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Falcons steal wins from Red Wolves, rival Wolves | FASTPITCH

May 7th, 2013 at Tue, 7th, 2013 at 8:22 am by benwatanabe

South Whidbey softball snaked a pair of wins in its final full week of regular season games. 

The Falcon fastpitch squad beat Coupeville 7-1 and Cedarcrest 11-6 ahead of its final home game Tuesday and the 1A District 1 playoffs that begin Friday, May 10.

“This team is a special group of ladies, has amazing potential and believes in each other & it’s starting to show just in time for district,” said Falcon head coach Ashley Lopez.

Facing Coupeville, the Falcons scored five runs in the third inning. Singles by juniors Haley Viers and Chantel Brown and a walk by senior Ellie Greene loaded the bases. Anne Madsen jacked a bases-clearing double, followed by a two RBI home run by junior Mackenzie Hezel.

In the fourth, Brown was brought home on a RBI single by senior Alex Kubeska.

South Whidbey finished its scoring in the sixth on another Madsen double that scored Greene.

Kubeska pitched the complete game striking out 11 batters and allowing two walks.

Against league-leading Cedarcrest on May 3, South Whidbey jumped out to six runs in the second inning.

Hezel and Sarah Merrow hit back-to-back doubles, including a RBI for Merrow. Calli Patterson followed with a RBI double. Viers singled to put runners on the corners for Brown, who knocked a two RBI triple. Kubeska’s single brought home Brown, and a double for Ellie Greene scored Kubeska.

Sophomore Abby Hodson singled in the third inning. Patterson pulled the ball to left-center field for a two RBI home run.

Singles by Madsen and Hezel put a runner in scoring position for Merrow, who scored Madsen on a single of her own in the fourth.

Greene and Hezel each hit RBI singles in the sixth.

South Whidbey only committed one error against Cedarcrest, while tallying 22 hits.

Hezel closed the game with seven pitches in the sixth inning and made all three outs.

The 1A District 1 fastpitch tournament begins with a doubleheader at 4 and 6 p.m. Friday, May 10. Should South Whidbey advance, it plays games at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11 at Janicki Fields in Sedro Woolley.

Of the eight-team field, only the top four teams advance to the tri-district tournament May 16 and 18.

Reporter for the South Whidbey Record. Currently I cover Langley, South Whidbey Fire/EMS, the South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District, Clinton and sports. On any given night or any given weekday, I'm likely watching a baseball, basketball or football game on TV while reading Mother Jones, Esquire, The New York Times, The Seattle Times, The Daily Herald or scrolling through Twitter. If I can go sailing, I do. Fishing is a recently discovered hobby, but there are few things as exciting as getting a fish on the line and the battle between urgency and patience to haul it in. I don't much care for pets, but probably want to pet your dog or hold your cat.

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