Falls City High School 9 rounds third and digs for home (to the obvious displeasure of the Horton third baseman, and with some words of encouragement from third base coach Nick Kraft), where he arrived safely, in the Tigers’ 9-1 home victory in the nightcap of last Thursday’s doubleheader on SNC Field. FC’s win gave them a split, but it could’ve — maybe should’ve — been a clean sweep for the Tigers, as FC built a 4-0 lead in the first game, only to see Holton turn it into a three-run hole (7-4) with a five-run outburst in the top half of the sixth inning. FC brought two across in the bottom of the seventh to climb to within one, 7-6, but Holton put the fire out and nailed down the win. FC left a healthy amount of runs on the field in Game 1, but in Game 2, they brought nine across with just five hits, burning the visitors on the base paths. Junior Brett Black stole three bases and scored three runs, senior Bradly Rose doubled and drove in a pair, junior Parker Thompson drove in two and Ransom Campbell recorded a RBI double in the game (his team-leading third double of the season), as well. FC drew five walks and Colton Reiss got plunked twice.
Sophomore pitcher Jake Craig completely stifled the visitors Thursday, allowing just one earned run on two hits over seven complete innings. He faced 26, walking three and striking out six. Horton’s batting average was .087 in the game. Craig delivered 101 pitches, picked up his first win and dropped his season ERA down to 3.50.
With the win, FC moves to 2-6 on the year ahead of tonight’s trip to Savannah, MO. The Savages are 3-0 this spring.
The Tigers travel to Norris Thursday to face the third-ranked 6-1 Titans, which last night lost for the first time in 2016.
FC hosts Wahoo/Lincoln Lutheran/Raymond Central Friday and stays home next Tuesday to take on Beatrice. The Orangemen improved to 3-5 on the season last night with a 5-2 home win over Douglas County West.