FLC scores 23 in mercy-rule opener | TheUnion.com

FLC scores 23 in mercy-rule opener

John HartForest Lake's Jim Wagner slides safely into third base Friday against Wilton Christian. The Falcons blistered Wilton with a 23-0 pelting before the game was called due to the 10-run mercy rule.
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The Wilton Christian baseball team could have rolled into its Central Valley Christian League opener at Forest Lake Christian with a truckload of four leaf clovers and it still wouldn’t have mattered.

FLC’s Jimmy Wagner struck out 13 of 15 and the hosts roughed Patriot pitching up for 14 hits in a 23-0 mercy rule-shortened game Friday.

The Falcons (6-2 overall, 1-0 CVCL) led by six after the first inning, but never lost their focus.

That’s just the way head coach Ken Holt wants it.

“We talked to the kids before the game and said our goal this season is to play up to our level, (no matter who we play), every game,” he said.

Wagner, who went 3-for-3 with a double, stole five bases and gave up one hit, said his squad did just that.

“We played all the way until the end. We didn’t slow down at all,” he said.

FLC led 8-0 after two complete, but blew the game open with an 11-run third inning.

Michael Weiss also stood out at the plate. The freshman went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBI.

Jake Kobliska went 2-for-3 with a triple. Jay Hobbs had a double and a team-high five RBI.

Casey Hobbs went 1-for-2 and was beaned twice. Kory Kraning and Nick Whittington each singled in the win.

FLC will host Victory Christian of Carmichael 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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