FLC wins, earns berth
The Forest Lake Christian softball team earned its second straight berth to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs with its 11-4 home field win over Woodland Christian Tuesday.
The Lady Falcons (9-4 Sacramento Valley Christian League), who bowed out after the first round last season, will be the SVCL’s third seed.
They will meet Mountain Valley League champ Turlock Christian at the Lodi Softball Complex noon Saturday.
“It’s great to get to the playoffs again. Especially after all of those years we finished dead last (in the league),” FLC head coach Lea Brush said.
The hosts, who had dropped their last three games, took a one-run lead after the the first inning, but the Lady Cardinals answered with three runs in the second.
FLC tied it up with two outs in the second inning on Braeden Huusfeldt’s two-RBI triple, then took the lead on a Tracy Malone RBI single.
Malone stole second, third, then scored on a Joy Hicks triple.
The Lady Falcon defense gave up a run in the third, then settled in for four shutout innings.
“It started out as a slugfest, then the defense really stepped it up. We’ve been in a kind of a slump lately and it was nice to see them play the way I know they can,” Brush said.
Malone, who turned in the defensive play of the game from her shortstop position in the third inning when she went horizontal to snag a line drive, went 2-for-3 with a double and a team-high three RBIs.
Hicks, who also went-2-for-3, had two doubles and two RBIS.
Megan Paulk went 2-for-4 with a double and a two RBIs. Huusfeldt also finished with two RBIs.
Stephanie Tejeda went the distance for the win.
FLC totaled 10 hits and committed three errors. Woodland Christian had six hits and seven errors.
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Another week on the track and another win for Brad Sweet.