South Whidbey baseball took the series opener 3-1 against King’s on Monday in Shoreline.
Playing on the new turf at Shorewood High School, South Whidbey took a 3-0 lead going into the final inning when King’s scored a run off a deep pop fly into the outfield that got lost in the sun for the Knights’ only run.
Other than the “sun ball” blemish, Falcon head coach Tom Fallon said his team played brilliant baseball.
“It was a real tight, nail-biter game,” he said.
“It felt like I was stealing a win,” he added.
Falcon sophomore Will Simms threw a complete game and got several Knight batters to ground out, including a pair of double plays.
South Whidbey junior Charlie Patterson scored in the fifth inning on Simms’ fly ball to right field that glanced off the fielder’s glove. The Falcons added a pair of runs off aggressive base running in the sixth. Connor Antich, a sophomore, reached base on a single. After stealing second and taking third on a passed ball, Piehler was walked. Piehler stole second and Antich scored on a passed ball.
South Whidbey hosts King’s for its final Cascade Conference home game this season and a ceremony to honor the teams five seniors will begin before the game around 3:45 p.m.
The Falcons have another home game scheduled in a non-league competition against Lynden on Tuesday, May 5.