Although hoping to gain a number one seed and homefield advantage in the state tournament, South Whidbey’s baseball team lost the 1A tri-district title to Cedar Park Christian 5-2.
Already with a secured berth in the state 1A baseball tournament after winning the District 1 championship, South Whidbey went into the District 1/2/3 tournament playing for a top seed. Cedar Park Christian, the top-seeded team from District 2, took the lead in the first inning and never lost it.
“You get behind even one run in this atmosphere, it’s hard to climb out of it,” Falcon head coach Tom Fallon said.
By the sixth inning when the Falcons scored a run, the Eagles led 3-1. Fallon said his players hit the ball well, tallying six hits against the Eagles’ five, but the Eagles made defensive plays to strand South Whidbey’s runners. Falcon sophomore Ricky Muzzy went 2-for-3 with a score, senior Jake Sladky was 1-for-2, and Piehler was 1-for-2 with a RBI.
“It was not our day,” Fallon said. “That’s the only way I can equate it. No matter what we tried, it didn’t work.”
Falcon junior Charlie Patterson pitched through the sixth inning, giving up three runs while striking out 11 batters. Fallon said all five scores were base runners who reached on walks or scored on errors.
In the seventh inning, Brent Piehler relieved Patterson but gave up two more runs to put the game out of reach for the Falcons.
Had South Whidbey won the tri-district title, the Falcons would have played in Anacortes, a short drive north of Whidbey Island for their faithful fans.
South Whidbey had the week off until it travels to Castle Rock in the Vancouver area to play Tenino on Saturday, May 24.
“We had opportunities, we just couldn’t get back to even,” said Fallon, of the loss to Cedar Park Christian.