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Rain can't dampen Falcons
On a drizzly day hardly fit for fastpitch softball, the South Whidbey varsity girls donned their sweatpants and sweatshirts and went out on the field Wednesday to do what they could to end things early.
And the end did come early against a soggy Sultan squad, but not due to the rain.
Two big innings of offense were all the Falcons needed to end the game as they piled up 12 runs in four innings of offense to end the contest on the 10-run rule.
Taking the first two innings to get warmed up against the Turks, South Whidbey took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the third thanks to three innings of perfect pitching by starter Ashley Lopez. That's when they started to pull the Turk's pitching and defense apart.
Loading the bases on two base hits and a walk, the Falcons threatened to blow the game open. Senior Mary Murphy turned that threat into reality when she stepped to the plate. Coming off a three-home run outing against Nooksack Valley Monday, Murphy hammered the ball on her third swing, dropping it just inside the left-field foul line at the fence for a base-clearing double and three RBIs. She could come home herself later in the inning to take the score to 6-0.
In the fourth inning, the Falcons put the game away with a five-hit, six-run assault that put them up 12-0. After that, it was up to senior Lucy Daumen who, in a rare appearance on the pitchers mound knocked the rust off quickly before hurling two scoreless innings. She gave up only one hit.
On the day, junior Bronwyn Russell was the second-most productive hitter for the team, going 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored.
The Falcons are now 8-0 in North Cascades Conference play and 12-0 overall.