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Falcons win baseball home opener
"Falcon coach Dave Guetlin congratulates Caden Russell for driving in a run in the second inning with a pop fly behind first base. The ball was caught, but it was hit too deep to make a play at home.Jim Larsen/staff photosSouth Whidbey's baseball team is 1-0 at home this year after winning their first home game of the year Saturday.The Falcons jumped on the visiting Ingraham Rams early to take an 8-0 lead after two innings. They added single runs in each of the next three innings to win 11-0 after five innings, when the 10 run rule was invoked.Starter Bryan Wenker earned the win with three strong innings throwing to catcher Caden Russell. Chris Patterson shut out the Rams in the 4th and 5th, throwing to Jim Berto.Brian Gabelein and Jim Davis provided the bulk of the Falcon offense, each going 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and 3 RBIs.Brady Switzer got things rolling with a lead-off double in the first, and Gabelein doubled him home. Both shots bounced off the left field wall.Coach Dave Guetlin credited Wenker with an outstanding performance, his second fine showing of the young season. A right hander, Wenker depends on a fastball and curve.The win before the home crowd on a mostly sunny but breezy afternoon was needed, as the Falcons lost their first two games on the road. Stanwood beat the Falcons 11-1, while Coupeville won 6-4. In JV action, the Falcons won 6-5 against Ingraham with Jake McCourt knocking in the winning run.Jim Davis has been the hitting standout to date, going 2-for-4 in all of the season's first three games. Monday the Falcons traveled to Everett where the Seagulls improved their record to 3-0 with a 10-0 win over South Whidbey. For the Falcons, Tim Gabelein and Davis recorded hits.Today, March 21, South Whidbey players start their North Cascades Conference season with a home game against Granite Falls. Friday they travel to Granite.Coach Guetlin is in his first year with the Falcons and so far he's pleased with the team's play despite the 1-3 record. They're a tremendous bunch of kids to work with, he said. All the tools are there to be successful, they've just got to believe in themselves. "