After losing 4-2 to University Prep, the South Whidbey High School baseball team bounced back to defeat King’s 11-8 to stay alive in the district tournament Saturday, May 5, at Bellingham’s Sehome High School.
The Falcons (10-12) play Lynden Christian (13-9) at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Sehome in a loser-out match.
If South Whidbey wins, it will meet the winner of Meridian/Nooksack Valley at 2:30 p.m. Saturday for third place and the final berth into the state tournament.
University Prep 4, South Whidbey 2
Trailing 1-0, U-Prep scored all of its runs over the final three innings to pull out the opening-round win. The Pumas went on to defeat Meridian 6-4 and will face Cedar Park Christian-Bothell for the district title Saturday.
A walk to Ethan Petty and a single by Taylor Brown helped the Falcons score in the third inning.
University Prep tied the game in the fifth on an error and scored twice in the sixth to take the lead. It added its final run in the top of the seventh.
Singles by Dax Jokinen and Brown and walks to Kody Newman and Petty led to a run in the bottom of the sixth for the Falcons, who left the bases loaded in the inning.
South Whidbey 11, King’s 8
The Knights took an early lead with three runs in the first inning and another in the second, but the Falcons plated eight in the second to take the lead for good.
South Whidbey went up 11-4 before King’s rallied for four runs in the sixth.
Brent Batchelor rapped three base hits to lead the Falcon offense; Drew Fry singled twice.
Brown, Newman, Jokinen and Cameron Middlebrook all added base hits.