Falcons knock off Newport; notch KingCo tourney win

  • Written by Derek Johnson

WHS Baseball Alex WorthingtonFalcon pitcher Alex Worthington showed excellent control in his 6+ innings of work Saturday vs. Newport. (Photo courtesy of Patti Sternberg)Trevor Cook doubled in the go-ahead run to lift the Woodinville Falcons to a 3-1 win over Newport last Saturday in the first round of the 2014 KingCo Tournament. The victory was the sixth in a row for a hot Woodinville squad that is now 13-6 on the season.

Falcon starter Alex Worthington scattered six hits over six innings to get the win, while demonstrating outstanding control.

“He is our guy and we just continue to tell our guys to trust the defense behind us and keep throwing strikes,” Woodinville manager Alan Dillman said. “Let them put the ball in play. If we can stay away from walks, we have a good shot to make plays behind us, because we’ve been good defensively.”

One of the game’s standout players was Woodinville second baseman Nolan McCafferty. Even though the stat sheet only shows him going 1-for-4, his outstanding defense made an impact. This included the fourth inning, when Worthington got into a bases loaded jam with only one out. But McCafferty fielded a sharp grounder and astutely tagged the runner coming down the line before throwing to first base to complete the double play.

“When the ball was hit to me, I remembered that I had one early in the season where I went to second instead of tagging him,” McCafferty said. “So this time I tagged him then threw to first. I thought the runner was going to stop and turn around, but fortunately he didn’t.”
Heading into the sixth inning, the Falcons held a precarious 2-1 lead.

“Coming into the dugout, I told my teammates that we needed to ‘bury ’em’,” Cook said. “Meaning that we needed to get an add-on run to make it more difficult for them to come back.”

Falcon first basemen Davis Baillie led off the sixth with a single before advancing to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Chris Okura. Then Cook stepped up to the plate and promptly ripped his second double of the game.

“With a runner on base I was just trying to have a simpler approach,” Cook said. “With lefties, you normally want to shoot the other way. I got a fastball away, and poked it to the opposite side and we got a run. With those soft-throwing lefties, you don’t want to try to pull it too much, because those lefties live on guys rolling over — that’s their game. You want to just go with what they give you.”

Cook impacted the game not only with his bat, but also with his arm — pitching a scoreless seventh inning for the save.

Coach Dillman was pleased with having contributions from so many players.

“That’s the thing we’ve been pounding these guys with is that we’re a team,” Dillman. “It’s going to take all of us. Whether you’re in the game or not, you’re a part of it. They have bought into it and they’ve really come around.”

Woodinville advances to the second round to take on Redmond, who defeated Issaquah 6-1 on Saturday night, in a game at Woodinville High School on May 12.

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