Entering Saturday's doubleheader against Diablo Valley, the Folsom Lake softball team had shown that they could beat up on lesser opponents, but had yet to demonstrate that same level of confidence against equal or better teams. That changed on Saturday, however, as the Falcons split the two games against a quality Viking team at Falcon Diamond, losing 11-6 before winning 4-1.
In game one, the Falcons rapped out 16 hits but were held to just six runs, all in the final two innings. Left fielder Tatyana Rosen had four hits and drove in three runs, and pitcher McKenna Rickles had two RBI, but the Falcons had spotted the Vikings with too big a lead to come back.
In the second game, Falcon pitcher Lauren Orris baffled the Vikings with off-speed pitches, giving up just one run on two hits as she induced popups and weak grounders throughout the game. It also helped that a solid Falcon defense played error-free behind Orris. Falcon designated player Tatyana Rosen collected two more hits - including her team-leading 9th double – as she raised her batting average to .478. Rosen also leads the Falcons in hits (33), home runs (3), RBI (23), batting average, and slugging (.739). The Falcons improved to 3-4 in Big 8 play (9-11 overall) and will hope to climb above .500 after this week's games against American River (1-4, 9-12 overall) on Tuesday and Santa Rosa (0-6, 9-10 overall) on Saturday.