Falcons can't catch Tigers' tail

When the game got away from South Whidbey in the first three innings, there was almost no getting back. But somebody forgot to tell the hitting crew.

Down 6-2 in a rematch against Granite Falls Friday, the Falcons were trying to make up for 6-1 loss at home to the Tigers two days earlier. Away from their home field and home crowd, they almost did it, putting together four runs in the fifth and sixth innings before finally succumbing 8-6.

Early trouble on the mound translated into quick runs for the Tigers. Freshman pitcher Logan Hanna took some time to settle in for South Whidbey, giving up six runs between the first and third innings before largely shutting down the Tiger offense in the final four innings.

At bat, South Whidbey started its comeback in the second inning when senior Michael Berry walked, then scored on a timely Andrew Mathis double. The next inning brought nothing, but in the fourth, the Falcons scraped together a second run when Danny Mulcahy walked, moved to second and scored on a Levi Egerton single.

But it was the fifth inning that made a game of it. Though the hits were sparse for South Whidbey, the Falcon game was hot on the basepaths. Michael Lodell and Dane Guetlin both walked to open the inning, then while pulling a double steal, they took advantage of an overthrow and ran for home. Lodell came in from second, while Guetlin made it from first.

The play was enough to push the Tigers to pull their pitcher and bring in relief. The move didn't work at first, as senior Bryan Wenker nailed a single off the new hurler, then worked his way around to score the third run of the inning.

Notching the pressure up just a little higher was Andrew Hosmer. Leading off the sixth inning, he would go on to score on a Dane Guetlin sacrifice fly. But that would be it for South Whidbey in the scoring department, even though Conley White and Guetlin also had doubles on the day.

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