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It was just his second game on the hill this season, but Forest Lake Christian’s Corbin Phillips can hardly imagine feeling better than he did Friday.

Phillips, a junior right-hander, struck out 13 and surrendered just one walk while allowing five hits to lead the Falcons to a 4-1 win over visiting Central Valley Christian League rival Woodland Christian.

“I felt like things were rolling today,” Corbin said with a smile. “I felt really good. Actually, I’ve never felt this great on the mound.”



The Cardinals scored their sole run in the first inning, after Josh Perkins reached on an error and scored on a double to left by Woodland Christian catcher Skylar McAnelly.

From there, Phillips dominated through the next five frames. But when the top of the seventh rolled around, and the Falcons holding a comfortable three-run margin, Phillips suddenly found himself in trouble.




Two singles and a walk stocked the bases full with two outs, bringing the potential game-winning run to the plate in Woodland Christian’s Jacob Juhler.

“You know, I have all the faith in the world in Corbin and his arm,” said Ron Phillips, FLC’s coach and Corbin’s father. “I asked him out there ‘How are you feeling?’ And he said ‘Strong.’ He’s very honest with me.

“But I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t a little concerned.”

His son soon set those concerns at ease, as Corbin Phillips collected his 13th “K” of the day to end the threat and the ball game.

“I was struggling a little bit with my energy,” Corbin Phillips said. “They hit well and I wasn’t hitting my spots at the end. And they took advantage of it.”

At the plate, the Falcons took advantage of early offensive opportunities. FLC answered Woodland Christian’s first-inning score by pushing a pair of runs across the plate in the bottom half.

Phillips got things started with a double to right field and scored on a single by junior classmate Chase Fiore. Fiore later scored on a passed ball for a 2-1 lead.

The Falcons added another run in the third, as Corbin walked and swiped a pair of bases before scoring on a throwing error by McAnelly behind the plate. FLC’s final run came in the sixth, when Fiore walked, stole second base and scored on a single to left by freshman George Park.

Like Phillips, Woodland Christian’s Jake Wickline went the distance in the game. The senior right-hander struck out nine, while walking four and allowing two earned runs on five hits.

In just their second game since the 2005 season – Forest Lake Christian did not field a baseball team in 2006 – the Falcons now stand at 2-0. FLC defeated Sacramento Lutheran 15-5 on March 7.

“We’re a very young, inexperienced team,” said Ron Phillips, who is in his first season as FLC’s coach. “But I told the boys that the way we came back there in the end (with the bases loaded), we became a team today.”

The Falcons host Foresthill in a CVCL matchup Tuesday.

To contact Sports Editor Brian Hamilton, e-mail brianh@theunion.com or call 477-4240.

Falcons 4, Cardinals 1

Woodland Christian

Falcons 4, Cardinals 1

Woodland Christian

AB R H RBI

Jake Wickline 4 0 2 0

Josh Perkins 4 1 1 0

Jacob Juhler 4 0 1 0

Skylar McAnelly 3 0 1 1

Roy Kilpatrick 3 0 0 0

B.J. Ashcraft 3 0 0 0

Zack Kolb 3 0 0 0

Tom Stiles 2 0 0 0

Zack Hunter 3 0 0 0

Totals 29 1 5 1

Forest Lake Christian

AB R H RBI

Zach Rose 3 0 0 0

Matt Rose 3 0 0 0

Corbin Phillips 2 2 1 0

Chase Fiore 2 2 1 1

George Park 3 0 1 1

Aarron Anderson 3 0 1 0

Jesse Allred 3 0 1 0

Garrett Boatman 3 0 0 0

Aaron Leone 1 0 0 0

Andre Cannon 1 0 0 0

Totals 24 4 5 2

WC (0-9) 100 000 0 – 1 5 2

FLC (2-0) 201 001 x – 4 5 2

DP-WC 1, FLC 0. LOB-WC 8, FLC 5. 2B-Wickline, McAnelly, Phillips. 3B-Allred.

IP H R ER BB SO

Woodland Christian

Wickline 6 5 4 2 4 9

Forest Lake Christian

Phillips 7 5 1 0 1 13


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