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Folsom Flames warming up with great weekend

By: Staff Report
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Two Folsom Flames baseball teams won tournaments and another placed second in Super Series NIT Tournaments held April 14-15. Pitching was at a premium, as all three teams made it to the championship game. The 12-and-under team competed in Sunnyvale and won five games and tied another en route to a tournament title. The only blemish on the record was an opening game tie (1-1) against the Tiburon Baseball Club. The team then went 5-0 the rest of the way with victories over Team Brushback, Santa Clara Warriors, Red Barons Baseball Club, Nor Cal Phantoms and the Tri-County Blazers. In the title game, the Flames found themselves in a deep hole after a half inning of play; however, they stood their ground and ended the contest in four innings via the 10-run rule. Garnering tournament accolades were Luke Wolger, Ryan Hicks, Vance Armstrong and Jason Carrey. In Manteca, the 11-and-under Flames won five of six games on their way to being crowned tournament champions. Their only loss came at the hands of the Delta Dawgs. However, in elimination play on Sunday, the Flames exacted revenge in beating the Dawgs in the semis. In the title game, the Flames faced the Rebels of South County. Folsom found themselves down, chasing two- and four-run leads by the Rebels. Persistence, solid pitching and timely hitting gave the Flames a chance and ultimately the comeback to capture the title. Players of note during the weekend included Peter Hansen, Taylor Ignacio, Nick Marchi and Chad Wilson. Also in Manteca, the 13-and-under team completed pool play with a 3-1 record while recording wins against the Danville Diamond Kings, Delta Pirates and the Brentwood Blast. In the final game, the Flames fell to the NorCal Rebels. Trevor Darrow, Dominic Langham, Adam McMahon and Evan Stafford made the all-tournament team. The Flames’ baseball club continues to grow in terms of quality play on the field. With the season not even at the halfway point, all three teams are already in mid-season form.