Hunter Cook doubled twice, stole three bases and scored three runs, to lead Woodinville to a 12-6 win over Skyline last Friday night at Falcon Field. The win improved Woodinville’s record to 2-1 in KingCo 4A and 6-2 overall.
“It was a big win for us,” Woodinville coach Alan Dillman said. “I know I sound like a broken record, but I always say that in this league everyone can beat you. We were focused on trying to win the week. We beat Newport and then lost to Mount Si on Wednesday. So for us to come back and follow that up with a win against a quality opponent like Skyline was really big.”
The Falcons scored early and often. Cook led off the bottom of the first inning with a walk. He was sacrificed to second base, stole third base, and then came home on a Skyline throwing error. This staked Woodinville to a 1-0 lead that it would never relinquish.
“Our offense felt pretty good tonight,” Cook said. “We executed well, got guys over, made timely hits.”
There are commonly used terms to describe Woodinville’s style of baseball (which is an emphasis on sacrifice bunts, stealing bases and hitting to the right side). These terms include “small ball”, “manufacturing runs”, etc. These conjure up images of Whitey Herzog’s old St. Louis Cardinals winning games 2-1 and 3-2.
But against Skyline, Woodinville scored in bunches nearly every inning. A fact that obviously pleased Dillman.
“It’s us trying to put pressure on the other teams,” Dillmans said. “I don’t think we do a ton to surprise people, and we know it. We just want to execute on our part, and we’ve got guys who can run. If the other team makes a mistake so much the better.”
Defensively, starting pitcher Wyatt Mosher struggled. But there was fine defensive glove work turned in by Falcon third basemen Drew Barlow and shortstop Matt Zoba.
One interesting side note involved base running. The Falcons put runners in motion even when leading 11-4.
“In high school baseball, a team can put up four or five runs in a heartbeat and get back momentum,” Dillman said. “So until we get to 10 [runs to invoke the mercy rule], we’ve got to keep playing the game the way that we play it.”
As of April 1st, Mount Si currently sat atop the KingCo 4A conference with a 3-0 record. Woodinville was tied with Eastlake and Skyline for second place.
The Falcons play at Bothell this Tuesday night, before hosting Inglemoor on Thursday and Kentwood on Saturday at 2 p.m.