Information Provided by Ronald Richardson, FLC Athletic Coordinator/Kinesiology Professor
Baseball wraps up three-game sweep at Modesto
Softball: Falcons nearly topple Sierra
After playing eight innings in 4+ hours at Falcon Field on Thursday night (the game was suspended due to 11:00 pm curfew), the FLC and Modesto baseball teams resumed play in the top of the ninth inning in Modesto on Saturday with the Falcons leading 17-7. Though the Pirates loaded the bases with one out, the Falcons prevented them from scoring and earned their second win of the series. The two teams combined for 22 walks, eight hit batters, and used 11 pitchers, which explains why they had only managed to play eight innings in over four hours on Thursday night. Freshman Aidan Malm hit his second home run of the season as the Falcons improved to 11-15 overall and 3-8 in the Big 8 Conference.
The Falcons and Pirates returned to the field twenty minutes later for their scheduled game, and the Falcons began just as they had the previous two games as they scored five first-inning runs. In the three game series with Modesto, FLC scored 19 first-inning runs! However, this time their lead didn’t last as Modesto tallied eight runs in the fourth inning to take their first lead of the three game series, 8-7. The Falcon bullpen took over from there, allowing just one run over the next eight innings. After Mitchell Hebner scored the tying run in the eighth inning, the game went into extras tied 10-10. The Falcons scored three in the 12th on RBI singles by Jack Rotteveel (his 5th hit of the game) and Aidan Malm, then exhaled when Josh Winkler closed out the win after loading the bases on two hits and a walk. In the 3-game sweep, the Falcons’ cumulative numbers were staggering: 43 runs scored on 43 hits, 31 walks, and 39 runners left on base. Just as alarming, the Falcon pitchers allowed 25 runs on 33 hits and issued 17 walks.
This week, the Falcons will face American River in a Los Rios three-game series, with Tuesday's and Saturday's games at Falcon Field
The Sierra College Wolverines scored early and often in the opening game of their doubleheader at Falcon Diamond on Saturday, eventually winning game one 13-4 in five innings. Brieana Maddux (first base) had three hits and three RBI to lead the Falcons’ offense, while sophomore Abbie Strickland and freshman McKenna Rickles both collected two hits apiece.
Game two saw a different Falcon team take the field. After allowing the Wolverines a run in the top half of the first, the Falcons retaliated with three of their own in the bottom half. A single by Brieana Maddux scored Abbie Strickland all the way from first base for the first run. A single by catcher Gaby Fruciano put runners on the corners, then Mac Robertson’s triple to the fence in right-center scored both to put the Falcons ahead 3-1. After Sierra closed it to 3-2 in the third inning, second baseman Kelsey Liddell blasted a double off the right field fence to score Strickland and make it 4-2. Meanwhile, FLC starter McKenna Rickles was pitching a gem as she held Sierra to just two runs through the first five innings. In the sixth, the Wolverines scored two to tie the game at 4. Yet again, the Falcons responded with a run of their own when Makalah Alexander led off with a double, then scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-4. The Falcons were entering the seventh inning with a one run lead over the #5 team in California! The tide quickly changed when a walk, an error, and a single put the Wolverines ahead 6-5. A bunt single, a sacrifice bunt, and then a double produced two more runs that spelled doom for the Falcons as they eventually lost 10-5. Still, it was the best six inning of softball the FLC team has played this season and proved they could play with anyone. Their next home game will be Tuesday at 3:00 pm when they face Delta College.
Both men’s and women’s tennis have Big 8 Conference playoff matches this week. The men have a semi-final match against Solano on Tuesday, with the winner advancing to the finals on Friday (likely opponent will be American River). The women play at American River on Tuesday for the Big 8 Conference Championship. Go Falcons!
This Week’s Sports Schedule (home events in bold)
Mon Mar 27 Men’s Golf – Big 8 Tourney #7 at Fountain Grove Golf Club (Santa Rosa), 11:00 am
Tues Mar 28 Men’s Tennis vs Solano at FLC, 1:00 pm (big 8 playoff semifinals)
Women’s Tennis at American River, 1:00 pm (Big 8 Championship)
Baseball vs American River at FLC, 2:30 pm
Softball vs Delta at FLC, 3:00 pm
Wed Mar 29 Men’s Golf – Big 8 Tourney #8 at Ancil Hoffman Golf Course (Carmichael), 12 noon
Thur Mar 30 Baseball at American River, 2:30 pm
Fri Mar 31 Men’s Tennis: with a victory on Tuesday (vs Solano), will play for Big 8 title at TBD, 1:00 pm
Sat Apr 1 Softball at Chabot (Hayward), 11:00 am and 1:00 pm
Baseball vs American River at FLC, 1:00 pm
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