Rain, wind, cold, sun, heat, drought; it doesn’t really matter what the conditions are, the FLC men’s golf team just keeps on winning.
On Wednesday, the Falcons won their eighth straight Big 8 tournament in driving rain, cold wind, and dealing with sandy greens. The Falcons’ team score of 400 would not win most tournaments, but under Wednesday’s conditions it was quite impressive.
Despite the challenges, the Falcons still had three players score in the 70s: Brandon Kelly with 76, Max Menconi shot 77, and Connor Gaymon at 79. With a 24-point lead in the Big 8 standings and just five tournaments remaining, the Falcons are close to clinching their third consecutive Big 8 title (and fifth overall). Their next tournament will be at Whitney Oaks in Rocklin on Monday, April 16.
Team Scores FLC Individuals
Folsom Lake 400 Brandon Kelly 76
Sierra 416 Max Menconi 77
Santa Rosa 421 Connor Gaymon 79
American River 422 Krishton Trimp 83
Delta 426 Austin Bennett 85
Napa Valley 427 Jacob Russell 89
A pair of eighth inning, two-run triples fueled a come-from-behind, 9-5 victory over Santa Rosa on Thursday afternoon at Falcon Field that evened the series at one.
The Falcons once led 4-0 and never trailed until the seventh inning, but were staring at the possibility of a tough loss when they came to bat in the eighth down 5-4. But Aidan Malm put the Falcons ahead 6-5 with his two-run triple to center field, then four batters later, Andrew Williams repeated the feat with his own two-run triple to right that put the game out of reach at 9-5.
Starter Tyler Cochran shut out the Bear Cubs through five innings, then was lifted after allowing a walk and a double to lead off the sixth. Reliever Nolan Murphy stopped a Bear Cub rally with a double play grounder in the seventh, then retired the side in order in the eighth to earn the win.
Falcon leadoff hitter John Mook missed a home run by a foot when he hit the first pitch of the home half of the first inning off the top of the right field fence for a triple. Mook later added three singles to go 4-for-5 and raise his batting average to .436 (No. 1 in northern California).
The Falcons remain in fifth place in the Big 8 at 9-8, two games behind Sac City (11-6) and three back of the logjam in first (Sierra, Delta, and Santa Rosa, all at 12-5).