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Errors, lack of offense hamper Falcons in second baseball loss to Coupeville
A three-run fifth inning helped Coupeville break open a pitching duel and defeat the South Whidbey High School baseball team 6-1 in Coupeville on Thursday, March 20.
The win gives Coupeville a 2-0 edge in the three-game series between the teams which will help determine seeding into the district tournament.
The series finished yesterday; results were not available at press time.
The Falcons (0-2, 1-2) face Lakewood (0-1) in a three-game set next week, traveling Monday and Friday and hosting the Cougars at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 26.
The first half of Thursday’s game was dominated by pitchers Brent Piehler of South Whidbey and Coupeville’s Aaron Curtin.
Piehler threw well but was hurt by poor support. In Monday’s 8-4 loss to Coupeville, the Falcons were haunted by errors; mistakes, again, stung South Whidbey on Thursday.
In the first inning, a Coupeville runner reached first on a passed ball on strike three and eventually scored.
The Falcons tied the game in the fourth when Nick Bennett walked, stole second and scored on Trent Fallon’s base hit.
The Wolves took a 2-1 lead on an error in the bottom half of the inning.
Coupeville finally picked up an earned run in the fifth when it scored three runs on three hits.
The Falcons, however, couldn’t counter against Curtin; reliever C.J. Smith, who pitched the seventh; and the Coupeville defense. Curtin threw a five-hitter over six innings and struck out six.
The Wolves turned double plays in the first and sixth and center fielder Wade Schaef made a diving catch in the fifth to thwart Falcon rallies.
Colton Serba rapped two hits to pace the Falcon offense.