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.