Lady Lancers Outhit by Opponents

By Mike Bush  |  2016-04-27

To close out the second half of Sierra Valley Conference action on Monday, the Cordova High School softball team played at rival Rosemont.

One of the Lady Lancers’ big hits in the game was a home run off the bat of Mason Pittaro in the sixth inning. But that came after the host Wolverines did their damage that led to a 7-2 victory.

Cordova (4-5 in the SVC, 8-10 overall) had four hits in the game. But Rosemont finished with 10.

“We couldn’t match up against Rosemont (on Monday),” said Cordova head coach Tracy Cole, whose Lancers defeated the Wolverines 8-3 on April 13th.

Rosemont, which is battling Cordova for the conference’s third and final playoff spot, scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning. The last two runs came in the bottom of the fifth, prior to Pittaro’s blast.

Other Cordova hitters contributing in Monday’s game in Sacramento were Traci Mahony, Kai’lee Cole and Samantha Lutman, all of whom had one hit each.

Going into Wednesday’s road game at Galt, the Lancers are in fourth place but one game behind the Wolverines for the final playoff spot. The SVC sends three teams into the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs that start next month. Union Mine sits in first place at 10-0 and Liberty Ranch is second at 6-3.

Cordova has six games left, including a make-up game against El Dorado that was postponed due to rain. Tracy Cole estimated that his team needs to win four of the six games, if not all, to secure the final playoff spot.

“We just got to get (the wins),” Cole said.

Union Mine 11, Cordova 1

In an SVC home game on April 20th, the visiting Diamondbacks banged out 16 hits against the Lady Lancers, who had only five. Union Mine also benefited from three Cordova errors.

At the plate, the Lancers, who scored their only run in the bottom of the third inning when Union Mine led 4-0, were led by Pittaro, who had two of the team’s hits. One of her hits was a double. Kai’lee Cole and Vanessa Cain, along with Lancer teammate Nikki Jones, had one hit each.

Four of the D’backs’ hits came off the bat of Shyanne Winje. In the circle, Union Mine pitcher Beth Hammer struck out five Lancer batters.

After Wednesday’s road game at Galt, Cordova will host Liberty Ranch today, Friday. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.

The third meeting between Cordova and El Dorado is scheduled for Wednesday, May 4th in Placerville. Game time is also scheduled for 4 p.m. According to Tracy Cole, no date has been set for the make-up game.

Cordova Baseball Suffers Tough Losses

By Mike Bush  |  2016-04-27

Cordova pitcher Austin Smith goes into his wind-up in last week’s home game against Galt. Photo by Rick Sloan

At the start of last week, the Cordova High School baseball team was in the thick of the race to grab one of the Sierra Valley Conference’s three playoff spots.

The Lancers had won three of their last five games. That included wins over defending SVC champion El Dorado, Union Mine and Galt.

But on Tuesday, the Lancers lost a 13-2 game to Liberty Ranch on the Hawks’ field in Galt. Cordova (5-7 in the SVC, 6-11-1 overall) has lost its last two conference games.

Tuesday’s loss now puts Cordova in fourth place, one game back behind Liberty Ranch and Rosemont, which are tied for third place at 6-6 each. Union Mine sits in first place while El Dorado is in second, just one game behind.

Galt 5, Cordova 0

In an April 21st home game, the Lancers had only three hits; one each from Austin Smith, Nick Ravareau and Jeremy Buck.

“Plain and simple – they beat us,” said Cordova head coach Doug Hughes. “Galt got the timely hits when they needed them.”

The Warriors had 10 hits in the game. They scored two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and the final two in their last at-bat.

Yesterday, Thursday, Cordova continued SVC action with the third and final meeting at Liberty Ranch. Next Tuesday, May 3rd, the Lancers host Rosemont. The first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.


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Softball Team Drops Two One-Run Games At Los Medanos, Golfers Take Second At Home Tournament

Source: Folsom Lake College  |  2016-04-26

Mason Troike shot 73 to earn low medalist honors. Photo courtesy Folsom Lake College

Softball. The FLC softball team kept coming back against Los Medanos, but ultimately lost a pair of one-run games on Tuesday afternoon in Pittsburg.  In game one went into extra innings with the two teams were tied 9-9 after seven innings. The Falcons scored one in the eighth, only to be matched by the Mustangs in their half of the inning. In the ninth, the Falcons again put the go-ahead run on the board to take a 11-10 lead, but Los Medanos responded with two in the bottom half to win 12-11. The Falcon offense was clicking as three players (Abbie Strickland, Brooke Stacy, and Lizzy Bond) collected three hits apiece, while Bree Martinez went 5-for-5. In game two, the Falcons were down 2-0 when they took advantage of Mustang errors to score five runs in the fourth inning. The 5-2 lead wouldn’t last as Los Medanos chipped away, eventually winning the game with a walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh, 6-5.  The Falcons will play their final home games of the season today at Falcon Diamond when they host Bay Valley Conference leader Solano College in a doubleheader starting at 1:00 pm.

Men’s Golf

The Falcons hoped to clinch the Big 8 title in yesterday’s tournament #14, but Santa Rosa prevented a celebration by defeating FLC by five strokes (381-386).  Freshman Mason Troike earned low medalist with his 1-over par 73, but he didn’t get enough help as Santa Rosa had all six golfers shoot 78 or better. With just two tournaments remaining, the Falcons still hold a six point lead over the BearCubs.


The FLC baseball team recorded another victory yesterday, this time winning 6-5 in 10 innings at Mendocino College in Ukiah. The Falcons took an early 2-0 lead on Nick Schumacher’s first-inning double to right field, then extended their lead to 4-1 in the fourth inning when Greg Vaughn drove in a run with a double to left-center and scored on an error. Schumacher’s fifth inning leadoff home run put the Falcons ahead 5-2, but the Eagles battled back with three runs in their half of the inning to tie the game at 5. Neither team managed to score through the final four innings, but in the 10th Vaughn struck again. His second double of the game scored Nicola Mislinski, who had drawn a two-out walk, all the way from first base with the winning run. Sophomore lefty Kendall Menard earned the win in relief after taking over in the fifth inning and pitching 4 -2/3 scoreless innings.

The Falcons improved to 16-5 in BVC play (21-12 overall), but remain in third place as both Laney and Los Medanos won yesterday. They’ll play at Contra Costa tomorrow (Saturday), then finish the regular season next week at Laney on Tuesday and at Napa on Thursday.


The men and women opened state championship tournament play at Ojai on Thursday with mixed results.  For the men, Sean Alves (seeded #3 North) had a first round bye, then won his next two matches (against San Diego City and Cerritos) to reach the final 16.  His next match will be Friday afternoon against south #8 seed from Irvine Valley. Shawn Morgan (unseeded) lost his opening round match in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 4-6. The doubles team of Morgan/ Praj Ta won their first match (vs Grossmont) 6-3, 6-4 before losing to south #7 seed Saddleback, 1-6, 3-6.  The team of Kevin Conley /Francisco Garcia lost to south #9 seed Riverside 2-6, 2-6.

On the women’s side, Hannah Crookham won her opening match (vs Antelope valley) by default, then lost to south #3 seed Orange Coast 1-6, 0-6. Sophie Taber lost to El Camino 0-6, 2-6, and Anjelica Frank defeated San Diego Mesa 6-4, 6-0 before losing to north #5 Fresno City 0-6, 1-6. In doubles, the team of Crookham/Taber lost a grueling three-set match to Grossmont 6-1, 2-6, 11-13. Michelle Doyle/Reneer Balingit lost to #10 south Riverside 0-6, 1-6, and Anjelica/Arielle Frank lost a close match to Santa Barbara, 4-6, 4-6.

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5 Ways to Revamp Your Run

Brandpoint  |  2016-04-21

(BPT) - Have you ever wished you could just snap your fingers and be able to run a marathon? If only it were that easy. Whether you’re training for a race, want to get in shape or simply enjoy the rhythm of your feet hitting the pavement, running takes consistency and practice.

“No matter where you fall on the running spectrum, there’s always room for improvement,” says Rebekah Mayer, National Run Training Manager for Life Time Fitness - The Healthy Way of Life Company. “If you’re striving to become a better runner, you might need to make some changes or switch up your routine.”

Below are five tips from Mayer to help amp up your run so you can feel great while making each workout count:

Ease into your outdoor runs

If you’ve been hitting the treadmill all winter and are just beginning to run outdoors, take it slow. Pavement is harder on your knees and joints than a treadmill belt, and your running form is a little different when you’re outside on the ground. Start by taking some easy workouts outdoors, and then progress into harder workouts. By then, all the trails will be fully clear and your legs will have a chance to adapt.

Ditch the background noise

Consider leaving your headphones at home. While music is essential to beat boredom on a treadmill, many runners come to enjoy the quiet solitude or group chatter when running outdoors, especially when you run with a friend. Without headphones, it’s also easier to hear traffic, animals or approaching pedestrians. If music is absolutely necessary, try running with only one ear bud in.

Make it memorable

Take the time to make some of your runs a little more interesting. Is there a trail system a short drive from your home or nearest health club? Even if it doesn’t fit into your daily routine, doing some runs at a more scenic location every so often can make the miles much more enjoyable. Changing up your routine also helps keep your body challenged so you can continue to build strength and endurance.

Gather your running buddies

Running with friends is one of the best ways to stay motivated. Running with a buddy on a treadmill is fun as well, but an outdoor running pal or group can help the time and miles pass more quickly. Life Time destinations nationwide host Tuesday Night Social Runs with varying distances and they’re complimentary for members and non-members. There’s nothing like good conversation to keep you entertained during your workout. Running partners can be good pace setters as well and might even suggest some new running routes or trails you’ve never tried before.

Dress the part

If you run in the dark, choose reflective clothing and a headlamp for safety. On rainy days, add a water resistant jacket and a cap to keep water out of your eyes. This will make the weather more tolerable. If temperatures are cool, choose an outer layer you can easily remove if you get too warm. Life Time is a firm believer that the right pair of shoes can help prevent injury, so make sure you find a pair that works for your running style.

Use these tips to make the most of each run or if you’re one of the thousands of Americans who’s currently training for a marathon, check out to sign up for a virtual or in-person run training plan.

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Wins Continue for Lady Lancers

By Mike Bush  |  2016-04-20

Cordova shortstop Nikki Jones tags out a Rosemont runner in last week’s SVC home game. Jones and the Lancers rallied to post an 8-3 win. Photo by Rick Sloan

Three wins in four games. That’s what the Cordova High School softball produced in seven days.

The one game that the Lady Lancers didn’t win was on Monday in a Sierra Valley Conference contest. Playing at Liberty Ranch, the hits were there for Cordova (3-3 in the SVC, 7-8 overall), but the Lady Hawks pulled out an 8-3 win.

The game was tied 2-2 after the first inning. But Liberty Ranch (record) scored two more runs in the second and three more in the third frames for a 7-2 lead. Cordova scored its final run in the top of the sixth.

Cordova finished with nine hits in the game. Leading the offense was Nikki Jones, who went 2-for-4 with a double. Samantha Lutman also went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Traci Mahony also had an RBI. Liberty Ranch had 10 hits.

“Liberty Ranch has our number (on Monday),” said Cordova head coach Tracy Cole, whose squad plays the Hawks again this month.

Cordova 22, Galt 6

In an SVC game home game on April 15th, the Lancers had the Warriors’ number.

Cordova banged out 21 hits in the game that was called after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule. One of those hits was a grand slam from Mason Pittaro, who clubbed her second home run against El Dorado on April 11th.

Mahony and Joycelyn Brown had four hits each for the Lancers; Mahony had a double, three singles and two RBIs while Brown also had two RBIs. Sierra Reyes joined the Lancers’ hitting circle by going 3-for-4 that included a double and two RBIs.

Other Lancer hitters were Samantha Lutman, Pittaro and Kai’lee Cole with two hits each.

Cordova 28, Leroy Green Academy 0

In a non-conference road game in Sacramento on April 14th, the Lancers led 11-0 after the first inning. The game was called after five innings, also because of the mercy rule. Cordova had 25 hits.

Cordova 8, Rosemont 3

In an SVC home game on April 13th, the visiting Wolverines led 3-1 going into the bottom of the fifth inning. That’s when the Lancers’ offensive production took command. Cordova, which scored its first run in the first inning, plated seven runs that led to the win.

“We batted our whole line-up,” said Cole of his team’s attack in the fifth frame. “They just let loose.”

The Lancers had only five hits, plus took advantage of four Rosemont errors to get the win. Reyes, along with Cooper, Brown, Mahony and Cain, had a hit each for the Lancers.

On Wednesday, Cordova, which was sitting alone in third place in the SVC, hosted first place Union Mine, which is 7-0. Today, Friday, the Lancers will host El Dorado and next Monday play at Rosemont. Both games are scheduled to start at 4 p.m.

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Good Pitching Guides Cordova Baseball

By Mike Bush  |  2016-04-20

On the mound for Cordova baseball is Austin Smith, who went the distance in the Lancers’ 3-2 win over El Dorado last week. Photo by Rick Sloan

Twice in a week, the Cordova High School baseball team was involved in a one-run game.

In Tuesday’s Sierra Valley Conference road game at Galt, the Lancers had good pitching and timely hitting that led to a 6-5 win over the Warriors. The win keeps Cordova at 5-5 in the SVC and 6-9-1 overall and still in the hunt for one of the conference’s three playoff berths.

“It looks like it will come down to who plays the best in the final five games,” said Cordova head coach Doug Hughes.

On the mound, the Lancers’ Jarrett Harris went the distance; he struck 10 Galt batters, allowed six hits and walked three.

At the plate, Logan Appino and Spencer Gudgel had two hits each. Appino also had an RBI.

Bear Creek 12, Cordova 3

In a non-conference road game in Stockton on April 16th, the Lancers had only three hits while the Bruins clubbed 11.

“We got beat by a very good Bear Creek team (12-5-1),” Hughes said. “The Bruins hit just about everything we threw up there. Like I told my players after the game, all loses are disappointing but playing good teams like Bear Creek are only going to make us better in the long run.”

Cordova 3, El Dorado 2

The other one-run game took place at the Lancers’ field on April 14th.

The game was in the Lancers’ favor, 3-1, going into the top of the sixth inning. The visiting Cougars scored a run but Cordova hung on for the victory.

And pitching was also a factor as well. The Lancers’ Austin Smith also went the distance, striking out three Cougar batters, walked none and gave up only three hits.

Buck and Appino had two hits each in the game. One of Buck’s hits was a double, which plated Appino in the bottom of the third inning.

Yesterday, Thursday, Cordova hosted Galt to complete their home-and-home series.

Next Tuesday, the Lancers host Liberty Ranch. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m. 

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Falcons Rout Yuba, Stay Undefeated in April

Source: Folsom Lake College   |  2016-04-20

Catcher Mason Allen launched a three-run home run in the sixth inning. Photo courtesy Folsom Lake College

It may sound like a broken record, but the formula continues to be a winning one for the Folsom Lake College (FLC) baseball team: great pitching, good defense, and timely hitting have propelled the Falcons to a 6-0 record in April.

A recent 12-1 rout of Yuba College at Falcon Field was the perfect demonstration of why the Falcons are rolling. Starter Josh Moore allowed just one unearned run on four hits over seven innings. In his last three starts, Moore has pitched 24 innings while allowing just one earned run, an ERA of 0.37.

Meanwhile, the offense rapped out 19 hits, highlighted by a pair of three-run home runs. Catcher Mason Allen went deep in the sixth inning giving the Falcons a 9-1 lead, then designated hitter Kale Leach went yard in the eighth inning to make it 12-1. Six Falcon hitters got at least two hits a piece — Mike Majeski and Tyler Kaim each had four — while five Falcons had a least two RBI.

The win was the Falcons’ sixth straight — they’ve yet to lose in April –— and 10th  win in their last 12 games dating back to March 19th.

At 15-5, they’re currently two games behind Bay Valley Conference leader Laney College and just half a game behind second-place Los Medanos. The remaining four games are all on the road, beginning with Mendocino on Thursday before playing at Contra Costa on Saturday.

Upcoming Sports Schedule:

Fri  April 22nd: M/W Tennis at Ojai Tournament (Individual Regional Championships), all day

Sat  April 23rd: Baseball at Contra Costa, 12 noon and M/W Tennis at Ojai Tournament (Individual State Championships)

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