Falcons strong as their pitching

Senior Andrew Matthis shows the umpire that he got the putout against a Burlington-Edison player at second base in Saturday
Senior Andrew Matthis shows the umpire that he got the putout against a Burlington-Edison player at second base in Saturday's game.
— image credit: Matt Johnson

You can't win them all, but with a few more seasoned pitchers, the Falcon boys look like they could come close this baseball season.

After getting strong performances from two rookie varsity pitchers in a game against Burlington-Edison they eventually wound up losing 10-5 Saturday, the Falcons snapped back Monday with a 10-0 win behind the near-flawless pitching of senior Bryan Wenker to go to 3-2 for the season.

Still rebuilding its pitching staff after losing three starters to graduation after last season, the Falcons are still a little short at the mound for the weeks they play three or more games. Dave Guetlin, the team's coach, said Saturday's game against a 3A opponent was a hard test for sophomore hurlers Andrew Hosmer and Michael Osburn, both of whom were playing in their first varsity game. Though both gave up five runs, they showed their coach that they will be an important part of the staff.

"These are two kids who hadn't pitched a varsity game," Guetlin said. "To hold (Burlington) in check for four innings is great."

The performance allowed the South Whidbey offense to stay close. After Michael Lodell finessed his way home on two steals and a wild pitch for the Falcons' first run in the third inning, sophomore Dane Guetlin gave his team its only lead of the day when his fourth-inning base hit sent two runners home.

On Monday, South Whidbey had considerably more offense to use against the Sultan Turks. Senior Josh Coleman led the team in the hitting department, smacking a double and scoring two runs. Dane Guetlin also gave the offense power, nailing a two RBI single in the second inning, scoring twice and picking up two stolen bases on the day. Wenker ended the game in the fifth inning with a double that scored Josh Coleman from first base. The game was called on the 10-run rule.

On the mound, Wenker gave up only one hit to the 17 batters he faced.

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