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Hawks win opening round of state softball

Bethlehem Catholic shortstop Abby Rodriguez didn’t feel like a hero after her RBI to center field scored Angie Iovino to win the Golden Hawks’ first round game against Archbishop Wood, 3-2, in eight innings in the PIAA State Class 4A playoffs on Monday at Patriot’s Park in Allentown.

“I feel like each member of this team did what they needed to do. For me to score Angie was awesome because Angie got herself on base. I just scored her in,” Rodriguez said.

Iovino hit a two-out triple, and Francesca Oberholzer was walked after fouling off multiple pitches in the bottom of the eighth inning.

“It was almost like a little insult because they had no confidence in me, but I wanted to prove my point,” said Rodriguez, who had a base hit in the seventh, but the Hawks left their bases loaded in that inning.

Oberholzer was also surprised.

“I really was. If they would’ve given me another pitch, who knows what would’ve happened? I was pretty shocked,” she said.

After a quiet first three innings, Wood took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth on pitcher Dakota Fanelli’s RBI double to left center.

The Hawks tied the game when Iovino reached second base after Wood’s center fielder dropped the fly ball, and Oberholzer’s single down the third base line dove in Iovino.

“I get really anxious in the box but when I hit that, it was the best feeling ever,” Oberholzer said. “This was a really nerve wracking game, but somehow we continue to win.”

In the top of the sixth, Kiersten Reeser put the Vikings ahead with a two-out home run, but the Hawks tied it again in the bottom of the same inning.

Ashley Judd led off with a line drive, Kristal Torres reached first base on an error but was thrown out at second when it was initially thought Fanelli caught a ball hit by Teighan Boyle. But Judd scored from third base on a passed ball to make the score 2-2.

“Yeah, I was really worried,” Becahi coach Rich Mazza said. “I really thought we were gonna’ break it open.”

The Hawks’ quarterfinal game is scheduled to be played this Thursday against Villa Joseph Marie, the number one team from District 1. The time and place will be determined past Press deadlines.