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WHS baseball: Accimus leads hit parade as Falcons top Eastlake

  • Written by Derek Johnson

WHS BaseballWoodinville’s Drew Accimus connects on a three-run homer in last Wednesday’s 9-4 win over Eastlake. (Photo courtesy of Patti Sternberg)

Drew Accimus and Davis Baillie each homered as the Woodinville Falcons pounded out 10 hits en route to a 9-4 win over Eastlake last Wednesday night.

Woodinville pitcher Connor White survived a rough second inning to log 6-1/3 solid innings for the win. In so doing, the Falcons improved their record to 11-6 on the season.

“We’ve been swinging really well lately,” Woodinville manager Alan Dillman said. “Guys are feeling good, squaring the ball up —  it's been good.”

In the game's early stages, the glare of the setting sun played havoc with outfielders from both teams. A misplayed ball helped Eastlake load the bases in the second inning. Eastlake’s Mick Vorhof promptly ripped a frozen rope to left center to drive in three runs, staking the Wolves to a 3-1 lead.

But in the bottom of the second inning, the Falcons rallied. Trevor Cook singled, stole second and then moved to third on a single by Nolan McCafferty. Up came Derek Svanevik, who ripped a two-run double to knot the game up at 3-3.    
In the bottom of the fourth, the Falcons struck again. After McCafferty reached first base on an error, Svanevik walked, which set the table for Accimus. The cleanup hitter unloaded on a fat pitch right down Broadway.

“I wanted to be aggressive in that at bat,” Accimus said. “First pitch fastball, I jumped on it, hit it well, and it barely got out. But it was great. It gave us some momentum.”

The Falcons would tally three more runs after that, including a Davis Baillie solo shot in the sixth inning.
The run support would prove more than enough for the right-handed throwing White.

“I think we had a little trouble with the elements, we haven't got a lot of sun recently,” White said. “But I felt I just needed to put the ball over the plate because the guys were doing their best. In the end they were able to get us out of it. So I just needed to trust my defense and trust they would have my back. And later in the game, after we had seen each hitter a couple of times, we started going more off speed and mixing up locations and throwing more curveballs.”
With the regular season winding down, the Falcons have now won four games in a row as of this writing.

“We’ve gained some confidence during this winning streak,” Dillman said. “Connor pitched great tonight and got tougher as the game went on. We’re playing really well right now, hitting the ball well. We’re hopeful to get into the KingCo tournament.”

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