One more game at its own tournament was on the agenda for the Cordova High School baseball team last week. But once again, Mother Nature had a say in the Lancers’ games.
On April 12th, Cordova was supposed to have played Menlo of Atherton in the 47th annual Cordova Baseball Easter Tournament at Peterson Field. But rain and field conditions wiped out the Lancers’ final game. Cordova head coach Doug Hughes decided to cancel the rest of the tournament that included Menlo, plus Rosemont, Mesa Verde, Redwood Christian, Merced, Enterprise of Redding and Sanger. With the tournament in the books, Hughes and the Lancers turn their attention back to Sierra Valley Conference action. Cordova (5-3 in the SVC, 8-8) is in the middle of the race that includes being tied for second place with El Dorado (5-3 in the SVC, 12-6) and sitting alone in first place is Liberty Ranch (8-0 in the SVC, 13-5).
“I (don’t) think anyone (will) run away with the league title,” said Hughes going into Wednesday’s SVC game against Union Mine (3-5 in the SVC). “All of the teams in the SVC will beat up on each other for the next three weeks. We are up for the challenge and looking forward to it.”
As a team, the Lancers are batting .350. Leading the way at the plate is senior Logan Appino, who is batting .604 with 10 RBIs. Trevor Ready follows at .405 and Jeremy Buck .400 and 12 RBIs.
On the mound, Austin Smith has a 2-2 record for Cordova. That includes a 2.75 ERA and 23 strikeouts. Appino follows with 12 strikeouts, 2.80 ERA and 1-3, and Ryan Tipton 2-1 and 12 strikeouts. On Wednesday, Cordova hosted El Dorado. Yesterday, Thursday, Cordova played at Union Mine.
Today, Friday, the Lancers play at El Dorado. Cordova continues conference play at Peterson Field against Galt (0-8 in the SVC) next Wednesday, and play the Warriors again, this time in Galt, on Friday, April 28th. Game times are scheduled for 4 p.m.
“As a team, we can accomplish anything,” Hughes said. “I can’t express how proud I am of these kids. From last year to this year it’s like night and day. Not having a JV program the last couple of years, our underclassmen have had to step up and be a huge part of our success, which they have. I’m extremely proud of them. The last seven games should be exciting.”
For the second time in three games of the 47th annual Cordova Easter Tournament, the wins continued to build up for the Cordova High School baseball team.
The Lancers finished pool play Tuesday with a wild 10-9 win over Redwood Christian at Peterson Field. That win puts Cordova at 8-8 for the season, and when it returns to Sierra Valley Conference play next week at 5-3.
Behind 10-7 going into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Lancers scored four runs that led toward the win.
“These Lancers don’t quit,” said Cordova head coach Doug Hughes of Tuesday’s game.
Cordova had 13 hits in the contest. Six players had multiple hits, led by Zack Guererro, who went 3-for-4 that included a double and 2 RBIs. Cranking out two hits each for the Lancers were Logan Appino, Ryan Tipton, Jordan Meyers, Austin Smith and Jeremy Buck. Smith had three RBIs, while Buck and Guererro had two each. Tipton and Smith also hit a double each.
On the mound, Meyers started the game, going 3 1/3 innings, gave up five hits and struck out one for the Lancers. Nick Ravareau tossed the final 3 2/3 innings, allowed one hit and struck out three.
The tournament was scheduled to continue on Wednesday morning, despite light to moderate rain hitting the Sacramento region. Cordova was scheduled to play Menlo of Atherton from the Bay Area.
Enterprise 9, Cordova 1
In its second game on Monday afternoon, also at Peterson Field, Cordova was held to only four hits.
Ravareau had one of those hits, plus an RBI. Tipton, along with Smith and Buck, had a hit each.
Cordova 10, Mesa Verde 0
Playing its first game of the tournament, Cordova went only five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
The Lancer provided too much offensive power for the Mavericks with 10 hits. Four players had two hits each; Appino, along with Spencer Gudgel, Guererro and Buck. Gudgel also had three RBIs, and Trevor Ready two. Appino also had two stolen bases.
Tipton went the distance on the mound for the Lancers. He gave up only one hit, struck out four and walked only three. He faced 20 batters.
Cordova 10, Union Mine 7
In an SVC home on April 5th, the Lancers had 11 hits. Appino and Ready had two hits each, along with Smith. Ready also had two RBIs.
Cordova resumes conference action with back-to-back road games at Union Mine next Monday and Tuesday. The Lancers and Diamondbacks were scheduled to play each other before Cordova had its spring break, but the game postponed due to rain and field conditions.
Next Wednesday, Cordova will host El Dorado. All games are scheduled to start at 4 p.m.
Elijah Morgera was a triple winner for the Cordova High School boys track and field team last week.
Competing at El Dorado in a Sierra Valley Conference meet on April 5th, Morgera, a senior, won the 100 and 200 meter races with times of 11.10 and 23.11 seconds respectively. As a member of the Lancers’ 4x400 meter relay team with teammates Philip Cadena, Bryan Estrada and Andrew Roberts, Morgera and the trio took first place at 3 minutes, 36 seconds.
Roberts was a double winner for Cordova. Competing in the long jump, Roberts was first with a leap of 19 feet, 3 inches. He also won the triple jump at 38-01. Another winner for the Lancers was Sultan Folorunsho-Rasaq in the 110 hurdles, racing to a flat 17 seconds time.
But the host Cougars won the rest of the events, which led to a 78-58 win over Cordova. In SVC meets this season, the Lancers are 1-2.
On the varsity girls’ side, Cordova also went to 1-2 in SVC meets, as El Dorado ran to a 109-27 win.
Winners for the Lady Lancers was the 4x400 relay team of Carla Donis, Trinity Foster, Gabriella Maduri and Blessings Norwood, won with a time of 4:29.78.
In the field events, Faauiga Toele won the shot put with a throw of 33 feet, 5 inches, and the discus at 89-08.
In the frosh-soph boys’ meet, El Dorado narrowly defeated Cordova 65-64. Kijon Allen was another double winner for the Lancers in the 100 and 200 meter races. He was also part of the 4x100 team with Jaylen Jones, Mason Trujillo and Johnele Sanders, taking first place.
In long distant races, Trujillo was also a double winner for the Lancers in the 800 and 1600 meters. Jaizyn Kimo Kea Phelps-Reis joined the list of double winners, taking the shot put and the discus.
All three Lancer teams are off this week because of school’s spring break. Next Wednesday, Cordova will host Union Mine in an SVC meet at Lancers Stadium, scheduled to start at 4 p.m.
Led by large contingency of under and upperclassmen, the Cordova High School girls track and field team dominated Liberty Ranch in a Sierra Valley Conference dual meet.
Hosting the Lady Hawks at Lancers Stadium on March 29th, the Lady Lancers raced to a 70-57 win over Liberty Ranch. The win gives Cordova a 1-1 record in the SVC.
In the varsity boys’ meet, Cordova also had winners in running events. But the Hawks came away with a 90-46 win over the Lancers. The Cordova frosh-soph boys squad came away with a 67-40 grounding of the Hawks.
In the varsity girls’ races, Cordova’s Blessings Norwood was a double winner. In the 400 meter race, the freshman had a time of 1 minute, 8.75 seconds. Norwood leaped her way to first place in the triple jump at 28 feet, 4 ¾ inches. She is also a member of the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams that also took first place.
“Blessings is a hardworking and dedicated athlete,” said Cordova head coach Shane Jackson of Norwood. “She puts her full effort in everything she does. She is getting stronger in all of her events including the triple jump and 400 meters.”
In the 100 hurdles, Trinity Foster shined with a first-place finish at 18.20 seconds. The third of the trio of Cordova girls who won their race was Ambiance Jackson, first in the 300 hurdles at 54.87 seconds.
In relay races, the Lady Lancers’ 4x100 meter relay team of Norwood, plus other freshmen in Cara Donis, Gabriella Maduri and senior Bri Anna Samuel edged Liberty Ranch, 54.13. In the 4x400 relay race, Cordova’s Foster, Norwood, Maduri and Samuel raced to a first-place finish at 4:35, with Liberty Ranch clocked at 4:50.
The field events had Cordova’s Faauiga Toele win the shot put with a toss of 34 feet, 10 inches. Faauiga’s sister, Pele Toele captured first in the discus at 90-01.
“These young ladies are continuing the tradition of accomplished lady throwers for Cordova,” said Jackson of Pele, a sophomore and Faauiga, a freshman.
Second place finishes for the Lady Lancers were Carla Donis in the 100 meters at 13.71, Gabriella Maduri at 200 meters at 29.47, Bri Anna Samuel in the 400 meters with a time of 1:10.11, Jackson in the 110 hurdles at 19.75 and Pele Toele with a 30-11 mark in the shot put.
For the Cordova varsity boys, the 4x100 relay team of junior Tyreke Tate, Bryan Estrada, Elijah Morgera and Dante Pannell took first place with a time of 45.12. Members of the 4x400 of boys Andrew Roberts, Estrada, Morgera and Philip Cadena crossed the finish line at 3:51.62.
Tate won the triple jump at 39 feet, 1 ¼ inches. Roberts followed in top finishes for the Lancers, taking the 400 meters at 54.56.
“It has been a good year for these three hard-working young men,” said Jackson of the group of Lancer boys. “So far early in the season they are on track with their training and times.”
Second place finishes for the Lancers were Morgera, a senior, in the 100 meters at 11:53, plus the 200 meters at 23.52. Adam Holman took second in the 110 hurdles at 16.85 and the 300 hurdles with a time of 44.25.
Kijon Allen was a double winner for the Cordova frosh-soph boys squad in the 100 meters at 11.50 and the 200 at 24.37. In long distant races, David Franco won the 800 meters at 2:28.81 and the 1600 meter race at 5:15.02.
On Wednesday, Cordova continued SVC action with another meet at El Dorado.
That will be the Lancers’ final meet until Wednesday, April 19th, when they welcome Union Mine for an SVC meet at Lancers Stadium.
Ryan Tipton and the Cordova High School baseball team flexed their muscles against Galt on Monday.
Tipton, a sophomore, tossed a no-hitter against the Warriors in a rain make-up Sierra Valley Conference game. Lots of offense led to Cordova (4-3 in the SVC, 5-7) producing an 11-0 win over Galt. The game was called after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
On the mound, Tipton went the distance, striking out three and walked one. He hit two batters, but the Lancers’ defense recorded the outs to prevent the Warriors from scoring. He threw only 66 pitches.
The no-hitter by a Lancer baseball is the first in many years, according to Cordova baseball head coach Doug Hughes. As of press time, it was not known as to the last time a Cordova baseball player tossed a no-hitter.
On the offensive side, Tipton received plenty of punch by his Lancer teammates. Logan Appino went 3-for-4 with an RBI, scored twice and had three stolen bases. Nick Ravareau went 4-for-4 that included two doubles. Jordan Meyers and Jeremy Buck had two hits each. Tipton also had a hit to help out in the Lancers’ offensive attack.
Cordova 6, Rosemont 3
In an SVC home game on March 31st, the Lancers had nine hits. Buck had one-third of those hits with three and three RBIs, followed by two from Appino.
Meyers went five innings on the mound for the Lancers, allowed five hits and struck out three. Spencer Gudgel tossed the final two frames, allowed no hits and struck out one.
Liberty Ranch 12, Cordova 1
Ravareau had two of the Lancers’ three hits in an SVC road game on March 30th.
Rosemont 9, Cordova 8
Zach Guererro had four hits and Trevor Ready three for Cordova, which had 13 in the March 29th road game.
On Wednesday, Cordova hosted Union Mine in an SVC game. Today, Friday, the Lancers and Diamondbacks hook up again for the home-and-home series, this time in El Dorado. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Today, Friday, the Cordova High School baseball team continues Sierra Valley Conference action at Union Mine.
Then next week, the Lancers will continue action in their own tournament.
After taking last year off, the Cordova Baseball Easter Tournament returns starting on Monday. All games will be played on the Lancers’ diamond.
In three days, the Lancers will play four games. Two of those games take place on Monday. Cordova (4-3 in the Sierra Valley Conference, 5-7) will host Mesa Verde at 9 a.m. That game will be followed by a noon game against Enterprise of Redding.
On Tuesday, the Lancers will conclude pool play action of the tournament against Redwood Christian of San Lorenzo that is scheduled for a 9 a.m. start time. How Cordova does in pool play will determine its opponent and time on Wednesday.
Two years ago, when the tournament was held, Cordova went 2-2 that included wins over Mesa Verde and Center.
This year’s Cordova baseball team returns to SVC action on Wednesday, April 19th when it hosts El Dorado.
With a ‘bye’ week in their Big 8 schedule, the FLC baseball team had to travel to Susanville on Tuesday to find a non-conference opponent. The long trip must have been just what the Falcons needed as they defeated the Cougars, 14-4. Starting pitcher Grant Dragmire pitched five strong innings, followed by relievers Austin Beard, Zach Martin, and Shane Gustafson. Designated hitter Greg Vaughn hit his first home run of the season, while Carson McCusker recorded his fourth consecutive multi-hit game. He now has seven games this season in which he’s gotten three or more hits, and yesterday’s four RBI gave him 42 for the season (second in California).
The Falcons are off the rest of this week, then resume Big 8 play next week against Cosumnes River.
After her team played two of their best games of the season a week ago against Sierra and Delta (both ranked in the top 5 in California), FLC softball coach Jenna Alexander was optimistic her team had turned a corner and could compete with anyone. But Tuesday afternoon the Falcons reverted back to previous form as they lost at Modesto, 3-1. The Pirates entered the game with a 7-17 record and were the only team in the Big 8 the Falcons had defeated in the first round of play. None of that mattered on Tuesday as the Falcons failed to capitalize against a very hit-able pitcher, recording just five hits. McKenna Rickles pitched well enough to win, allowing just six hits (none for extra bases), and the defense played a clean game with no errors, but it was the bats that let the Falcons down.
The Falcons played a make-up non-conference match at Modesto on Tuesday afternoon (originally rained out on Feb 3) and came home with a 7-2 victory over the Pirates. Sophomores Praj Ta and Max Hennessy were double winners for the Falcons as they both won in singles and combined to win their #2 doubles match.
Upcoming Sports Schedule
Fri Apr 7 M & W tennis:
Big 8 Tournament at ARC (men)
and FLC (women), all day
Sat Apr 8 M & W tennis:
Big 8 Tournament Finals at ARC
Softball vs Cosumnes River at FLC, 12:00 and 2:00 pm