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Tough Baker still no object for Falcons

After a Christie Robinson strikeout early in the game, junior Bronwyn Russell takes a moment to celebrate. - Matt Johnson
After a Christie Robinson strikeout early in the game, junior Bronwyn Russell takes a moment to celebrate.
— image credit: Matt Johnson

In a game that was tighter than anyone expected, the South Whidbey fastpitch girls just nipped an unexpectedly tough Mount Baker team Wednesday.

With sophomore Christie Robinson on the mound throwing hitless, scoreless ball, the Falcons did not have much to worry about defensively. But on offense, the girls -- who were playing at home -- were having a more difficult time than usual coming up with runs against a North Cascades Conference opponent.

A batch of hits in the third inning brought the team through, as they earned the 3-0 win over the Mountianeers. Having outscored opponents 143-7 so far this season, the score was a bit out of the ordinary, but the game was nonetheless extraordinary in its details.

On her way to the no-hitter, Robinson hurled eight strikeouts and gave up just two walks as her catcher, sophomore Carolann Lubach, handled all the heat Robinson threw her way.

At the plate, the third inning was the game for South Whidbey. Senior Shannon Brown led the inning off with a right field single, then moved ahead on a Val Mock double to deep center that almost seemed long enough to go over the fence.

Doing cleanup duty was Jenny Murphy, who cleared the bases with a double to deep left field. Two batters later, junior Brownyn Russell smacked an infield single to move Murphy ahead. Murphy then came home on an errant throwdown attempt to third by the Mountaineers' catcher.

Now 13-0 on the season, the Falcons have just two games remaining the regular season. They play their last regular season home game Tuesday against Nooksack.

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