After an opening weekend series win at Butte, the Falcon baseball team was ready to host a two-game set against College of Marin on Friday and Saturday. But with an outfield that currently looks more like the Everglades; the Falcons were forced to find an alternative site to play the Mariners.
The Falcons eventually secured the baseball field at Ohlone College in Fremont, partially because their synthetic turf field can allow teams to play under wet conditions. As it turns out, those conditions were ever-present on Friday afternoon, as the Falcons won both ends of their doubleheader over Marin in a moderate rainstorm, 6-1 and 8-3.
In the opener, the Falcons scored three early runs in support of lefty starter Andrew Vaughn, who responded with five innings of two-hit ball while allowing just one unearned run. Sophomore Tyler Cochran came on in the seventh and threw three innings of one-hit shutout ball to earn the save. The offense was led by leftfielder Braeden Holliday, who had a home run and three RBI, while shortstop Isaiah Lissade had three hits, including a double.
In the second game, the Falcons got another excellent performance from their starter, this time by freshman Trevor Johnson. Johnson gave up just two hits in his six scoreless innings while striking out six Mariners. The Falcons’ offensive star was designated hitter Alex Schroeder, who was 3-for-4 with a homer, a double, and three RBI. Holliday had two hits and scored twice, and Lissade had a triple and a run scored.
The Falcons’ Monday game at Butte has been postponed until Tuesday with hopes of better weather, and this weekend’s series against Gavilan will be played in Gilroy due to the current field conditions at FLC.
The Falcons drew the tough task of facing state No. 1 ranked Diablo Valley on Friday; just three days after the Vikings saw their season-long 21-game winning streak snapped at Sierra. So not only were the Falcons facing the best team in the state, but an angry one at that. The Vikings dominated from the tipoff and rode it all the way to a 92-48 blowout win over the Falcons. Sophomore Alma Perez was the only Falcon in double figures with 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting (45 percent).
The Falcons have a non-conference game against Yuba on Tuesday night at Falcon Gym (6 p.m.), then will play at Delta on Friday.
The Falcon shooting woes continued on Friday night in Pleasant Hill, as they lost to Diablo Valley, 72-50. The Falcons shot just 26 percent overall from the field and were exponentially worse from three-point range, where they were 2-of-11 (9 percent). Even free throws were a challenge on this night with just 12-of-22 (54 percent) falling. Isiah Maun led the team with 13 points and 10 rebounds, as he and Zethan Dumpson (12 points, 10 boards) recorded double-doubles.
The Falcons have until Friday night to regain their shooting touch, as they’ll face Big 8 leader Delta (18-5, 10-1 in Big 8) in Stockton.