Playing in her last home game in a Fontainebleau uniform, senior Savannah Folse was not going to end it with a loss.
The senior left-hander picked a complete-game, five-hit win in the circle as Fontainebleau defeated Dominican 2-1 Saturday afternoon in nondistrict action.
“You have to give Dominican a tremendous amount of credit,” she said. “From the start of the season to now they have improved so much. I told my teammates before the game not to underestimate them because they have athletes, and they showed it tonight.”
Tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Bulldogs (16-6) broke through with the go-ahead run on a pair of hits. With one out, Brenae Bergeron and Folse had back-to-back singles. After Megan Penny walked to load the bases, Caroline Randazzo dropped an RBI- single into right field to give the Bulldogs the lead.
“I was just looking for the base hit because we really needed it,” Randazzo said. “We were just struggling at times to get things going, so I was happy to do what I could to get us the lead back. Dominican beat us last year, and we just didn’t want the same thing to happen this year, especially for our seniors.”
Dominican (10-20) had its best chance to break the tie in the top of the sixth inning. Blosser led off the inning with a double, and with two outs, Teresa Giorlando walked. Catcher Alee Hess had a line drive that looked like it was going to find a hole in right field, but it hit courtesy runner Lauren Normand to end the threat.
“Man it was just a tough break,” Dominican coach Glenn Melville said. “We have a senior up in that situation, and she delivers what I think is going to be a big hit. I’m coaching by third base, and it looks like the ball is past the first baseman on a line. I’m thinking we are easily going to score at least one run.
“It was just really unfortunate and a tough break. Both runners took off when the ball was struck and unfortunately for us the ball just nailed her.”
Fontainebleau tied it at 1 in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI-double by Penny after Dominican took a 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Blosser to open the game.
Folse (14-4) picked up the complete-game win, allowing a single earned run on five hits. She struck out two and walked two.
Also throwing a complete-game, Mia Casanova (8-19) was the losing pitcher, allowing two runs on four hits. She struck out one and walked two.
Rated No. 19 in the LHSAA’s latest unofficial Class 5A power rankings, the Bulldogs wrap up their regular season at Northlake Christian and Wednesday at Chalmette.
“We have talked about having a playoff game at home,” Folse said. “We of course would love to. But no matter what and no matter where we go, we are going to go put it all on the line. We are going to fight the best we can.