Seattle Black southpaw Mitch Eatman was throwing nothing but fastballs and Woodinville’s "A" Legion team knew it.
But squaring them up was another thing.
The 16-and-under Falcon baseball team mustered only five singles over seven innings and dropped a 5-1 decision at WHS on Tuesday to fall to 7-13 on the season.
Woodinville’s lone run scored was unearned as Derek Svanevik walked with the bases loaded to score Charles Mehrmann in the first inning.
Seattle would not issue another free pass to the next 23 Woodinville batters, and the Falcons could only put runners in scoring position twice more in the game, to no avail.
Tied at 1-apiece entering the third inning, Woodinville pitcher Jacob Yee — in his first start of the season— found trouble after yielding back-to-back singles to lead off the frame. When the Falcon second baseman was late to cover first on the ensuing bunt, the bags were loaded with no outs and the next batter laced a line drive double to the left-center gap to clear the bases. One out later, an opposite field line drive landed just inside the right field line and Seattle put four on the board to make it 5-1, the score that would stand over the next four uneventful innings.
Woodinville’s next home game is July 6, before it heads to Oliver, B.C., to play in the three-day Osoyoos Tournament July 8-10.