South Whidbey baseball’s three seniors combined for five hits in a 4-3 victory over Granite Falls.
Seniors Aaron Curfman and Cody Huffman went 2-for-3 at the plate at the top of the Falcons’ order, and Jack Lewis hit 1-for-3. They also batted as the first, second and third hitters, respectively, for South Whidbey.
“That’s the smallest amount of seniors I’ve seen since I’ve been involved,” said Falcon head coach Tom Fallon.
In the Falcons’ final home game of the regular season, South Whidbey pulled through for its most experienced sluggers. But it wasn’t easy.
Granite Falls led from the first inning with a 2-0 edge. Rallies have come all season for the Falcons, and they mustered another in the sixth.
South Whidbey scored all four of its runs in six at-bats. Lewis started with a single, followed by Colton Sterba’s single. Ricky Muzzy knocked in Lewis with a double. CJ Sutfin, who pitched the complete game, brought home Sterba and Muzzy with a double to the outfield fence. The final run for South Whidbey came on an infield sacrifice by Trent Fallon for the go-ahead run.
South Whidbey fought off a seventh-inning rally by Granite Falls for the senior night victory. With two outs and runners on first and second base, Sutfin waved off his coach to stay in the game and secured the final out on a pop fly to third base. The win gave the Falcons a 7-10 Cascade Conference record, their best in several years.
“It’s been a good turnaround,” Coach Fallon said.
The Falcons face the Mount Baker Mountaineers at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the 1A District 1 playoffs.