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Falcons' Baseball Season Comes to an End

May 25, 2016 12:00AM ● By Source: Ron Richardson, Folsom Lake College

The FLC baseball season came to end Sunday afternoon at Santa Rosa JC when the Falcons fell to the number-one seeded Bear Cubs, 7-1, for their second straight defeat after winning Friday’s opener. The Falcons had not lost two games in a row since late March and had only lost once since then. They finish the season with a final overall record of 26-15 (an FLC record for wins), having advanced to the regional playoff round of eight.

The Falcons surprised the Bear Cubs by winning game one on Friday, 3-1. Sophomore starting pitcher Will Felton had another outstanding game to finish his FLC career, allowing just one run on four hits in almost six innings of work. Meanwhile, sophomore Tyler Kaim provided all the runs Felton would need with his three-run home run to left field in the third inning. Jason Wullenwaber took over for Felton and struck out seven Bear Cubs in his 3+ innings of work to earn the save.

On Saturday, the Bear Cubs jumped out to a 4-0 lead with pairs of runs in both the first and second innings. Greg Vaughn’s home run to left cut the deficit to 4-1 in the third inning, but that was as close as the Falcons would get as Santa Rosa’s Alec Rennard was nearly unhittable, allowing just three hits over his eight innings. Santa Rosa added three runs in the 4th and two more in the 6th to break it open, eventually winning 10-4.

In Sunday’s deciding game, three Bear Cub pitchers combined to limit the Falcon offense to just one run on four hits as Santa Rosa won 7-1. The Bear Cubs advance to host Chabot College in the Sectional round with the winner heading to a State Final Four berth.

Congratulations, Falcons, on an outstanding record-breaking season!