Muzzy hits South Whidbey baseball game winner over AMHS

Jake Sladky, South Whidbey
Jake Sladky, South Whidbey's senior center fielder, tracks a pop fly against Sultan on April 18.
— image credit: Ben Watanabe / The Record

South Whidbey’s baseball team did something that hasn’t happened in years — beat Archbishop Murphy.

The Falcons battled the Wildcats Monday to a 0-0 tie going into the bottom of the seventh inning behind stellar pitching by senior Colton Sterba, who threw a complete game allowing two hits and one walk while striking out six batters.

In the final frame, the Falcons got on the winning run when senior Jake Sladky reached first on balls. Trent Fallon bunted to move Sladky to second base. Sladky stole third base. With two outs and a full count, sophomore Ricky Muzzy hit a game-winning RBI single to the outfield. Then came the rush of Falcons who mobbed Muzzy after Sladky scored the winning run.

“Probably one of the best pitching performances I’ve seen in high school,” said Falcon head coach Tom Fallon, referring to Sterba. “You could tell he wanted it.”

With the win, South Whidbey extended its winning streak to five games after its first series sweep of Sultan with a doubleheader on April 18.

The Falcons won 6-0 and 18-8 against the Turks, who remained winless in the Cascade Conference. Brent Piehler, a junior, pitched through six innings allowing zero runs and only three hits. He struck out four batters to give his team a defensive edge before Muzzy closed out the game. At the plate, Falcon senior Nick Bennett hit 2-for-3 and Sterba went 2-for-4 with a RBI. Junior Mo Hamsa and Trent Fallon were 1-for-2 with a RBI.

The nightcap was a back-and-forth score fest until the sixth inning. South Whidbey started with four runs in the first inning to take a comfortable early lead. But Sultan answered with four runs in the third inning.

In the third inning, South Whidbey seemed to take its final leap with eight runs for a 12-4 lead. But the Turks bounced back with three runs in the fourth inning.

By the fifth inning, South Whidbey led 12-8. The Falcons padded their lead with four more runs in the fifth and a pair of scores in the sixth inning to take a 10-run lead, ending the game after the Turks hit in the sixth inning. Sterba hit 2-for-2 and scored three runs. Piehler batted 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Sladky hit 4-for-5 with a pair of runs.


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