Matt Simms photo — South Whidbey senior Matt Simms scored the winning run in the Falcons’ 4-3 victory over Sultan in the Bi-District 1/2 tournament on May 8.

Narrow win keeps Falcon baseball alive in postseason

South Whidbey baseball’s hopes of reaching the class 1A state championships are still alive.

The Falcons, who finished second in the state in 2015, beat Sultan 4-3 in the loser-out round of the Bi-District 1 and 2 tournament on May 8 and play Lynden Christian in another loser-out game at noon on May 13. South Whidbey lost to Overlake 5-0 in the opening round of the tournament.

South Whidbey (12-9 overall, 8-7 in the Cascade Conference) was tied 3-3 with Sultan entering the seventh inning. Senior pitcher Will Simms shut the Turks’ offense down from the mound, then started the Falcon attack with a leadoff walk. He later scored the winning run when Sultan’s pitcher attempted to catch freshman Alex Black in a steal from first to second. Black dodged the second baseman’s tag attempt, allowing Simms to reach home.

If the Falcons beat Lynden Christian (12-10 overall, 5-8 in the Northwest Conference), they’ll play for third and fourth place. The top three teams in the bi-district will advance to the class 1A state baseball championships on May 26-27 at County Stadium in Yakima.

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