Pioneers prove Falcons' poison pill

Completely outgunned by a Nooksack Valley High School pitcher who was having a near-perfect day, the South Whidbey Falcons couldn't get a bat to connect with a single baseball Wednesday and lost their second game in a row.

Against the Pioneers, who became the Falcons' most frustrating nemesis over two games this past week, the South Whidbey boys fell 9-1 for their second loss to that team this season.

Nooksack pitcher Brad VanDyken pretty much did the deed on his own, no-hitting the Falcons through seven innings as Pioneer batters tagged South Whidbey pitchers Ben Schultz and Brady Switzer for nine runs. The contest was over early, as the Pioneers scored three in the first inning, five in the second and one in the third. The second inning was the worst, especially for Schultz, who gave up back-to-back homeruns -- including a grand slam -- as the game went south.

The Falcons did manage one run in the third when VanDyken walked Sam Jeffers in the third inning. Jeffers scrambled to third base on two passed balls, then scored on a fielders-choice groundball out.

Now 8-3, the Falcons look to snap back into winning form today in a varsity-junior varsity double header against Coupeville. Play starts at noon at South Whidbey High School.

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