PREP BASEBALL: Golden Sierra ousts Forest Lake Christian from playoffs |

PREP BASEBALL: Golden Sierra ousts Forest Lake Christian from playoffs

Forest Lake Christian's Hayden Piner delivers a pitch during a playoff game earlier this season.
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The Forest Lake Christian baseball team had its season come to a close Monday on their home diamond, falling to Golden Sierra, 4-2, in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoffs.

“We didn’t get hits. We had some guys struggle that normally don’t. That hurts,” said Forest Lake Christian head coach Jess Soria. “That pitcher was good. Kept us off balance and they made plays when they needed to.”

Golden Sierra pitcher Tony Ceirante was solid on the mound, throwing a complete game and holding the No. 7 seed Falcons to just three hits and two earned runs while striking out nine.

Forest Lake Christian’s starting pitcher Hayden Piner was also strong, throwing five innings, allowing four hits, three runs, two of which were earned and 10 strikeouts. Mikey Rubio pitched the final two innings and allowed one unearned run.

The game was tight throughout with Golden Sierra, the No. 10 seed, holding a slight edge early.

In the first inning, Golden Sierra’s leadoff batter drew a walk, stole second base, advanced to third on a sac bunt and scored on an infield hit.

The score would remain 1-0 until the top of the sixth when Golden Sierra plated three more runs after three walks a couple of hits and an FLC error.

Trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the sixth, the Falcons fired back with a pair of runs. Kyle Cuniberti hit a fly ball to center, which was dropped, putting him on second. The next batter was Brett Soria, who hit a line-drive home run to cut Golden Sierra’s lead in half. The Falcons wouldn’t get any closer than that. Rubio would follow Brett Soria’s two-run jack with a base hit, his second of the day, but he would be stranded at first.

The loss concludes a season in which the Falcons went 14-7, placed third in the Central Valley California League and earned a home playoff game.

“The seniors that are graduating will be missed,” Jess Soria said. “I’m very happy for the work that they put in and I’m glad they are leaving the program in the right direction.”

The Falcons bid farewell to seniors Joey Pearson, Ioan Lascoe, Garrett Reader, Kody Kennedy, Piner and Rubio.

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email

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