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Offense, oh my!
Two games, 30 hits, 21 runs. That's what the Falcon baseball team produced this week.
Looking at these statistics alone, it should be clear to anyone that this is part of a recipe for winning. But, add in a few other ingredients -- like freshman and sophomore pitchers who got their first varsity wins and a six-hit week for senior Josh Coleman -- and what South Whidbey had was a big batch of blowout.
Tallying two of their finest offensive days in several seasons, the Falcons shelled the Sultan Turks 11-1 on the road Wednesday, then came home Thursday to take Port Townsend 10-6.
Behind the pitching of Dustin Sidhu, who won his first varsity start by yielding only one run in five innings of work Thursday, the Falcons were almost a one-inning wonder in the offense department. Facing a shaky Port Townsend pitching staff, South Whidbey loaded the bases twice in the third inning, amassing six runs on four Port Townsend errors, base stealing, a Coleman double and key hits from Dane Guetlin, Conley White and Michael McNany.
Coleman wound up going 3-for-3 on the day with a single, double and his first home run of the season. He also picked up three RBI's. Guetlin was 2 for 4 in the game, as was McNany.
The big inning boosted the Falcons to an 8-1 lead, more than enough to hang on for the win, even though Port Townsend tallied five runs against reliever Coleman in the sixth and seventh innings.
On Wednesday, the Falcons were even more dominant on offense. Spreading 21 hits across all seven innings, South Whidbey batters took advantage of the Turks in what Falcon coach Dave Guetlin called "the best offensive day we've had in three years." Five doubles among those hits -- two of which came off senior Bryan Wenker's bat -- sparked three big scoring innings for the team.
In all, five Falcon players had at least three hits each; Wenker, Coleman, Guetlin, Danny Mulcahy and Erik Flister. Only two Falcons struck out all day.
On the mound, freshman Logan Hanna made his first varsity start a good one, scattering five hits and allowing no walks. Over six innings, he threw only 58 pitches.
The Falcons, now 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the North Cascades Conference, next play at home Wednesday against Granite Falls. That game begins at 4:30 p.m. at South Whidbey High School.