knew I’d feel the feeling of getting to states. It’s pretty awesome,” said junior Carley Nasca, who pitched a three-hitter in a complete game shutout with five strikeouts. “We had expectations. We knew that we were going to go far, but it’s a surprise still.”
The Raiders dominated on both sides of the plate. They took a 6-0 lead into the top of the seventh inning, where they scored eight more runs to give themselves a nice cushion.
While there were many plays made at the plate for Eden in the final inning, sophomore third baseman Hayley Kobie highlighted the contest when she sent a three-run shot over the left field fence to score the 11th, 12th and 13th runs.
“It feels absolutely incredible,” Kobie said about making the school’s first trip to states. “It’s amazing. I started crying and tearing up because of it. The fact that we actually did it is just amazing.”