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SW loses in division

The South Whidbey All Stars saw their state tournament hopes disappear last weekend at the hands of Burlington-Edison’s All Star team.

The 12-year-old boys from South Whidbey lost the opening contest of Division 11 championship game Saturday at South Whidbey Community Park 7-1.

Tom Fallon, the All Stars coach, said the South Whidbey players struggled to make contact with a particularly effective pitch tossed by Burlington-Edison’s pitcher Saturday.

“It was the most devastating overhang curveball from a 12-year-old I’ve ever seen,” he said.

Burlington-Edison then clinched the division win Sunday when they beat the South Whidbey All Stars 6-1.

The South Whidbey players made contact with the ball, Fallon said, but the Burlington-Edison players were able to make all their defensive plays.

“I tip my hat to the other team, they were really solid,” Fallon said.

Still, the All Stars showed character by never giving up, he said. They held the Burlington-Edison team – which averaged at least 10 runs a game – to single-digit scores twice, he said.

The South Whidbey squad trailed 7-0 and 6-0 going into the respective final inning of last weekend’s games. Rather than conceding the shut out, however, they scored one run in the last inning of each game, Fallon said.

That competitiveness came in handy during the games they won earlier in the week.

“For a few games, it was really exciting,” Fallon said. That included the last inning of the June 9 game where David Woodbury’s grand slam capped an eight-run comeback victory against the North Whidbey All-Stars.

When reflecting on the five week all-star season, Fallon said he’s most pleased with the team’s improvements in batting.

He thanked the parents, fans and assistant coaches Joe Kirby and Dave Ross for their support.

The South Whidbey All Stars were: Riley Newman, T.J. Fallon, David Woodbury, Robert Kirby, Ben Ross, Devon Grigsby, Collin Sulgrove, Michael Agate, Miles Goodman, Zeke Spaulding and Jacob Olmstead.

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