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Falcons fly high with win over Lakewood
Falcon baseball coach Dave Guetlin called it “the best game of the season” as South Whidbey beat the Lakewood Cougars 1-0 on their field.
The Falcons are now 4-5 in Cascade Conference action, 4-6 overall.
“The story of the game was Luke Hodson on the mound,” Guetlin said.
Hodson scattered six hits on the day against the potent Cougar line-up.
“By only walking one and striking out one, Hodson delivered groundball and fly ball one after another in a masterful performance,” Guetlin noted.
Hodson had defensive help. Lucas Yale, playing in left field, nailed a runner caught between second and third who wandered off-base a little too far. The other play of the game was Jon Adams in right field firing an absolute bullet to third base to prevent a Cougar runner trying to move forward on a base hit.
Lakewood’s Jordan Stauffer threw a master game himself, allowing only three Falcon hits.
The difference in the game came when Stauffer made a one-pitch mistake to Nick Tenuta in the fourth inning.
Tenuta launched the ball over the center-field fence for the game winning hit, his third home run of the year.
Yale led off the game with a double down the left-field line for the only other extra-base hit of the game.
Yale was sacrificed to third by Robert Kirby, but the Falcons couldn’t come up with the clutch hit to bring him home.
“Sophomore catcher David Woodbury called an outstanding game behind the plate and really complemented the effort of Hodson on the mound,” Guetlin said.