Though Flint Hill's offense started strong, it came to an abrupt halt for three innings, allowing National Cathedral School to surge ahead for a 10-6 win in the softball season-opener.
The Huskies responded to the Eagles' three-run first inning with three runs of their own. Lead-off hitter Bianca Scobie started the Flint Hill offense with a line drive single to center field, then stole second on the first pitch to Virginia Boies. After Boies' single and subsequent stolen base put runners at first and second, a single from Emily Hall drove in the first Husky run. Hits from Lauren Kliska and Maggie Jardot drove in the other two runs of the first.
The Huskies took a 5-3 lead in the second after sitting three NCS batters in a row with a strikeout from Jardot and solid defense from the infield.
The Eagles tied the game again by the end of the fourth, but the real damage came in the fifth when Julia Reed, a first-team D.C. All Star last year, started the inning with a stand-up double. Sarah Ing followed up with a one-run single to center field and was eventually driven in by Katie Johnsen, scoring what would be the game-winning run.
The Huskies wouldn't score again until the sixth when Kenna O'Brien took advantage of a passed ball to notch the Huskies' final run of the game.
"A couple double plays and a couple missed plays took us out of this game, and we need to do better at those little things," said Andy Krug, Flint Hill head coach. "Offensively I wasn't terribly disappointed. I'd like to see people put the ball in play a little more regularly."
Though Krug does not anticipate a similar outcome the rest of the season, he does anticipate a similar type of competition.
"I think this league is full of teams like us, like them, that are closely matched," he said. "There are maybe one or two teams that are better than others, but we're all pretty much similar. That's why it's a little disappointing to lose the first one, but it's going to be tight all year."
The Huskies' next game will be at 4:15 p.m. Thursday at Bullis.