Falcons still atop CVCL
Senior pitcher Mike Weiss is the reigning Central Valley Christian League’s Most Valuable Player, he’s already nailed down a scholarship to pitch at the Master’s College in Southern California and he consistently throws a fastball in the low 90s.
Yet the talented hurler admitted to feeling nervous and anxious all day Tuesday at school.
Why? Because Forest Lake Christian’s major baseball rival was coming to town and not just for any game, but for the Falcons’ home opener.
The stage was set for the big game and Weiss stole the spotlight getting the win on the mound while kick-starting his team to a four-run offensive outburst in the fourth inning.
Forest Lake Christian won by a final score of 11-4, but the score is somewhat deceiving as the Falcons had just a 5-2 lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning.
In six innings of work Weiss struck out 11 batters while giving up just three hits, one walk and one earned run.
“He’s the best pitcher in the league and clearly a good hitter,” Sacramento Waldorf coach Rich Nichols said.
Weiss threw 97 pitches, a number he says is fairly normal while hitting speeds of 89 numerous times throughout the early innings.
“I’m happy with the game,” Weiss said. “I’m confident with my fastball right now. I am finding my spots with it and my slider is working well too.”
In addition to spotting his fastball well, he had no problem seeing Sacramento Waldorf’s Joaquin Chavez’s pitches. Weiss went 2-for-3 for the day with two doubles, 2 RBIs, a walk and two runs scored.
Perhaps the most important hit of the day came off his bat in the fourth inning with the scored tied at one with the bases loaded. Weiss launched a ball over the head of centerfielder Ed Nichols to score Jeff Swinney, a junior leftfielder, and Chase Fiore, a freshman rightfielder.
The next batter, senior second baseman Kevin Farnum, hit into a fielder’s choice for an RBI, giving the Falcons what would be their game-winning run by senior catcher Joe Martin who reached on a walk. Farnum later hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning off the outside corner of the plate fastball to deep right center. It was the first homer of Farnum’s high school career.
Martin went 1-for-2 with three walks and two runs scored while senior first baseman Grant Marple went 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBIs.
“This is really a senior driven team,” Forest Lake Christian coach Phil Sparling said. “I have six seniors and they are the real leaders out there for us.”
Those seniors have led the Falcons to an 8-3 overall record with a perfect 4-0 CVCL record.
“These next few weeks the games are going to keep getting tougher and tougher,” Sparling said. “I have been telling the guys that we need to keep raising our focus and energy levels to match those games.”
FLC 11, Sacramento Waldorf 4
Sac Waldorf FLC
AB R H BI AB R H BI
Campbell 2b 4 0 0 0 Martin 2 2 1 0
Nichols cf 2 1 0 0 Phillips 4 0 0 0
Shack 3b 2 1 1 0 Weiss 3 2 2 2
Chavez p 2 0 1 0 Farnum 3 1 1 2
Lockhart ss 3 0 0 0 Marple 4 0 2 2
Cushman c 3 1 1 0 Brocker 3 0 0 0
Ganesekara 1b 3 0 0 0 Hudson 0 1 0 0
Callan lf 3 1 1 0 Sparling 3 1 1 0
Jarvis rf 3 0 1 0 Swinney 2 2 0 0
Fiore 1 2 0 0
Totals 25 4 4 0 25 11 7 6
Sac Waldorf 100 011 1 – 4
FLC 100 406 X – 11
2B-Weiss (2), Marple. HR-Farnum (1). LOB – SW 2, FLC 10.
IP H R W K
Chavez 5 1-3 7 7 6 8
Nichols 0 0 5 5 0
Campbell 2-3 0 0 0 1
Weiss 6 3 3 1 11
Martin 1 2 1 0 0
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