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2017 Falcons
Lady Falcons come up short in Semi-Finals

Woodland Christian advances to the championship game on Thursday afternoon against Argonaut High of Jackson. Argonaut is undefeated in the double-elimination tournament and needs just one win to claim the division title. Argonaut beat Woodland Christian 10-4 Wednesday afternoon, meaning Woodland would have to beat Argonaut twice on Thursday to win the division.

The Falcons opened with a 2-0 lead on Wednesday after junior Mila Rodriguez reached on an infield error, followed by RBI singles from sophomores Sofia Ramirez and Alexis Jimenez. Woodland Christian tied it up in the bottom of the first, and the Falcons pulled ahead 3-2 when sophomore Grace Hosman tripled to deep left-center field with two out and scored when sophomore Katie Chambers singled up the middle.

The Woodland bats heated up in the third inning with three hits, including a two-run home run for freshman Jordyn Hutchins, the first of two home runs for her on Wednesday. The Cardinals went through their lineup and by the end of the inning they held a 6-3 lead.

The Falcons responded with three runs in the fourth inning. Katie Chambers was hit by a pitch and Rodriguez reached on an error, and both came home when Ramirez doubled to deep right-center field.

“At the plate I try to clear my head and focus just on the game,” Ramirez said. “My confidence was really high today. My mindset today was just to have fun no matter what happened.”

Ramirez scored when Megan Chambers grounded out. Jimenez also doubled in the inning, but was tagged out at the plate when she tried to score on freshman Emma Sales’ single to right field.

Woodland Christian took the lead back again with a run in the bottom of the fourth, going up 7-6, and would keep the lead for the rest of the game. The Cardinals made it a 9-6 game when Hutchins hit another two-run homer in the sixth inning.

Millennium had a chance to take the lead back in the top of the seventh when Hosman singled, stole second and came in to score when Katie Chambers reached on an infield error. Rodriguez also reached on an error, and they both advanced when Ramirez executed a sacrifice bunt.

With Katie Chambers on third and Rodriguez on second the Falcons had a chance to tie it up with one out. Megan Chambers bunted in an attempt to bring her sister in from third. Woodland made the play at first, and then went for the play at home plate, where the umpire called Katie Chambers out on the play to end the game.

Ramirez finished the game with two hits and three RBI, and Jimenez had three hits and batted in one run.

“When I’m up at the plate I want to do what’s best for my team. I just want to make my mom proud,” Jimenez said. She added that the team grew together over the season.

“I learned I can be a little hot-headed, but when our team plays we play like family. We work hard and that’s what wins games.”

Junior pitcher Nikki Ruiz gave up 13 hits and seven earned runs over six innings.

Gonsalez added that he hopes to get nearly all of the players back for next year. Sierra Carpenter is the only senior on the team, and aside from her and junior Ruiz, Rodriguez and Ashley Noriega the team was all freshmen and sophomores this year.

“Our future is bright. I can’t wait for next year,” he said. “We came up short of our goal but it was still a great season for us.”