|Falcs go down hard in extras|
|Written by Don Mann|
|Tuesday, 15 May 2012 10:51|
It was about as fine a high school baseball game as you’ll ever come across in these parts, certainly given what was at stake.
But that’s surely cold comfort to the Woodinville Falcons, who were sent packing when Inglemoor’s Willie Augustavo singled to left in the home eighth to bring home runners from second and third in a stunning come-from-behind win at Valhalla in the KingCo tournament.
Whether the Vikings No. 9 hitter Josh Williams was truly safe at home in a banger may be debated for a long time.
Falcon leftfielder Nate Wilham’s throw was strong and on the money. It clearly got there first.
But the sophomore catcher’s tag may have been a little high — the man in blue was right on top of it and had a good look — as Williams somehow slipped in with the slide.
Ball game. Season over for the green guys. Just like that.
Woodinville starter Spencer Greer, with more than a little pressure on his big back, was spectacular through six innings on the road: three up, three down all the way, with his curve ball biting.
He faced the minimum 18 batters, and the weak infield single he allowed in the fourth was wiped away by a double-play ball, 4-6-3, pretty as you please.
Inglemoor’s Lucas Wimmer was nearly as good, but things took a turn when Wilham slapped a base hit to left in a zip-zip game with one out in the Falcon sixth.
After he moved up on a ground ball out, Shea Donlin laced a clean line drive to right to put the Falcons up one zip with Greer dealing, six outs to get.
Spencer was phenomenal in the bottom of the sixth: two backwards Ks and a lazy fly ball to right.
But Wimmer, down by one, bowed his neck in the top of the 7th, retiring three Falcon batters in a row to keep it close, and keep Viking relievers in the bullpen.
Bottom of the seventh, with everything on the line, Viking Tyler Beahan rapped a clean single to right between the diving Myles Franklin and Beau Vintertun to give the home team hope.
Greer, still looking strong, got ahead 0-2 and then walked Augustavo after a 13-pitch battle to put runners on first and second with none out.
Woodinville head man Terry Agnew then took the baseball out of his hand, and gave it to Cody Bauman.
Bauman struck out the 3-batter.
Then Blake Wilson grounded another hit into the hole to right to load the bases as the mojo swung.
The senior then walked Curtis Bafus to bring in the tying run.
But Bauman rose up to get a grounder and a force out on a fine play by first-baseman Myles Franklin and another punchout to retire the side.
After an out, Max Carter pinch-hit and and ripped a ground ball single and then stole second.
Wilham then grounded a single to center to score Carter as Woodinville went up 2-1 in extras, grabbing momentum back.
Needing a run to stay alive, Jake Sleder led off with a single to right, creating an obvious bunt situation.
The bunt from Williams went to the right place and the Falcon third-baseman pounced on it quickly with a chance at the lead out.
But Caleb Hamilton’s throw to second was wide left, pulling Donlin off the bag, to make it first and second with no outs.
Tyler Beahan then bunted again to push the runners over to make it second-and-third, one out with the open base at first.
One school of thought suggested putting Augustavo aboard to create a double play situation and a force at any base.
And then Augustavo singled. Ball game. Season over for the Falcons. They finished 12-9 overall.
Note: A day later Inglemoor once again came from behind to eliminate Bothell 7-6, but the Vikes would fall to Ballard on Thursday 14-2 finishing 16-8 overall. Bothell finished 12-11.