Wouldn't you know, Falcon girls are 4-0

South Whidbey junior Ashley Lopez connects in the fifth inning of Friday
South Whidbey junior Ashley Lopez connects in the fifth inning of Friday's 15-2 Falcon barrage of the visiting Sultan Turks.
— image credit: Matt Johnson

So far, there doesn't seem to be anyone who is going to get in the way of the fastpitch freight train from South Whidbey High School.

In three games over the past week, the Falcons held Nooksack Valley, Sultan and Mount Baker to a total of two runs as they piled up 28 to take the team's record to 4-0.

As the scores show, both pitching and offense were in top form through the win streak. Last Wednesday on Nooksack Valley's cold, wet, windy ball field, the South Whidbey girls blanked the Pioneers 6-0 in a game that took some time to heat up.

Up 1-0 in the third inning, the Falcons got a break when junior Julie Robinson slugged a leadoff home run. Next up, Carolann Lubach smacked a double and stole third base on a passed ball. A walk for junior Mary Murphy and a throwing error with junior Ashley Lopez on the run loaded the bases. All three would touch home plate by the end of the inning to break the game open.

The Falcons' offensive numbers were too much for the Pioneers. By game's end, Lubach had gone 4-for-4 with two doubles, two singles and two scores, while Robinson sisters Julie and Christie were a total of 3-for-7.

On the mound, the freshman Robinson, Christie, fanned eight hitters as she went the distance with just one hit and one walk marring her game.

Falcon Coach Todd Lubach said winning in lousy weather was still tough, even with the numbers on South Whidbey's side.

"It was miserable out there and they continued to make one great play after another against a very good team," he said.

Friday's win over Sultan was quick and easy, comparatively. The Falcons scored 11 in the first inning on their way to a 15-2 win. Pitchers Christie Robinson, Carolann Lubach and Lucy Daumen teamed up with catcher Jenny Murphy to hold the Turks to their low run total, while Ashley Lopez led the team in the hitting department, going 3-for-4, smacking in two RBIs and crossing the plate herself three times.

Monday's contest against Mount Baker brought some much-needed sun and a 7-0 win against one of the better teams in the North Cascades Conference.

In the first inning, Falcons Bronwyn Russell and Julie Robinson had base hits, then came home to score on a Lubach double. Mary Murphy and Val Mock nailed singles of their own to put one more run on the scoreboard. It was all the scoring the Falcons needed, but they still went on to tally 11 hits and score once each in the fourth and fifth innings.

Back on the mound, Christie Robinson had her finest day of the season so far. She went the distance with only one hit and 15 strikeouts with Lubach catching. At one point, she struck out nine in a row.

The Falcons now head into a road game with Blaine Wednesday and a home game against Lakewood Friday. Friday's game starts at 3:45 p.m. at South Whidbey High School.

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