FALKNER–Friday, the Falkner Eagles’ baseball season came to a close after losing game two of their best-of-three series to Ingomar 6-1. The win completed the sweep for Ingomar, who won game one Thursday by a score of 13-6.
amp”Only one person is going to be state champs and we would have liked for it to have been us, but not this year,amp” said Falkner Head Coach Carl Rowell. amp”Ingomar is a great team and I wish them all the luck in the world.amp”
Things looked promising for the Eagles, as Will Robertson held Ingomar’s high-powered offense scoreless and hitless through the first four innings. However, Ingomar broke through in the fifth inning when John Logan hit a solo home run deep to centerfield, tying the game at one.
Ingomar added three runs in the sixth and two in the seventh–a Josh Hodges two-run home run–to complete their scoring.
Robertson went the distance, allowing five runs off seven hits while retiring seven by strike-out. Robertson finished the season at 7-2.
amp”We were lucky,amp” said Ingomar coach Andy Wilbanks. amp”Falkner’s a good team and we were fortunate enough to get by them. The (Will) Robertson kid came out and did a very good job on the mound, but we just got a couple of timely hits and put a few hits together. To be a 10th grader, he’s got a lot of maturity about himself. He fills the zone up, he’s a bulldog, and he competes.amp”
Josh Lambert scored the only run for the Eagles in the top of the third inning. Ingomar pitchers Preston Broom and Josh Hodges combined to strike out 12, while scattering six hits on the day.
The Eagles finished the season 16-4 and advanced past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 1982, when the Eagles advanced to the North Half Championship series.
Rowell was on that team and he said he’s has coached good teams in the past, but none could compare to the work ethic of this year’s squad.
amp”Everybody dreams of a season where you lose only a few games or go undefeated,amp” said Rowell. amp”You win one here and you win one there and all of a sudden the wins start piling up. You get to thinking that you have something special going on.
amp”I mean, I knew this team had some talent and the want-to, and I’ve had some good teams in the past, but I’ve never had a team that wanted it as bad as this team.amp”
Rowell said that on numerous occasions during the year, he would return from driving his bus route to find some of the seniors hitting ground balls to the other players. He said that showed him it was going to be a special year.
amp”We had good leadership,amp” added Rowell. amp”You just could not have asked for a better group of kids to coach. They did everything I asked them to do and that helped us to a great season.amp”
Jamie Carter was one of three seniors Rowell said played a part in the success of the Eagles. After Friday’s game, Carter fought back tears as he reflected on the joy of a successful season and the pain of his senior campaign coming to an end.
amp”Oh Lord, this season has meant a lot,amp” said Carter. amp”It’s my last one and we pretty much decided where we were going to stand. We’ve had a lot of fun and this season has been a blast. It feels great just knowing that my last year we were the first team since 1982 to make it this far.amp”