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Falcs let a big one get away

  • Written by Don Mann
Baseball
Staff Photo/Don Mann. Beau Vintertun goes high, but the throw from the catcher is higher.
By the time this is published, either Woodinville or Inglemoor baseball will be done.

Just like that.

A loser-out game will have been played on Monday afternoon and somebody will have been the loser.

The loser will put away the bats and balls. Hand in the uniforms. And the winner will have a major uphill climb to get to where they want to go.

It got that way early Saturday when the hometown Falcons, wearing road grays at their own house and batting first, got clipped 3-2 by Redmond. In the second game the Vikings wore home blacks on the road, but it didn’t help much as they fell 8-1 to Newport, wearing blood red.

Tough day for the Northshore boys and it started early.

Falcon ace Marty Luckenbach walked the leadoff batter and, lo and behold, he came around to score,  after a sac bunt, another walk and a crisp line drive base hit.

Redmond tacked on another when the six-batter belted a homer leading off the second inning, high and far, landing beneath the scoreboard in right-center.

Woodinville responded when Shea Donlin laced an opposite-field double into the left field corner leading off the fourth. After a series of weak ground ball outs, Donlin trotted home on a wild pitch to make it 2-1, providing hope.

But Redmond scored again in the fifth: a one-out single, stolen base (on a high throw by the catcher) and another single struck hard made it 3-1 with time running out.

The Falcons, in the top of the sixth, made it 3-2 by way of another Donlin leadoff double to the same place and three routine ground ball outs.

Cody Bauman relieved Luckenbach and retired the side in order, flipping his curveball to make batters miss.

So there it was: score a run to stay alive.

Did not happen as the leadoff batter struck out, a pinch-hitter grounded to third and the final out was recorded on a weak popup in the infield.

Fact is: the Redmond pitcher, their No. 2, was nothing special — there were some luke-warm fastballs to hit that didn’t get hit — and the Mustangs got away with one.

Donlin went 3-for-3. All other Falcon batters went hitless.

Inglemoor didn’t hit it much either, scattering six in another come-from-behind effort.

Best thing about the day: The sun broke out.

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