Foster Falcon's Flight
Path to State: Foster Falcons Softball
The Foster Falcons are headed to the State Tournament after years of being on the cusp of success. The state bid couldn't have come in a sweeter fashion defeating district rival and state ranked Angleton Wildcats, a team they split their season series with. The path to the state tournament is arduous and every team has a unique path here's a look at the Foster Falcons a perennial power finally breaking through with a shot at gold.
Following a 38-4 season last year that ended in the regional final loss versus Dripping Springs the Foster Falcons got off to another hot start. The first ten games of the season saw the Falcons toss four shutouts with a 7-3 record losing to the #1 team in 6A Softball Katy Tigers. Claiming 17 wins before the start of 27-5A softball district play was a precursor to another big year for the Falcons lead by returning starter Kacie Pryor a dynamic hitter and strikeout pitcher.
Combined with the powerful, consistent hitting of Bria Tovar, Cici Matta and Lia Castillo the Foster Falcons racked up runs 94 in the first 20 games of the season. Everything was coming up Foster after tournament and pre-district season riding a four game win streak into district play.
The Foster Falcons although challenged throughout the years by some stout Angleton, and Victoria teams has really been the pre-dominant power in 27-5A. It took a full two weeks into district play for the Falcons to actually surrender a run, that singular run came in the only loss of district for Foster to fellow state ranked program Angleton.
Following that loss the Foster defense would only surrender three more runs one from Calhoun, and the other two in a victory over Angleton. The final five games of district play featured a great showing from Foster as Kylie Neel Amanda Allen, and Kaitlyn Reinecke saw an up tick from their usual hitting combining for 11 RBI's in the final five games of district. That production carried over to the post season as Foster claimed the number one seed out of District 27-5A.
Domination is an understatement of a term to describe what Foster has done in the playoffs. The Falcons didn't surrender a run until the fourth round of playoffs vs Carroll. Their Top 10 state ranking is well earned with an offense that scored 65 runs in ten playoff games. Cici Matta has been on another level leading the team in RBI's and extra base hits even racking up a five RBI game vs Carroll in a 14 run win. The Falcons pitching depth has been on display as well with senior Kacie Pryor and freshmen Amanda Allen who have combined for 70 strikeouts in the playoffs.
Up Next: State Semi-Final
#3 Foster Falcons
#1 Arlington Heights Yellowjackets
When: Friday June 1st at 9AM
Where: University of Mary Hardin Baylor McCombs Field