Fastpitch pops Sedro in 1-0 game

A journey to the softball field at Sedro-Woolley High School is never something South Whidbey’s Falcon fastpitch team takes lightly.

The only team to beat the Falcons in a regular season game during the past two seasons, the 2003 3A state semifinalists were loaded and ready when the South Whidbey bus pulled up for a game Monday afternoon.

But coming off a 15-0 win over Lynnwood the previous Thursday, the Falcons were ready too. Behind junior Christie Robinson’s near-perfect pitching and with a team effort to bring a runner home in the top of the seventh, the South Whidbey girls confounded the Cubs once more, winning 1-0.

After beating the Cubs 2-1 in a South Whidbey home opener last March, the Falcons had a challenge before them in this matchup. And through the first six innings, both the Cubs and the Falcons kept the result in doubt as neither team was able to score.

But in the seventh, the Falcons put together all the offense they would need to come out on top. Leading off in the top of the inning, junior Carrie Anderson tallied her second base hit of the day and one of just three the Falcons would earn for the game. Then on a sacrifice by Becky Gabelein, Anderson moved to second and into scoring range. The final hit of the day, a shot to the gap by senior Bronwyn Russell, brought her home.

The Cubs would only threaten once, in the bottom of the seventh. After Christie Robinson made it through the first five innings with a perfect game, the Cubs hitters made some inroads in their last chances at bat. The first two batters up in the inning singled, them moved ahead to second and third bases on a sacrifice bunt.

The next batter up lined a shot directly to Gabelein, who made the tag for the out and prevented the two Sedro-Woolley batters from advancing. Then Robinson finished the Falcons’ work to get out of the jam by striking out the last batter in the game. She fanned 11 total batters in the contest.

The Falcons are now 2-0 overall.

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