A 3-0 win over visiting Granite Falls Friday, May 4, helped the South Whidbey High School softball team move into a tie with the Tigers for third place in the Cascade Conference standings.
The two teams now have identical league (6-7) and overall (9-9) records. The Falcons won the season series with Granite Falls, beating the Tigers 2-0 April 3 and falling 8-2 April 19.
The win also broke the Falcons’ five-game losing streak.
South Whidbey will close out the regular season with two 4 p.m. home games, hosting Cedar Park Christian-Bothell (3-9, 5-11) Monday, May 7, and Cedarcrest (13-0, 16-2) Thursday, May 10.
South Whidbey 3, Granite Falls 0
The game developed into a pitching battle between two hurlers with different styles.
South Whidbey’s Mackenzee Collins mowed down the Tigers with a five-hitter, striking out 10 and walking none.
The Tigers’ Joslyn Harding had only one strikeout in the game but limited the Falcons to only four hits and kept South Whidbey off the board until the sixth inning.
South Whidbey bunched all its offense in the sixth. Ari Marshall started the rally by being hit by a pitch and Collins walked. Melody Wilkie followed with a single that scored Marshall. After an out, Bekah Merrow singled in Collins and Wilkie.
Wilkie singled in the fourth inning and Myah Majestic in the fifth for the Falcons’ only other hits.