LANGLEY — South Whidbey used a five-run fifth inning and a strong outing from Colton Sterba to beat Granite Falls 5-4 and snap the Tigers five-game winning streak.
Sterba struck out seven batters in a complete-game outing that improved his record to 5-0.
In the fifth, the Falcons got five hits, including four RBI singles, to push across five runs and take a 5-3 lead. Ricky Muzzy had one of the RBI singles and later tripled to lead South Whidbey offensively.
Riley Larsen had a double for Granite Falls, which faces Coupeville on Thursday and then hosts South Whidbey on Friday for the rubber match of their three-game series.
At South Whidbey H.S.
Chris Gentry, Greg Barnett (3) and Griffin Chapman. Colton Sterba and Brent Piehler. WP—Sterba (5-0). LP—Barnett (record). 2B—Riley Larsen (GF). 3B—Ricky Muzzy (SW). Records—Granite Falls 11-5 league, 12-6 overall. South Whidbey 11-6, 13-6.