By Mark Powers
Jacob Tucker (’18) got the ball on opening day for the Falcons on Tuesday against Bear Creek and he did not disappoint. Tucker was magnificent, as he struck out 11 while holding Bear Creek to a few scattered hits over 6 2/3 innings. Jason Carrey (’18) recorded the final out on the mound with a classic “good morning, good afternoon, goodnight strike” out on three pitches, as the Falcons took down Bear Creek 2-0 on a beautiful opening day at Joe Marty Field. The Bruins gifted the Falcons a run in the home half of the first. Michael Ingram (’18) provided some insurance in the fifth when he one hopped the wall in center field, driving in Tucker with an RBI double. Drew Taylor (’18) provided two hits out of the leadoff spot for the Falcons as well.
A similar theme appeared in the first inning on Wednesday as well for the Falcons as they traveled to Land Park to take on McClatchy. A Lions throwing error gifted the Falcons a run in the first inning, staking the Falcons a 1-0 lead. From that point on, however, all similarities with Tuesday’s win over Bear Creek came to a screeching halt, as the Lions scratched out three earned runs against CB starter Mark Powers (’18) and took the win 9-1. Powers surrendered two runs in the first inning on three hits and a hit batter. Powers did not have good stuff on Wednesday, but did manage get through the next three innings unscathed despite having men in scoring position in every inning. It all came apart for the Falcons, however, when a two-out error led to two runs for the Lions in the 5th and knocked Powers out after 4 2/3 innings and three earned runs. The Falcons’ bats never could get going against CKM, and after the Lions brought home five runs against JT Waldon (’19) in the 6th, they led 9-1. The Falcons put a man on base in the seventh, but hard hit balls continued to find the mitts of Lions defenders. and CKM picked up a home blowout win over the Falcons. The Falcons will have a chance to get back on the winning track Thursday at home against Del Campo in a make up game for last Friday’s rainout. No designations have officially been made, but it’s likely Jason Carrey will get the nod for the Falcons on the mound.