Clutch hits, defense lands South Whidbey first sweep over King’s | FALCON BASEBALL

South Whidbey baseball got its first series sweep of the season with a 2-1 win against King’s on Friday in Shoreline.

The Falcons got a pair of timely RBI hits to get the narrow lead, and the defense did the rest.

“It hopefully sets the tone going into the playoffs,” Falcon head coach Tom Fallon said.

South Whidbey scored its first run to take the lead in the second inning. Charlie Patterson, a junior, singled and stole second to get in scoring position. Sophomore Will Simms, who finished 2-for-3 with a RBI, hit a single that scored Patterson.

King’s tied the game with a run in the fourth.

South Whidbey regained the lead in the fifth. Simms led with a triple and was scored on a double by senior Campbell Albertsen.

“He’s a perfect nine hitter. You try to turn it over the top of the lineup,” Falcon head coach Tom Fallon said.

Patterson closed out the fifth inning as the Falcons’ pitcher. He struck out five batters and allowed one run.

Ricky Muzzy, a junior, took the mound in the sixth and got out of a jam in the seventh. With two runners on second and first base, Muzzy got the potential game-winning batter to ground out to the shortstop.

“That’s kind of what we do: runners on, oh well,” Fallon said.

After starting out the season with a four-game losing streak, South Whidbey is on the upswing. Since entering play against fellow 1A Cascade Conference teams in mid-April, South Whidbey has won seven of nine games, claiming the series victory over the three other 1A squads.

“The overall record isn’t stellar but it’s right around where I wanted to finish, right around .500,” Fallon said. “The more important thing is we are 7-2 against the 1A schools.”

South Whidbey takes on Overlake, the top team from District 2, in the bi-district tournament Saturday, May 9 in Bellingham. The Falcons play at 10 a.m. at Sehome High School, and play again at 2 p.m. at either Sehome HS if they lose or Joe Martin Field if they win.