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FLC baseball team stunned by Sierra

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What looked like a Falcon victory turned into an extra-inning loss for the Folsom Lake College baseball team on Saturday afternoon, as they fell to Sierra, 7-5, at Falcon Field.  After scoring three first-inning runs, the Falcons led the entire game until a disastrous ninth inning, when Sierra scored three runs – two of them unearned due to a throwing error – with two outs to take a 5-4 lead. In their half of the ninth, the Falcons rallied to tie the score on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to deep center by Aidan Malm, but the Falcons stranded the winning run at second on a ground out that sent the game into extra innings.  In the tenth, the Wolverines took advantage of two walks and two wild pitches with a game-winning, two-run triple to win 7-5.

The Falcons wasted another terrific effort by starting pitcher Shane Gustafson, who allowed just one unearned run in his 6 -1/3 innings. 

The loss dropped the Falcons to 10-11 in Big 8 play and they remain in fifth place, two games behind Sac City (12-9), their opponent for this week’s final series.  A three-game sweep over the Panthers would move the Falcons up to a fourth-place finish. All three games will be played under the lights (6 p.m.), and Thursday’s game will be the final 2018 home game for the Falcons.

 

Softball

Saturday’s softball doubleheader at Sacramento City was over quickly, as the Panthers won both games in five innings, 8-0 and 10-2. The Falcons managed just two hits in the opening game, while Sac City’s catcher, Elizabeth Caffero, led the Panthers’ offensive attack with two doubles and a home run. 

In the second game, the Falcons had two hits each from centerfielder Hope Ferri and first baseman Tatyana Rosen, but it was not enough as the Panthers pounded out 14 hits off starter McKenna Rickles. The Falcons (4-19) will close out the 2018 season on Tuesday against Big 8 leader Sierra (20-3) at Falcon Diamond.

 

This week’s sports schedule

 

Monday, April 23         Men’s Golf – Big 8 Tournament #12 at Wildhorse GC (Davis),

                                    12 p.m.

 

Tuesday, April 24         Softball vs. Sierra at FLC, 3 p.m. (sophomore recognition/season

                         finale)

                                      Baseball at Sac City, 6 p.m.
 

Wednesday, April 25   Men’s Golf – Big 8 Tournament #13 at Rancho Murieta CC,

                                      11:30 a.m.

 

Thursday, April 26       Baseball vs. Sac City at FLC, 6 p.m. (final home game)

                                      M/W tennis at state championship tournament (Ojai), all day

 

Friday, April 27            M/W tennis at state championship tournament (Ojai), all day

                                      Baseball at Sac City, 6 p.m.