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Forest Lake reloads

By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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Coach Ron Phillips is out to make sure last year’s breakthrough for the Forest Lake Christian baseball team was not a one-year wonder. The Falcons lost a bevy of talent from the team that went 10-5 overall and made the Sac-Joaquin Division VII playoffs last season. But Forest Lake has reloaded with young talent and a few veteran holdovers from last year’s team. “We’re young, but this team is more baseball savvy than other teams I’ve had,” Phillips said. “They’ve all played most of their lives. Last year we had a lot of great athletes and they learned and they could play, but these guys all know what they’re doing out there.” Sophomore Taylor Phillips leads the pitching staff. The coach’s son led the Central Valley Christian League in wins and strikeouts last season and already has two wins this year with 16 strikeouts. Luke Taylor may be the team’s top overall talent. The senior is a leader at shortstop and swings a heavy bat, already racking up five RBIs in seven at-bats this season. Taylor will also see time on the mound. Senior Amos McCamey is new to the team and has added pop to the lineup with his bat. He’s also steady in the field at first base. Junior Aaron Anderssen has a team-high five hits in eight at-bats this season. Forest Lake finished a half-game behind Vacaville Christian to take second place last year in the Central Valley Christian League. Vacaville is one of the favorites again this season along with Victory Christian. The Falcons are hoping the foundation built last season will hold up throughout this spring. “I think we could potentially do as well or better than last year,” Phillips said. “We just need to do the little things. We’re just going to have to wait and see how things turn out. I think we’ll be right there.” Foresthill The Wildfires are hoping to take a step in the right direction this season after they struggled to a 4-11 record last year. Things are looking up as Foresthill is already 2-0 in the Central Valley Christian League. Coach Ed Whitsett is realistic with his expectations for a team that features just two seniors. “We’re still young, so I think going .500 would be a successful season,” Whitsett said. “Delta’s new in our league and so is Sacramento Waldorf, so we don’t know anything about them. We know Forest Lake and Vacaville (Christian) will be tough.” Returning juniors Dave Whitsett, Jon McCann and Matt Furness lead the squad. Whitsett plays catcher and pitches. McCann is a first baseman and pitcher, who swings a heavy bat. Furness brings speed in center field and is also a solid pitcher. Whitsett is hoping promising freshmen Ian Sykes and Colton Rhone can come up big for the Wildfires. “We’re hoping they can catch up with the speed of the game quickly,” the coach said. Foresthill faces Delta twice next week, looking to make some noise early on in the Central Valley Christian League. “They’re a tight group,” Whitsett said of his team. “It’s hard to get them down, so I think we’ll have a lot of fun this year.”