It was a special day in more ways than one for the South Whidbey High School baseball team Friday, April 27.
First, the Falcons ripped King’s 14-0 in five innings to lock up the No. 2 1A seed for the district tournament.
Second, sophomore Ethan Petty fired a no-hitter for South Whidbey.
Third, Petty’s senior brother Kade made a nice catch in left field for the final out to secure Ethan’s no-hitter and to wrap on the win on Senior Day.
King’s (6-9, 7-12) and South Whidbey (6-9, 9-10) split the first two games of their three-game series, and the two teams went into Friday’s contest knowing the winner would get the second 1A seed into the district tournament behind league leader Cedar Park Christian-Bothell (13-2, 14-4).
“The kids were geared up for the game, really focused,” South Whidbey coach Tom Fallon said.
That was evident as the Falcons jumped all over the Knights early, scoring five runs in each of the first two innings.
While the South Whidbey offense was piling up runs, Ethan Petty silenced the King’s bats.
Petty struck out six and walked two during his no-hitter.
“He has really been a workhorse for us this season,” Fallon said of Petty. “Every time he goes out there, he gets us into the fifth or sixth inning, depending on the pitch limit.”
Fallon noted the Petty helped his club win a critical game Wednesday and then came back and blanked King’s Friday.
South Whidbey plays Granite Falls in a home non-league game at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, to finish up the regular season.
The Falcons begin the bi-district tournament Saturday, May 5, in Bellingham.
South Whidbey will face the Emerald City League second-place team (either Overlake or University Prep) at noon at Sehome High School. The Falcons are opposite the King’s and Meridian game in the bracket, and the winners meet at 4 p.m. Saturday at Joe Martin Stadium. The losers play at 4 Saturday at Sehome.
The eight-team, double-elimination tournament finishes May 12; the top three teams qualify for the state tournament.
South Whidbey 14, King’s 0
A hit by Alex Black and five walks helped the Falcons score five times in the first inning. Hits by Nick Young and Brent Batchelor and a sacrifice fly by Luke Rookstool ignited the five-run second.
In the third, the Falcons tacked on four more runs behind hits from Batchelor, Rookstool and Taylor Brown.
Brown is the only senior starter, and the early lead enabled Fallon to get his other 12th-graders — Kade Petty, Hunter Bova and Cameron Middlebrook — in the game on Senior Day.
Fallon said his young team is “maturing,” and that the club “is coming together as I envisioned they would.”