Falcon fastpitch blasts Wildcats

South Whidbey’s fastpitch team recorded 12 hits in an 8-5 victory over Archbishop Murphy on Wednesday.

The Falcons took a 7-3 lead after the first inning and had strong hitting throughout the Cascade Conference game.

“The kids needed that,” said Falcon head coach Tim Collins. “It’s still gonna be a long year. It’s going to be measured in increments.”

“You can’t beat winning.”

Kacie Hanson, the Falcon freshman pitcher, recorded her first high school out-of-the-park home run. Falcon senior Chantel Brown was 2-4 with a bases-clearing triple and a double. Senior Haley Viers also had a double for the Falcons, who received a boost from freshman Leah Merrow, who knocked a double to the fence. Hitting this season has been a strong point for the Falcons (1-5 Cascade Conference, 2-5 overall), who have struggled despite getting batters on base.

South Whidbey’s offense struggled the past five games, averaging less than two runs per game of that stretch. Bringing Hanson into the fold as the team’s primary pitcher has taken some time, Collins acknowledged, but she has reduced the number of walks allowed.

“It’s a lot of undue pressure for a kid who’s not thrown as a pitcher,” Collins said.

South Whidbey faced its third team in five days on Friday, after The Record went to press. The Falcons hosted their rivals, the Coupeville Wolves, in the second game of a three-game series.


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