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Cobb's grand afternoon
Even though the sound made by an aluminum bat hitting a baseball better resembles a ping, this is the sound South Whidbey baseball fans thought they heard in the first inning of a Saturday afternoon game against Coupeville. With three runners on base and a fastball pitcher on the mound, junior Brandon Cobb took advantage of the Wolves by smashing a big fat one over the outfield fence for the Falcons' first grand slam of the year.
"It was a rocket," said South Whidbey Coach Dave Guetlin.
The shot, which ignited a 7-run inning and a 12-6 win over the Wolves, helped the now 9-5 team forget two losses earlier in the week to Nooksack Valley and continue the winning ways that have made the 2002 Falcons a winning concern.
Saturday was perfect for baseball. In addition to Cobb's big hit, his 2-for-4 performance at the plate and five RBIs, the Falcons managed five more runs in the later innings and won behind some of the better relief pitching this year. South Whidbey hurlers Josh Coleman and Cobb gave up three runs each before ace starter Ben Schultz pitched the Falcons out of the sixth and seventh innings without giving up a hit.
But Cobb and Coleman clearly made up for it. Going 3-for-3 at bat, Coleman was almost as successful on offense as his grand-slamming teammate. Freshman Dane Guetlin also had a good day, going 2-for-3.
Next up for the team is a crucial series against Blaine, the only teams the Falcons have not yet faced this year. Wins against the Borderites, plus one or two more in the season's final series against Lynden Christian, could send the boys to the playoffs as one of the top teams in the North Cascades Conference.