The on the job training of the South Whidbey High School baseball team is starting to see positive results.
The Falcons won 8-6 Thursday, April 19, in Sultan for their second consecutive win.
The two Cascade Conference victories lift South Whidbey’s league record to 4-8 (5-9 overall).
The Falcons play two 4 p.m. non-league homes games before jumping back into Cascade Conference play. Port Townsend (1-7) visits on Friday, April 20, and Concrete (2-6) comes to Langley Monday, April 23.
South Whidbey features seven sophomores and three freshmen on its varsity roster, and the youngsters are “starting to mature” and “taking a good first step” in becoming a competitive team, according to coach Tom Fallon.
“It usually takes about half a season.”
The schedule is starting to tip the Falcons way, as well, Fallon said. South Whidbey played the conference’s top three team early in the season and is now facing clubs in the bottom half of the league standings.
South Whidbey 8, Sultan 6
While South Whidbey won, what will be remembered most about this game is an injury to the Sultan pitcher.
The arm injury was “catastrophic,” Fallon said, and delayed the game for nearly an hour.
The injury came in the fifth inning with South Whidbey leading 5-2. The Falcons added another run, but were shaken by the injury and lost focus, Fallon said, as the Turks (1-10, 2-12) rallied for three runs to get within one, 6-5.
Two runs in the seventh gave the Falcons some breathing room.
South Whidbey jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. The uprising was ignited by a hit-and-run single by Nick Young and featured a double by Dex Jokinen.
Drew Fry finished the game with two hits to lead the offense.