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After one loss, South Whidbey baseball team waits out weather

Having had three of its first four games of the season rained out during the past week-and-a-half, the Falcon baseball team is still waiting for a chance to come back from an opening-day loss last Wednesday.

In their road and season opener, the Falcons dropped a 12-2 contest to Port Townsend, even though a promising start seemed to indicate a better result. Senior Brady Switzer, who led the team in longball hitting last year, led off the game with a towering, solo home run, which Falcon Coach Dave Guetlin said "landed in downtown Port Townsend." But aside from that big offensive play, the Falcons didn't bring a lot to the field.

Guetlin said first-game jitters and too many errors cost the Falcons. On the mound, four different pitchers were unable to stop an onslaught of Port Townsend hitting. The third innning was particularly tough, when Switzer and Jake McCormack both spelled starter Ben Schultz with only limited success.

Offensively, Switzer led all Falcon hitters, going 2 for 3. On defense, Erik Flister came up with a gem of a play late in the game when he made a long throw from left field to nail a Port Townsend runner at the plate.

The game ended in the fifth inning when Port Townsend gained a 10-run advantage. The score differential triggered the game's mercy rule and sent both teams to the locker room.

Guetlin said the toughest part of the season to this point is the rainouts. He said this spring is unusual.

"I've never spent so much time inside," he said.

The Falcons are scheduled to start league play today against Granite Falls at South Whidbey High School. The first pitch flies at 3:30 p.m.

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