Northwest NEWS

May 1, 2000

Sports

Culpepper's grand slam keeps Falcon's streak alive

WHS baseball

Falcon third baseman Jeff Culpepper connected for a grand slam home run against the Inglemoor Vikings last week. In the game against Bothell, he had two hits and one RBI.
Photo by Russ Paris.

by Russ Paris

   It was the 5th innng when Inglemoor pitcher Evan Meek was brought in to face the top of the Falcon batting order. Kevin Agnew (WHS second baseman) drew a walk to load the bases. This set the stage for Jeff Culpepper, who quickly fell behind in the count.

   "When I fell behind with two strikes, I actually choked up on the bat trying to just make contact for any hit to score a run," said Culpepper, third baseman. But on a fastball, he connected on the fat part of the bat, and the ball sailed 340 feet out over the J.C. Construction sign on the right field fence, scoring four runs. His grand slam led the Woodinville Falcons to a 10-5 win over the Vikings.

   This is the way the season has been going lately for the Falcons. After starting the season with a win (Eastlake) and two losses (against Redmond and Juanita), the Falcons have turned things around. They have now won 11 games in a row and have catapulted to first place in Kingco 4A play.

   "After the Juanita loss, we just decided to start playing up to our potential," said Brian Bauer, WHS shortstop and leading Falcon batter with a .476 average.

   "I'm not surprised this team has run off 11 straight wins," assistant coach Ron Hall said. "They play well together because they like each other."

   The team has jelled with only four seniors and a mixture of sophomores and juniors.

   "Quentin Flores, Bret Butler, and Brian Carter have all done well as starting pitchers. Our two Zachs (Woodward and Tuiasosopo) and Mike Wagner have given solid senior leadership," said head coach Terry Agnew. "However, the real reason this team has turned it around is consistent play from all. There haven't been one or two stars, but solid performance and real team effort."

   Sports writers and coaches around the state have also taken notice of the Falcons and recently ranked them as the #2 team in state 4A baseball.

Butler pitches Falcons to win

   Woodinville defeated cross-district rival Bothell 6-3 on Bret Butler's six-hitter last Wednesday night. Quentin Flores came in to finish the game for Butler. In four at-bats, Jeff Culpepper got two hits and one RBI. Zach Tuiasosopo batted in two runs, while Brian Bauer scored twice for the red hot Falcons.

   In other news, Falcon pitcher Bret Butler is on his way south for college in the fall. Butler will reportedly accept a scholarship offer to play baseball at USC.