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2-0, baseball starts fast
Before afternoon rain showers could bring an end to it, the Falcon baseball team put away its second win of the season early, taking advantage of the 10-run rule on the way to a six-inning victory over Bellevue Christian Thursday.
In a rematch after winning 8-0 on Bellevue Christians home field a week ago, the Falcons hammered 10 hits and brought in 13 runs by the sixth inning to gap the visitors by 10 runs in front of a home-opener crowd.
With four hitters with at least two hits apiece on the day, the Falcons never lacked for offensive production. They took advantage of vulnerable Bellevue Christian pitching, and scored in every inning but the first.
South Whidbey jumped far out in front almost right away, exploiting an accidental beanball against senior Dane Guetlin and a Michael Lodell stolen base. Both boys, as well as Stefan Kolbo came home on base hits in the inning, putting the Falcons up 3-0.
The third inning was the back breaker in the game, as the Falcons hammered in five runs on five hits. The key hits in the inning were an RBI double by Lodell and a two RBI single by sophomore Joey Smith.
After scoring one more in the fourth, the Falcons scored four more between the fifth and sixth innings. The big fireworks came in the fifth, when Dane Guetlin hit the first home run of the season to score himself and sophomore Lakota Holder on an RBI.
For the game, Falcon hitters put up solid numbers. Sophomore Danny Parra was 2-for-5 with a double, Lakota Holder was 2-of-4 with a double, Michael Lodell was 2-for-4 with a double and three runs scored, and Jason Mannie was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
The game was the second in a row in which Parra recorded two hits.
From the pitchers mound, starter Logan Hanna kept Bellevue Christians hitters under wraps through the fifth inning, allowing five hits, a walk and no earned runs. Lakota Holder was tapped for reliever duty in the sixth and went on to leave Bellevue Christian with nothing to hit.
In the field, South Whidbey also had the advantage, limiting errors to just three as Bellevue Christian bobbled their way to six expensive miscues.
Now 2-0, the Falcons have reversed their 0-2 start in 2004. Nonetheless, the Falcons set a school record for number of total wins last season.
The Falcons travel to Sequim to play today, before opening Cascade Conference play Monday against Lakewood at Lakewood. The Falcons play Lakewood at home Wednesday.
South Whidbey finished just behind Lakewood in the North Cascades Conference standings in 2004. Lakewood was the state runner up last year, after losing to Port Townsend in the 2004 state 2A baseball tournament championship game.