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Daumen's defensive pitching blanks Lyncs
Lucy Daumen let Lynden Christian's batters make trouble for themselves Wednesday afternoon.
Making her second start of the season on the mound for the South Whidbey varsity fastpitch team, Daumen, a senior, served up only two strikeouts, yet was still able shut the Lyncs out in a 14-0 Falcon home win.
In a game that was big on both defense and offense for the Falcons, Daumen's strike-zone pitching had the Lyncs hitting into easy catches and throwouts. During the 10-run-rule-shortened game, Daumen -- who has no earned runs as a starter this season -- allowed only three hits.
At bat, South Whidbey pounded the Lyncs from the start, opening with four runs in the first inning, three in the second, then finishing the contest with seven in the third. Senior Mary Murphy was the top South Whidbey hitter on the day, going 3-for-3 with a double, four RBI and scoring twice. The tally more than made up for her two fielding errors, which had no impact on the outcome.
Junior Browyn Russell also had a perfect eye for the ball in the game, also going 3-for-3 and scoring three times. Sophomore Christie Robinson, who has become an offensive force in the latter half of the season, was 3-for-4 on the day. She hit a double, chalked up two RBI and scored three times.
Also adding to the hit parade was Jenny Murphy, who added to the Falcons' list of extra base hits with a double in the third inning.
Now 14-0 overall, the Falcons have five games remaining in their schedule. They play Monday at home against Meridian and Wednesday at home against Mount Baker. They close their home season with a game against the second-best team in the North Cascades Conference -- Nooksack Valley -- on May 13.
At this point in the season, the Falcons have outscored opposing teams by a total of 123-6.