WHS baseball squad breaks out early

  • Written by Don Mann
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Marty Luckenbach was flat-out nasty in the Falcons’ 13-2 KingCo opening win at Inglemoor. Staff photo/Don Mann.
Despite the nasty cold weather, it was a pretty darn good week for Woodinville baseball as league play opened up.

On Tuesday the Falcons walloped Inglemoor at their place 13-2 in five innings.

On Thursday they beat Bothell 7-1 at home.

Woodinville’s pitching and defense were outstanding in both KingCo games, as the Falcons gained an early foothold against their local rivals in the Crown division.

Fact is, they received and capitalized on some major early charity:  Viking pitchers walked 10 batters and hit two more — in only five innings. Two days later, the defending state champion Cougs — not what they used to be —  walked nine and hit one.

Woodinville, taking what was given, posted six runs in the first inning on Inglemoor, and put a four-spot on Bothell in the first frame, respectively, batting around the order in the first inning in each contest en route to big wins that will have an impact on its highly-anticipated season.

And they say the pitchers are ahead of the hitters early ... Woodinville did their part to prove that adage as Marty Luckenbach went four strong on the bump at Valhalla under bone-chilling skies before giving way to Cody Bauman, and Spencer Greer pitched six solid innings without a base on balls against Bothell before giving way to Steven White.

Falcon shortstop Shea Donlin went 4-for-7 with 3 RBI on the week, grooving at the plate.

Second-baseman Beau Vintertun went 2-for-4 overall with 3 RBI and made a sensational diving, over-the-shoulder catch in the first inning against Inglemoor.

Catcher Clark Bader caught a Viking runner off second base with a big-time throw to snuff a potential rally and right-fielder Jeff Wyner nailed a Bothell runner at home with a perfect strike at home.

With all the walks doled out by their crosstown rivals — 19 in two games — Woodinville didn’t need much more than that. Oh, those bases on balls. Easy money for the green team.

Given a chance, these guys will run you off the field. And last week they did just that. The Falcons stole 13 bases in two rivalry games.

It actually looked too easy.

Surely it will get harder. One would think. But you gotta throw strikes.

If you don’t, this Woodinville team — absolutely loaded with talent — will make you pay.

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