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Fastpitch Falcons roll to 9-0

After becoming experts at winning ball games in the rain and the cold over the past few weeks, the Falcon fastpitch team seemed to react to sunlight Thursday as though it were Kryptonite -- for two innings, anyway.

In the first three innings of a home game against Granite Falls, the South Whidbey girls finally found a team with fight. On a day warm enough to play in shorts, the Falcons hit and pitched in lockstep with the Tigers until they broke a 2-2 tie with a four-run fourth inning en route to an 8-2 victory and their ninth straight win of the season.

Now 9-0, the Falcons are the top team in the North Cascades Conference. Both Thursday's win and a 10-0 thrashing of Lynden Christian Tuesday only confirmed that, even though the second contest of the pair was about the best challenge the team has seen since the season opened on March 25.

After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first, the Falcons picked up a tying run in the bottom of the inning when freshman Carrie Anderson slid home after being RBI'd from third base. They scored again later in the inning to take the score to 2-1.

The Tigers came back with another run in their next turn at the plate, taking advantage of a South Whidbey fielding error along the first-base fence to get a base runner to third base. But after that player came home, Falcon pitcher Ashley Lopez shut the Tiger offense down.

The tie was short lived. Led by Anderson, who was 4-for-4 at the plate during the game, the Falcons broke things open in the fourth inning with four more runs. They also added one run each in the fifth and sixth innings.

The win was South Whidbey's second against Granite Falls. They beat them 10-0 two weeks ago in a road game.

On Tuesday, the Falcons took advantage of the 10-run mercy rule against Lynden Christian. On a wet field, pitcher Christie Robinson and catcher Carolann Lubach combined for a three-hit, complete game victory as the South Whidbey offense scored in six of seven innings. Robinson did the job with 10 strikeouts and with the help of an errorless defense.

Extra-base hits were the key to the scoring. Lopez went 3-for-4 with a double, hitting two RBIs and scoring once. Lubach was 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and one score of her own, while her pitching partner, Robinson, was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.

Up next for the team is a road game against Meridian Thursday and next Saturday's Blaine Tournament.

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