The home team Falcons got some big strokes out of the box Wednesday night June 6 in a non-conference test against the Saints of Melcher-Dallas.
Brooks Jacobsen would take the mound and use the lower side of the strike zone and the Falcon reliable infield to keep the Saints attempts on the ground through 3 innings.
The Falcon offense came out of the dug out swinging and get opportunities to challenge the arm strength of the Saints on the base paths tonight.
Falcons started their half of the 1st with a couple of base hits and a walk, but failed to get any across the plate and strand 3 on the base paths.
In the Falcon 3rd with the score 0-0, Sawyer Nickell would pound a lead off base rap and steal second on the next pitch. Next up Spencer Buban who would drive one through the gap for an RBI shot scoring Nickell and then steal second on the next pitch to Brady Langloss. Langloss drew a walk with a patient look at the Saints hurler. Nobody out and with Buban taking 3rd on another steal and Langloss on second, Jayden Halferty drove one deep to left field for a sac fly and RBI scoring Buban with Langloss moving to 3rd. Thomas Earls used his bat to make contact for an RBI and get Langloss across the plate; Falcons lead 3-0 at the bottom of the 3rd.
In the Saints 4th Jacobsen would strike out 2 Saints looking at a third called strike, but in between those strike outs the Saints would connect on the right hander for 2 hits; one a home run. Saints get on the board in their half with 1 run.
Wayne gets a hit and a walk in the 4th but no runs and still lead 3-1.
The Saints lead off reached on a bobbled pop up in the Falcon outfield and followed by a walk and a base hit to score an unearned run in their 5th.
Falcons lash 2 more hits in the 5th but get no runs and lead 3-2.
At the end of 6, the score was still 3-2 Falcons.
A storm was brewing from the north east and some wind was picking up some dust that was starting to swirl to begin the 7th inning. Omen or not the Saints leadoff man reached first on a bad hop that handcuffed the always reliable Falcon 2nd baseman Tyson Fogle. That Saint runner would steal second on a passed ball. The second baseman regained his composure when the next Saint hit a shot to brother Gunner Fogle playing shortstop who pegged a throw to the second baseman who then put the tag on the runner leaning too far off the bag. One out and one on.
With one man on 1st base Jacobsen was relieved by Sawyer Nickell. Jacobsen left the mound after allowing only 3 Saints hits, striking out 3, and leading 3-2 in his 6 and 1/3rd innings of work.
The next 2 Saint batters reached after being hit by a pitch; Nickell got the next Saint do go down swinging. Bases loaded and 2 outs, the Falcon pitcher walked the next batter to score the tying run as the wind picked up from the north.
Coach Scroggie brought his 3rd baseman Langloss to the hill. Langloss jammed the Saint in tight and got the hitter to pop up to the Falcon 2nd baseman. Falcons go to their 7th all tied at 3.
The Falcon catcher Halferty led the 7th with a hit by a pitch walk. In a whirlwind, Halferty advanced to 2nd on a Saints passed ball and then to 3rd by the same scenario. Left fielder Zayden Mitchell stood patiently in the batterís box for a chance to drive in the winning run, but an attempt by the Saints catcher to catch Halferty leaning failed with an errant throw over the Saints 3rd basemanís head and Halferty raced home for the winning run.
Go Falcons, tonightís colossal feature, besides the solid play of the Falcon infield defense, in this battle was that every Falcon made good driving contact from the box tonight; recording only 3 strikeouts; and the most promising feature of this young team, was the 11 hits and 4 RBIís put in the book.