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South Whidbey Falcons win first league contest

Sophomore JR Graham takes a solid swing then watches it go awry Monday as the Falcons win their first Cascade Conference game, 7-4 over the Lakewood Wolves. - Jeff VanDerford
Sophomore JR Graham takes a solid swing then watches it go awry Monday as the Falcons win their first Cascade Conference game, 7-4 over the Lakewood Wolves.
— image credit: Jeff VanDerford

Whenever a Falcon batter gets on base, Coach Dave Guetlin yells, “Find it. Find the ball!”

For the uninitiated, that’s the coach’s own method of keeping his players safe. “I want the kid to look around for the ball so he doesn’t get tagged,” Guetlin explained. It ensures epic base-stealing by Falcon runners translating to runs scored.

Seemed to work pretty well Monday as South Whidbey won its fifth straight game, 7-4 over last year’s league champ Lakewood. Their 5-1 overall record puts the Falcons on top in the Cascade Conference.

For now, at least.

Logan Hanna was a serious presence on the mound, dropping one Cougar after another on strikes. But the Cougars managed to score in all but three innings so the key to the game was keeping offensive pressure on Lakewood.

In the Falcon first inning, Danny Parra hit a one-out single and scored on a Lakota Holder double to left center. Nick Davis came through with a two-out single to score Nick Tenuta in the second.

Offensively on the day, there were five Falcon hitters who had two hits to lead the attack: Parra, Holder, Joey Smith, Tenuta and Davis.

What proved to be the game-winning run came in the Falcon fourth as Tenuta led off with a single, stole second and scored on a Davis RBI single for the second time in the game.

This would be just after Guetlin yelled, “Find it!” to Tenuta.

Defensively it was Hanna on the mound who picked up his third win of the season going the distance for the first time this season for the complete game victory. Hanna struck out eight hitters and walked only one over seven innings of work.

Coupeville on Saturday

Against the Wolves, the Falcons unveiled a new weapon Saturday — the long ball.

In the Falcon first inning, Aaron Mannie led the game off with a walk and came around to score as he was followed by a Parra single moving him to third. Mannie then scored on a fielders choice by Smith.

The Falcons picked up their second run in the third as Parra picked up a solo home run over the left field fence. It was Parra’s first as a Falcon and the first this season for the team.

Coupeville tied the game in the bottom of the third at 2-all using a walk and two singles, followed by a controversial call on a catch in right field that allowed a run to score.

In the fifth, the Falcon boys put the Wolves away for good as they picked up eight runs after bringing twelve hitters to the plate. The Falcons used five hits in the inning when Holder batted a two-run opposite field home run shot to left field.

Jason Shoudy was superb on the mound for the Falcons, going six very strong innings with one earned run. Apart from the third inning, Shoudy allowed only two base runners to reach base.

He retired the side in order in the final three innings, striking out nine Wolf hitters on the day. It was Shoudy’s first varsity win as a Falcon.

Next: Today at 4 p.m. the Falcons travel to Lakewood for the second game of a three game series. On Friday both teams return to South Whidbey for the series final game.

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