Baseball playoff berth clinched from South Whidbey

South Whidbey baseball is headed to the postseason after bouncing back from a loss in the first of a three-game series against Sultan this week.

The Falcons won 5-3 on Wednesday and 2-0 Thursday to claim the series and punch their ticket to the 1A District 1 tournament.

On April 22 in Sultan, the Falcons were guided by sophomore pitcher Will Simms. He threw 74 pitches in a complete game, struck out three Turk batters and gave up three runs.

South Whidbey (5-9 Cascade Conference, 6-10 overall) relied on the swift base running of junior leadoff batter Ricky Muzzy. He scored four times and had a pair of walks. South Whidbey led from the first inning and never trailed, scoring in every odd inning.

Hoping to claim the series outright in Langley on April 23, the Falcons and Turks played to a stalemate through four innings.

South Whidbey broke open the score in the fifth after loading the bases with only one out. Falcon senior Brent Piehler knocked a single to score the first run, followed by a suicide squeeze from senior Trent Fallon on a bunt to first base.

Mo Hamsa, a Falcon senior, threw six scoreless innings with six strikeouts, five walks and two hits. After giving up a leadoff walk in the seventh inning, he was relieved by Muzzy — a common closer for South Whidbey this season.