Fastpitch girls have 6-0 record

Using fast starts and daunting pitching, the Falcon fastpitch team continued to build the best record in the North Cascades Conference this week.

The South Whidbey girls defeated Lynden Christian 9-0 Monday and Blaine by the same score Wednesday to move to 3-0 in the conference and 6-0 overall.

Wednesday's home game against the Borderites was typical of what the Falcons are doing against NCC competition this season. After sophomore pitcher Christie Robinson quickly closed down the side in the top of the first inning, the Falcons got aggressive on defense to jump out to a quick 2-0 lead. After junior Bronwyn Russell earned a walk to first base, a Carolann Lubach double and a heads-up third-strike base taking by Ashley Lopez on a catcher's error brought the first two runs across the plate.

At that point the Falcons could have passed on any more appearances at bat. On the mound, Robinson threw 15 strikeouts in five innings against 17 batters and allowed only one hit. In two innings of relief, Lucy Daumen allowed only one hit.

For the game, Lubach was 3-for-4 with two doubles. She had one RBI and scored twice.

Against the Lyncs Monday, the Falcons shut the opposition down similarly. Senior pitcher Ashley Lopez improved her record to 3-0 with a two-hit, four strikeout performance over five innings. Relieving her was Daumen, who threw four strikeouts and allowed no hits in the last two innings.

On offense, Shannon Brown was 3-for-4 with a triple and four RBIs. Lopez was 2-for-3 with a triple, and registered an RBI and scored twice. Mary Murphy was 3-for-4 and scored three times. Bronwyn Russell also hit a triple in the game.

So far this season, the Falcons have scored 45 runs and given up two, and have out hit all opponents 54-13.

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