Falcons bowl over Wildfires

Forest Lake answers Foresthill rally to remain in league title hunt
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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FORESTHILL — Shane Soria was his brother’s keeper Tuesday afternoon and he had plenty of help from his friends on the Forest Lake Christian baseball team. Freshman Kyle Soria was facing a one-run deficit after an uncharacteristic second inning that saw Foresthill rally to take a 5-4 lead. But the Falcons responded with a six-run onslaught in the third inning, including a two-run double from big brother Shane — a senior captain. “The offense was something we really needed today,” Shane said. “We’ve been struggling with it, but this was a step in the right direction.” Kyle Soria recovered from the second-inning rally by the Wildfires to pick up the win in four innings of work. Jacob Yarborough handled the last three innings, giving up two runs on two hits in the seventh inning. The Falcons improved to 4-1-1 in the Central Valley California League and kept their league title hopes alive. “If we win out, we’re league champs,” Forest Lake coach Ron Phillips said. “We can’t look ahead. We took the first step today and the next step is Victory Christian on Friday.” It looked like Forest Lake might roll through Foresthill (0-3 CVCL) after the visitors put up four runs in their first at-bats. Robert Bristol’s two-run double highlighted the early rally. The Wildfires drew four straight walks in the second inning as Drew Bertoncin trotted in to score the first run for Foresthill. After a pair of strikeouts, Aaron Arnett was hit by a pitch to bring in a run. Ian Sykes followed with a laser shot down the right field line that was good for a triple and drove in three runs. Trailing 5-4, Forest Lake wasted little time erasing the deficit. Michael McGrew legged out an infield single and Wills Riley followed with a triple to drive him in. Josh Hengel reached on an error, Kyle Soria drew a walk and Hunter Phillips had an RBI-single. Shane Soria then doubled and came around to score on Yarborough’s single. Forest Lake manufactured two more runs in the fifth, taking advantage of walks and errors by the Wildfires. Shane Soria, who is headed to play at Grand Canyon University in Arizona next year, this spring is about more than pursuing league titles. He’s relishing the chance to play with his freshman brother, a versatile contributor for the Falcons. “He’s played a lot, just like I have and he’s doing better than I thought he would,” Shane said.