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Falcons playoff hopes fall short

John HartForest Lake Christian junior Matt Lockhart fields an infield shot at shortstop Wednesday at Bear River High school. The Falcons lost to Victory Christian, 7-5.
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The Forest Lake Christian baseball team’s playoff hopes were dashed thanks to a 7-5 loss to Victory Christian of Carmichael at Bear River Wednesday.

The teams, who finished the Central Valley Christian League tied for second, had to fight it out one last time this season to see who went to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs as the CVCL No.2 seed and who had to watch them from the bleachers.

The Falcons, who gave up three runs in the bottom of the first, cut the lead to a deuce in the fifth on an Aaron Christal RBI double.

The Crusaders regained the lead – and then some – with two runs in both the fifth and sixth to lead 7-1.

Casey Hobbs led off with a triple, then scored on a Christal sacrifice fly.

A single, error and fly out later, Hobbs scored on a Matt Lockhart infield single to cut the lead to four.

With runners on second and third, Nick Whittington brought the Falcon dugout to its feet with a two-run double to the fence in right field.

The rally, and FLC’s postseason hopes, ended with a routine grounder in the next at bat.

“We didn’t quit. We could have just laid down, but we kept battling. Unfortunately, we didn’t get off to a good start,” Falcon head coach Ken Holt said.

Hobbs said the Crusaders took his teams’ usual role early.

“We’re usually a good first inning team. We don’t allow a lot of runs to cross in the first inning. It’s us who usually score (big) in the first. (The difference today was) our hard hits found gloves and theirs found holes,” he said.

Whittington led the way for the Falcons at the plate. The senior went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.

“I’m sure going to miss playing with these guys. It’s been fun playing all four years together,” the senior said.

Christal, who fanned a batter in relief of Jimmy Wagner in the sixth, had as double and two RBIs.

Lockhart, Wagner and Jay Hobbs had had a single each.

Victory Christian finished with nine hits and two errors. FLC totaled seven hits and no errors.

Weiss struck out three in the loss.

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