Golfers clinch Big 8 title; softball closes season with loss to Sierra
The Folsom Lake College men’s golf team is the Big 8 Conference champion for the third year in a row, it was determined after Monday’s Big 8 Tournament No. 12 at Wildhorse Golf Club in Davis.
The Falcons finished an uncharacteristic third place on Monday, just five strokes behind winner Sierra and three strokes back of surprising Delta. The eight points earned for that third-place finish, however, were enough to mathematically clinch the Big 8 title, as they now have a 24-point lead over Sierra with just two tournaments remaining. The Falcons were riding a 10-match winning streak prior to Monday’s tournament, so the results were a ‘good news/bad news’ scenario for coach Barry Zarecky.
“I’m disappointed we took third today,” said Zarecky, “but very pleased to be able to clinch our third consecutive Big 8 championship.”
With all six teams posting scores under 400 – a first in Big 8 golf history – the Falcons shot 387 on the tame Wildhorse layout. Once again, Max Menconi – the team’s most consistent golfer all season – led the Falcons with a 74, followed by Brandon Kelly with 76.
Team Scores FLC Individuals
Sierra 382 Max Menconi 74
Delta 384 Brandon Kelly 76
Folsom Lake 387 Krishton Trimp 77
Santa Rosa 390 Jacob Russell 78
American River 395 Austin Bennett 82
Napa Valley 397 Connor Gaymon 83
The Falcons will host Big 8 Tournament No. 13 today (Wednesday) at Rancho Murieta before closing out the regular season at Chardonnay in Napa on Monday and beginning preparations for the NorCal Regional championship in Madera on May 7.
The Falcons closed the books on the 2018 season with a 7-0 loss to Big 8 champion Sierra College on Tuesday afternoon at Falcon Diamond. Falcons’ pitcher Lauren Orris, playing in her final collegiate game, pitched well against the hard-hitting Wolverines, but was victimized by some unlucky bounces and close plays. The Falcons were unlucky batting as well, as several hard hit balls were turned into outs by the Sierra fielders. While there’s no doubt who the better team was, the game was far more competitive than the final score would indicate. The Falcons finished the season at 10-29 overall and 4-20 in Big 8 play.
The Falcons entered this week’s series against Sac City needing a three-game sweep to overtake the Panthers for fourth place in the Big 8, but that dream vanished with a 6-1 loss at Union Stadium in Sacramento on Tuesday night.
The Falcons had reason for optimism when centerfielder John Mook scored the game’s first run in the first inning on a Josh Winkler RBI single, but the Panthers’ pitchers would shut out the Falcons on four hits the rest of the night. The Panthers, meanwhile, took control in the fourth inning with a two-out rally – helped by two walks and punctuated by a two-run triple - that netted four runs. On the bright side, John Mook had three of the Falcons’ six hits, raising his team-leading batting average to a lofty .437 (third in the state) and on base percentage to .532 (fifth in California).
The Falcons will host Sac City on Thursday night (6 p.m.; bring the family, hot dogs will be available) in their final home game of the season before closing out the regular season on Friday at Sac City (6 p.m.). The Falcons are hoping to advance to the CCCAA regional playoffs, but may need at least one more win this week to guarantee a spot.
Upcoming sports schedule:
Wednesday, April 25 Men’s Golf – Big 8 Tournament No. 13 at Rancho Murieta CC,
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.
Monday, April 30 Men’s golf – Big 8 Tournament No. 13 at Chardonnay GC
(Napa), 12 p.m.