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Falcons fastpitch recovers from rout, beats rivals

Kacie Hanson, a freshman pitcher on the South Whidbey softball team, loses the ball after Archbishop Murphy senior McKenzie Hagen knocks it out of her glove while running to home plate on a passed ball April 22.  - Ben Watanabe / The Record
Kacie Hanson, a freshman pitcher on the South Whidbey softball team, loses the ball after Archbishop Murphy senior McKenzie Hagen knocks it out of her glove while running to home plate on a passed ball April 22.
— image credit: Ben Watanabe / The Record

Some times, it just isn’t your day.

Such was the case for the South Whidbey fastpitch team against Archbishop Murphy on Tuesday, April 22 when the Falcon girls were 10-runned in a 17-1 loss that ended after five innings because of a mercy rule.

Other times, things do break way like the 5-4 thriller Thursday that saw South Whidbey keep Coupeville from tying with go-ahead runs and the bases loaded.

South Whidbey looked to give the perennial power a run for its money after trailing only 2-1 through the first two innings in the Archbishop Murphy game. Then the Wildcats lit up the Falcons with walks, hits and a few fielding errors to take a 9-1 lead.

After holding the Falcons in the third, the Wildcats were patient at the plate and put the ball in play. The result was eight more runs which they held onto for the win.

On Thursday, the Falcons turned a page in the story of their season with a 5-4 win over their rivals, the Coupeville Wolves. South Whidbey led from the first inning on and never lost it, though it came close in the final frame.

The Wolves loaded the bases with a single by senior Bree Messner and junior Hailey Hammer. A soft, low line drive dropped behind third base at the edge of the infield to load the bases. A fielder’s choice to first base scored the third run for Coupeville and allowed the batter to reach first.

Falcon pitcher Kacie Hanson, a freshman, threw for the second out. Another walk brought in another run and kept the bases loaded. A line drive to Falcon second baseman Sarah Merrow hit her mitt and popped out, but she ran to second base for the final force out to preserve the victory.

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