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Falcons split, but win a thriller over ATM
The South Whidbey Falcons seven-game win streak came to a sudden and abrupt halt early this week as the team dropped the first of three games with Archbishop Murphy by a score of 11-1 in five innings.
It was a day where nothing went right for the Falcons, and it started with the weather and a couple rain delays. The Falcons had tied the school record of seven wins in a row before this loss.
The Falcon bats were quiet for the second game in a row as Wildcat hurler John-Paul Blair threw a five-inning no-hitter against South Whidbey.
Logan Hanna picked up the only Falcon RBI on the day as he knocked in Joey Smith from third on a sacrifice fly.
With game two on Wednesday, the Falcons pulled a rabbit out of a hat, coming back in dramatic fashion from a 4-0 deficit in the fifth inning to take a 6-4 lead. South Whidbey then held on to win, 6-5.
The big story of the game was Jason Shoudy on the mound.
Though sick all week, Shoudy managed to throw six excellent innings of work before Lakota Holder came in to close it in the seventh. Shoudy did not allow an earned run through six innings of work and managed to keep his composure as the Falcon defense had a couple of key miscues that allowed three unearned runs to score in the Wildcat third inning.
Shoudy improved his record to 3-0 on the season while Holder picked up his fourth save of the season.
In the fifth inning and trailing 4-0, Nick Tenuta used his legs to beat out an infield single and get things rolling for the Falcons.
Combined with three Wildcat errors and five Falcon base hits, six runs were plated by South Whidbey in the inning. Hanna came up with the big blow, getting a two RBI single to right field. Danny Parra also laid down the perfect bunt for a base hit, catching the Wildcat defense by surprise and loading the bases before Hannas single.
The Falcon victory moved their season record to
8-2 and league record to 4-1. South Whidbey is all alone at the top in the Cascade League.
April 10 is the first day of spring break for South Whidbey, allowing a hastily-scheduled double-header at noon against Cedarcrest.