Falcons Play Small Ball to Knock off Inglemoor

  • Written by Derek Johnson

Woodinville is now officially back on track. In a game that featured impressive displays of bunting, a timely triple, and clutch pitching, the hometown Falcons beat Inglemoor 4-2 to snap a three-game losing streak. They are now 1-1 in KingCo and 4-3 overall.

BaseballAlex Worthington pitches from the stretch during Woodinville's 4-2 win over Inglemoor on April 4 at Woodinville High School. The junior worked 6 innings and surrendered 0 earned runs, while walking 1 and striking out 8. (Photo by Derek Johnson) “I thought we had better at bats tonight,” Woodinville manager Alan Dillman said. “I thought our guys put balls in play and hit a few balls hard. We’re hopeful that this is what gets us going.”

It’s not often that a slugger hitting fifth in the batting order gets called on to bunt. But that was the case in the bottom of the third inning, with the score tied at 1-1.

With runners at first and third and only one out, Falcons catcher Lee Wunderlich stepped up to the plate. The Viking outfielders played straight away and the infield was at normal depth. And so imagine Inglemoor’s surprise as Wunderlich squared around and laid down a magnificent bunt that trickled into no-man’s land between the pitcher’s mound and first base. Matt Quarre scored from third on this play, giving Woodinville a 2-1 lead.

“Coach puts trust in us to be able to bunt,” Wunderlich said. “It was an outside fastball and I went with it. It’s what we work on in practice.”

Inglemoor added a run in the top of the fifth, only to see Woodinville respond again with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning. With Davis Baillie at first and one out, Drew Accimus took a cut and sent a rocket line drive down the right field line. Baillie scored all the way from first, and Accimus wound up at third base.

“It was a 3-and-1 count and I was looking for a fastball,” Accimus said. “Something I could put a good swing on. I saw it middle-outside and I went with it. Luckily it stayed fair.”

The game got dicey in the top of the sixth, when Inglemoor’s Bailey Fee tripled to lead off the top of the sixth. Now he stood at third with nobody out.

But Woodinville pitcher Alex Worthington bore down, and recorded three consecutive outs without surrendering the run.

“Alex stepped up,” Dillman said. “We were debating whether to make a change at that point. My pitching coach said he thought he could do it. Alex was still throwing hard so we let him go after it. He stepped up and got it done.”

The Falcons added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth, when Chris Okura scored from third on a wild pitch. Woodinville would hold on for the win.

In the game’s aftermath, Dillman was asked about his teams multiple bunts throughout the game.

“We’ve been working hard on bunting a lot,” he said. “We’ve been telling the kids that it doesn’t matter who you are, even if you can hit the ball 400 feet, you need to be able to bunt. And tonight Lee came up in the spot and got it done.”

But equally as important to the bunt, was Accimus’s RBI triple that drove in the running win.
“That was huge,” Dillman said. “We’ve been lacking that guy to step up in a big moment to get a key hit, whether it be a bleeder or whatever. I thought it was good for our team for Drew to get in there and battle. He got a ball down the line that scored Davis all the way from first. It was a big lift for our team. Our hitters have been feeling pressure lately, so it was big that Drew got a big hit and to let some pressure off of us.”

Woodinville next plays at Ballard on April 7th, before returning home to face Skyline on April 9th.

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