Evan Thompson / The Record — South Whidbey senior Taylor “Crash” Brown is the only returning starter on a Falcon baseball squad that lost seven seniors to graduation in 2017.

Evan Thompson / The Record — South Whidbey senior Taylor “Crash” Brown is the only returning starter on a Falcon baseball squad that lost seven seniors to graduation in 2017.

Sluggers to rely on experience from last season | SPRING SPORTS PREVIEW

South Whidbey senior Taylor “Crash” Brown has seen ups and downs in his Falcon baseball career.

He was on the 2015 squad that finished second in the state. Their hopes of returning to state were gutted the past two years in the bi-district tournament.

Now the center fielder is the only returning starter on a Falcon team that lost seven seniors to graduation last year.

This fact causes little concern for Brown. He’s confident that his teammates’ knowledge and past experience with the sport more than make up for their relative inexperience with varsity play.

The majority are sophomores who saw intermittent varsity action throughout the 2017 campaign. The rest are either newcomers to the Falcon program with past experience in the sport or newbies.

“Most of them have baseball history,” Brown said. “It doesn’t concern me. It’s just about getting them caught up on the speed of play. They’re like a team that wants to learn, they’re ready to learn. They’re young, but they’ll have a good team in a couple years, too. But, we’ll have a great team this year.”

The Falcons finished 12-10 overall in 2017, but were eliminated from the 1A bi-district tournament after going 1-2.

Though their postseason ended short of state, a half dozen underclassmen received more than enough experience to know what it will take to find success this year.

One of them was sophomore Alex Black.

“As a freshmen class, I think we really stepped up playing with guys with like full blown beards,” Black said. “I think we did a good job for having very little experience with varsity baseball.”

Black said his fellow sophomores learned how to react in certain situations, picked up skills and what kind of mindset to have coming into games.

Head coach Tom Fallon thought the experience the younger players got last year was “huge.”

“Knowing we we’re going to be young this year, I tried to get as many of those guys varsity experience as I could,” Fallon said. “That’s going to help us this year. But, none of those guys really played a full season either. That is what it is. They’ve got the experience. We’re just going to have to build on that.”

Fallon said the key to success this season will be perfecting the fundamentals of the sport and playing as a team.

More in Sports

South Whidbey boys take 1st, girls 2nd in 4-team meet / Track

Powered by six first-place finishes, the South Whidbey High School boys track… Continue reading

Falcons trip Turks / Girls golf

The South Whidbey High School girls golf team cruised to a 67-29… Continue reading

Granite Falls buries Falcons early / Softball

The game was all but over after one inning as the visiting… Continue reading

Falcons participate in Everett Invitational / Boys golf

In a field of large schools, the South Whidbey High School boys… Continue reading

Falcons continue string of shutouts / Baseball

It was another game and another shutout for the South Whidbey High… Continue reading

Wildcats slip by Falcons / Tennis

A strong performance in singles play helped Oak Harbor edge the visiting… Continue reading

Falcons claim 5th in par-3 tournament / Boys golf

The South Whidbey High School boys golf team shot a 286, good… Continue reading

South Whidbey finishes 12th at Shootout / Girls golf

The South Whidbey High School girls golf team began the 2019 season… Continue reading

Falcons flatten La Conner / Softball

Receiving a boost from five extra-base hits, the South Whidbey High School… Continue reading

Most Read