Cordova Baseball Tournament Returns

By Mike Bush  |  2017-04-06

Spencer Gudgel takes a cut for Cordova baseball in an SVC road game at Rosemont last week. 
--Photo by Rick Sloan

Today, Friday, the Cordova High School baseball team continues Sierra Valley Conference action at Union Mine.

Then next week, the Lancers will continue action in their own tournament.

After taking last year off, the Cordova Baseball Easter Tournament returns starting on Monday. All games will be played on the Lancers’ diamond.

In three days, the Lancers will play four games. Two of those games take place on Monday. Cordova (4-3 in the Sierra Valley Conference, 5-7) will host Mesa Verde at 9 a.m. That game will be followed by a noon game against Enterprise of Redding.

On Tuesday, the Lancers will conclude pool play action of the tournament against Redwood Christian of San Lorenzo that is scheduled for a 9 a.m. start time. How Cordova does in pool play will determine its opponent and time on Wednesday.

Two years ago, when the tournament was held, Cordova went 2-2 that included wins over Mesa Verde and Center.

This year’s Cordova baseball team returns to SVC action on Wednesday, April 19th when it hosts El Dorado.


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Golfers Take 2nd in Big 8 tourney #9; Men’s Tennis Defeats Modesto; Baseball Dominates at Lassen

Source: Ronald Richardson, Folsom Lake College  |  2017-04-06

Greg Vaughn has been hot lately with 10 hits in his last 20 at-bats over five games.

Men’s Baseball

With a ‘bye’ week in their Big 8 schedule, the FLC baseball team had to travel to Susanville on Tuesday to find a non-conference opponent. The long trip must have been just what the Falcons needed as they defeated the Cougars, 14-4. Starting pitcher Grant Dragmire pitched five strong innings, followed by relievers Austin Beard, Zach Martin, and Shane Gustafson. Designated hitter Greg Vaughn hit his first home run of the season, while Carson McCusker recorded his fourth consecutive multi-hit game. He now has seven games this season in which he’s gotten three or more hits, and yesterday’s four RBI gave him 42 for the season (second in California).

The Falcons are off the rest of this week, then resume Big 8 play next week against Cosumnes River.

Women’s Softball

After her team played two of their best games of the season a week ago against Sierra and Delta (both ranked in the top 5 in California), FLC softball coach Jenna Alexander was optimistic her team had turned a corner and could compete with anyone. But Tuesday afternoon the Falcons reverted back to previous form as they lost at Modesto, 3-1. The Pirates entered the game with a 7-17 record and were the only team in the Big 8 the Falcons had defeated in the first round of play. None of that mattered on Tuesday as the Falcons failed to capitalize against a very hit-able pitcher, recording just five hits. McKenna Rickles pitched well enough to win, allowing just six hits (none for extra bases), and the defense played a clean game with no errors, but it was the bats that let the Falcons down.

Men's Tennis

The Falcons played a make-up non-conference match at Modesto on Tuesday afternoon (originally rained out on Feb 3) and came home with a 7-2 victory over the Pirates. Sophomores Praj Ta and Max Hennessy were double winners for the Falcons as they both won in singles and combined to win their #2 doubles match.

Upcoming Sports Schedule

Fri Apr 7   M & W tennis:
                Big 8 Tournament at ARC (men)
                and FLC (women), all day

Sat Apr 8  M & W tennis:
                Big 8 Tournament Finals at ARC
                Softball vs Cosumnes River at FLC, 12:00 and 2:00 pm


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Cordova Diamond Squads Back in SVC Action

By Mike Bush  |  2017-03-30

Cordova baseball player Austin Smith throws a pitch during a recent home game against Rosemont. Smith and the Lancers are 2-1 in the SVC. 
--Photo by Rick Sloan

Both the Cordova High School baseball team and Cordova High softball teams had to battle Mother Nature last week.

Scheduled to play Sierra Valley Conference games, Cordova and the Lady Lancers’ squads were forced to sit out games because of rain and field conditions.

The last time that the Cordova baseball squad played was on March 20th in an SVC game at El Dorado. That’s where the Lancers left Placerville with a 6-4 win over the Cougars. Entering Wednesday’s conference road game at Rosemont, Cordova is 2-1 in the SVC and 3-5 overall.

Yesterday, Thursday, Cordova continued SVC action with a home game against Liberty Ranch. Today, Friday, the Lancers play another conference home contest against Rosemont.

As a team, Cordova has a .340 batting average. The Lancers have an on-base percentage at .434.

Leading the Lancers in different categories, starting with batting averages, is senior Logan Appino, who had an amazing .708 batting average. Behind Appino is junior Trevor Ready at .474, junior Jeremy Buck at .391, senior Zach Guererro at .333 and senior Spencer Gudgel at .292. Hovering around .300 is sophomore Nick Ravareau at .286 and seniors Jordan Meyers and Austin Smith at .250 each.

On the base paths, Appino leads in stolen bases at six and Buck and Guererro have two each. Guererro leads the Lancers in RBIs with nine, and Gudgel at eight.

Moving to the mound, Appino, along with Guererro and Smith, have a win each. Smith has struck out 12 batters to lead the team, followed by Appino at nine.

Cordova Softball
The Lady Lancers are still in search of their first win of the season.

Today, Friday, Cordova (0-3 in the SVC, 0-9) takes a break from SVC action when it hosts Tokay.

Yesterday, Thursday, Cordova played at Galt in an SVC contest. On Wednesday, the Lancers hosted defending conference champion Union Mine. On Tuesday, the Lancers entertained Rosemont.

Upcoming games after today for Cordova is next Tuesday when it welcomes Liberty Ranch, which is currently in first place with a 4-0 in the SVC and 10-1-1.

Next Thursday, the Lady Lancers play Union Mine again, this time at the Lady Diamondbacks’ field in El Dorado. One week from today, Friday, Cordova takes another break from conference play with a home meeting against Capital Christian.

All games, except for the Tokay contest, are scheduled to start at 4 p.m. The first pitch for today’s Tokay-Cordova contest is set for 4:15 p.m.


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Women’s Tennis Defeats Santa Rosa; Softball Nearly Topples Sierra; Baseball Wraps Up Three Game Sweep at Modesto

Source: Ronald Richardson, Folsom Lake College  |  2017-03-30

Abriana Rowe won in singles as well as doubles in the victory over Santa Rosa.

Women's Tennis
The FLC women’s tennis team took care of business Thursday afternoon as they defeated Santa Rosa 6-3 in a Big 8 Conference playoff match at the FLC Tennis Complex, earning the Falcons a trip to American River College next week with the Big 8 title on the line. Freshmen Abriana Rowe and Erin Cline were the dual winners for the Falcons, winning in both singles and doubles. Rowe combined with teammate Ella Zagorenko to defeat Santa Rosa’s pesky #1 doubles pair, 9-7, while Cline teamed with sophomore Arielle Frank at #2 doubles to win 8-5. The Falcons now advance to the Big 8 championship match next week against American River, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday afternoon (weather permitting) at ARC.

Women’s Softball
The Sierra College Wolverines scored early and often in the opening game of their doubleheader at Falcon Diamond on Saturday, eventually winning game one 13-4 in five innings. Brieana Maddux (first base) had three hits and three RBI to lead the Falcons’ offense, while sophomore Abbie Strickland and freshman McKenna Rickles both collected two hits apiece.

Men’s Baseball
After playing eight innings in 4+ hours at Falcon Field on Thursday night (the game was suspended due to 11:00 pm curfew), the FLC and Modesto baseball teams resumed play in the top of the ninth inning in Modesto on Saturday with the Falcons leading 17-7. The two teams combined for 22 walks, eight hit batters, and used 11 pitchers, which explains why they had only managed to play eight innings in over four hours on Thursday night. Freshman Aidan Malm hit his second home run of the season as the Falcons improved to 11-15 overall and 3-8 in the Big 8 Conference.

The Falcons and Pirates returned to the field twenty minutes later for their scheduled game, and the Falcons began just as they had the previous two games as they scored five first-inning runs. In the three-game series with Modesto, FLC scored 19 first-inning runs! However, this time their lead didn’t last as Modesto tallied eight runs in the fourth inning to take their first lead of the three-game series, 8-7. The Falcon bullpen took over from there, allowing just one run over the next eight innings. After Mitchell Hebner scored the tying run in the eighth inning, the game went into extras tied 10-10. The Falcons scored three in the 12th on RBI singles by Jack Rotteveel (his 5th hit of the game) and Aidan Malm, then exhaled when Josh Winkler closed out the win after loading the bases on two hits and a walk. In the 3-game sweep, the Falcons’ cumulative numbers were staggering: 43 runs scored on 43 hits, 31 walks, and 39 runners left on base. Just as alarming, the Falcon pitchers allowed 25 runs on 33 hits and issued 17 walks.

Upcoming Sports Schedule
Fri March 31      Men’s Tennis: with a victory on Tuesday (vs Solano), will play for Big 8 title at TBD, 1:00 pm
Sat Apr 1  Softball at Chabot (Hayward), 11:00 am and 1:00 pm
                Baseball vs American River at FLC, 1pm


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Long Distance Runners Shine for Cordova Track and Field

By Mike Bush  |  2017-03-30

In its first Sierra Valley Conference dual meet of the season, the Cordova High School track and field teams found individual success against Rosemont.

In the varsity boys’ events, Johnny Garcia was a double winner in the 800 and 1600 meter races. Garcia, a senior, took the 800 at 2 minutes, 17.84 seconds, which was a personal best. He was clocked at 5:02.59 in the 1600.

Another Lancer taking first place was junior Adam Holman in the 110 hurdles at 17.38 seconds. The 4x400 relay team also won at 3:33.56.

For the varsity girls, Citlalli Chavez also had a personal best in the 3200 meters at 14:07.12, which earned her a first-place finish. Trinity Foster, a sophomore, also won in the 100 meters at 17.89 seconds.

Cordova head coach Shane Jackson noted lots of improvement by Chavez and Garcia in the long distant events.

“They fought all race and came out victorious in their races,” Jackson said. “Johnny has put in a great amount of work and training miles to have the strength to chase down his opponent coming from 20 meters behind with a lap to go to win the race.”

The Lady Lancers’ 4x400 relay team of won the event at 4:35.10. Members of that winning team were senior Bri Anna Samuel, junior Carla Donis and freshmen Gabriella Maduri and Blessings Norwood.

In team scores, Rosemont beat Cordova boys 96-40. The Lady Wolverines also produced a 91-41 victory over the Lady Lancers. The Cordova frosh/soph boys squad pulled out a 69-37 win.

On Wednesday, Cordova hosted its first SVC dual meet of the season against Liberty Ranch. Then next Wednesday, April 5th, Cordova competes in another SVC dual meet at El Dorado.


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Cordova Baseball Splits Four Games

By Mike Bush  |  2017-03-23

Cordova batter Zach Guererro makes contact with the ball in last week’s SVC home game against Rosemont. 
--Photo by Rick Sloan

Four games in six days.

During that time span, the Cordova High School baseball team split half of those games into wins. Most important is that the wins were in Sierra Valley Conference action.

The latest conference win came on Monday at El Dorado High, where Cordova (2-1 in the SVC, 3-5) posted a 6-4 win over the host Cougars. That game had the Lancers’ bat come alive with 11 hits. Leading the way was Jeremy Buck, who went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Following Buck in hitting were Austin Smith, Logan Appino and Trevor Ready, all of whom had two hits each. Appino also had a stolen base. Nick Ravareau and Spencer Gudgel had a base hit each. Ready and Gudgel also had two RBIs each.

On the mound, Smith went the distance for the Lancers. He allowed only four hits, and struck out five Cougar batters.

Sheldon 14, Cordova 4

In a non-league game at the Huskies’ field on March 18th, the game was tied 1-1 after the first inning. Then in the bottom of the second frame, Sheldon scored four times for a 5-1 lead.

The Huskies expanded their lead to 7-1 in the third, and scored at least one run through the sixth inning. The game was called at that time due to the 10-run mercy rule. Sheldon finished the contest with 13 hits.

Cordova had seven hits. Buck and Appino had two hits each. Ready, Smith and Zack Guererro had a hit each. Guererro’s lone hit was a double.

Union Mine 13, Cordova 3

In an SVC game in El Dorado on St. Patrick’s last Friday, the visiting Lancers had eight hits.

Appino had the big bat again for Cordova, going 3-for-3. Ravareau and Guererro had two hits each, and Jordan Meyers had one.

Cordova 10, Rosemont 9

In the SVC home opener on March 15th, Appino was perfect at the plate, going 4-for-4 that included a triple and an RBI.

Part of the Lancers’ hitting parade against the Wolverines was Tipton, Ready, Ravareau, Smith and Buck, all of whom had a hit each.

Appino and Smith split time on the hill. Appino allowed only two hits, and struck out three Rosemont batters. Smith fanned four and walked two.

On Wednesday, weather and field conditions pending, Cordova was scheduled to play an SVC road game at Galt.

Today, Friday, Cordova will host Liberty Ranch in an SVC game. Next Monday, the Lancers play a non-conference game at Franklin of Stockton. Next Wednesday, Cordova is back in SVC action at Rosemont. Game times for all three are scheduled for 4 p.m.


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Softball Loses at Sac City; Baseball: Pitching Woes Continue as Falcons Lose Third Straight to Santa Rosa

Source: Ronald Richardson, Folsom Lake College  |  2017-03-23

McKenna Rickles leads the Falcons with a .392 batting average.

Women’s Softball

A mid-day deluge and lightning storm couldn’t stop the FLC women’s softball team from playing their scheduled game at Sacramento City College on Tuesday afternoon, although the Panthers came out on top 7-3. Falcon shortstop McKenna Rickles continued her hot hitting as she became the first Falcon softball player to hit two home runs in one game, accounting for all three FLC runs. The Falcons took a 2-1 lead on the first of Rickles’ homers in the third inning, but the Panthers quickly responded with four runs in their half of the inning. Rickles’ solo homer in the seventh - her third hit of the day – raised her team-leading batting average to .392.  Two Big 8 teams desperate for a win - each with just one conference victory thus far in 2017 - squared off in Santa Rosa on last Saturday as the Falcons visited the Bear Cubs for an afternoon doubleheader. It couldn’t have started out worse for the Falcons as they gave up seven runs in each of the first two innings, ultimately losing the opener 15-6. The Falcon bats finally came to life in the fourth and fifth innings as they scored six runs, but the early 14 run deficit was too much to overcome. McKenna Rickles had two hits, collected two RBI, and stole a base as the Falcons’ offensive star of the game.

Rickles took the mound for the Falcons in the late game, and after the Falcons took a 1-0 lead in the first, things were looking positive for the visitors. But as has been the case, one error led to more mistakes and the Bear Cubs took full advantage, scoring five runs in the second inning. Rickles settled down and shut them out the rest of the way, but despite her second multi-hit offensive game of the day, the Falcons only tallied one more run as they lost 5-2. The Falcons hope to right the ship on Tuesday, when they’re scheduled to visit Sacramento City at 3:00 pm.

Men’s Baseball

The Saturday afternoon finale of the three-game series with Santa Rosa started out well for the Falcons as they took a first-inning 2-0 lead. But things quickly turned ugly as the Bear Cubs capitalized on five doubles, three singles, three hit batters, and a passed ball to score 10 runs – all in the second inning. To their credit, the Falcons didn’t fold as they rallied to score six more runs over the next five innings. Carson McCusker smashed his eighth home run of the season in the sixth inning, a two-run shot that landed on the middle of the track, having completely cleared the protective screen in left field. The 15-8 final score was reflective of the type of season it has been thus far for the Falcons: lots of hitting and decent run support, but the pitching has been far from reliable. The team ERA in nine conference games is 7.96, meaning they’re allowing nearly 8 earned runs per game. With three games against Modesto (7-11 overall, 3-3 in Big 8) this week, the Falcons hope to turn things around.

Upcoming Sports Schedule

Fri March 24      M/W Tennis – Big 8 Playoffs TBD

Sat March 25     Softball vs Sierra at FLC, 12:00 and 2:00 pm

                Baseball at Modesto, 1:00 pm


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