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Baseball: Falcons repeat league championship title with win over Paly

The Falcons ended their memorable season with a 2-1 home loss against Bellarmine in the first round of CCS on May 21.

The score was tied at zero until the fifth inning when an error left runners at second and third with no outs. After a ground ball, the Bells scored the first run, and soon scored their second on a blooper to the outfield. The Falcons were finally able to break through in the sixth inning, scoring on a wild pitch, but they were unable to score more runs, ending their season.

On May 16, the Falcons defended their SCVAL championship title, beating Palo Alto 13-4 due to the strong pitching of senior Eric Ferguson. The Falcons finished the season 8-6 in league, and 21-10 overall.

Ferguson mixed his pitches well, and induced a lot of ground balls to stop the strong Palo Alto offense.

“My focus in the game was just to pitch down in the zone and let my defense work behind me,” Ferguson said.

Ferguson’s outstanding pitching resulted in the fewest runs that the Falcons have surrendered to Palo Alto this season.

In the end, the Falcons’ offense gave them a huge lead, starting in the second inning with a leadoff home run by senior outfielder Tyler Plesse. The Falcons scored another run that inning, and continued the offensive attack over the course of the rest of the game.

“There was a lot of timely hitting and clutch at-bats that really broke the game apart and gave us a big lead,” Plesse said.

Although Palo Alto was able to break through with a solo home run in the fifth inning, it was not enough to catch up to the Falcons.

Earlier that week, the Falcons had defeated Palo Alto 8-4 away on Tuesday but lost 19-5 at home on Thursday, resulting in a final showdown at Palo Alto on Friday.

The week before, the Falcons had a similar pattern against Los Gatos in league semifinals. The team lost to the Wildcats 8-7 away on Tuesday, May 7, but won 8-7 on Thursday, May 8 and finished the series on May 9, crushing them 8-0 at the Los Gatos field. With a large crowd of supporters decked out in red and consistent pitching by junior Joey Medeiros, the Falcons showed the Wildcats no mercy.

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