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Pitchers show the right stuff

Eileen JoyceThird baseman Jay Hobbs looks to the umpire after tagging out a Rite of Passage player during Forest Lake's baseball game Thursday.
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Casey Hobbs set the Right of Passage baseball team up, and Jimmy Wagner knocked it down in the host Forest Lake Christian’s 2-1 non- league win Thursday.

Hobbs, who improved to 2-0, tallied seven Ks and gave up one hit in five innings work to get the win.

Wagner took the mound in the sixth, but it was no relief for the visitors.

The junior right hander struck out five of the last six ROP batters in the next two innings to earn the save and seal the win.

FLC (7-4 overall, 2-1 Central Valley Christian League) – which totaled three hits to ROP’s one – needed every bit of help the duo could offer, said head coach Ken Holt.

“They combined for 12 strikeouts and a one-hitter and that was pretty much the story of the game,” Holt said. “We didn’t hit the ball very well today. We’ve got a big game at home against (defending CVCL) champ Woodland Christian Tuesday, so we’re (going to have to address that).”

Nick Whittington set the table for the hosts in the first inning with a lead off double. The senior advanced to third on a Hobbs base hit, then scored on a Michael Weiss infield grounder.

Hobbs struck again in the third; this time it was lightning on the basepaths.

The senior singled, stole second, then took third on a wild pitch before scoring in a Wagner infield dribbler.

ROP cut the lead in half with two outs in the seventh, but Wagner whiffed the last batter to preserve the win.

“We should have hit the ball a lot better. Their pitcher did a good job of keeping us off balance, but I think our focus (at the plate) just wasn’t there,” Hobbs said. “We’ve got to get it together before we play Woodland Christian next week. The next two practices are going to have to be huge.”

Hobbs went 2-for-3 to lead the way a the plate for the Falcons.

FLC, which split with eventual Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV runner up Woodland Christian in the CVCL slate last season, will have to get production from both the batter’s box and in the field Tuesday if it has a chance to knock off the perennial power.

“This is going to be a big game for us,” Hobbs said.

The first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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