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After two stellar seasons at Lower Columbia College, South Whidbey grad Ricky Muzzy (right) is joining the University of Washington’s baseball squad. (Photo from Muzzy’s Facebook page)

Hopefully Ricky Muzzy remembers me when he gets to The Show.

The former South Whidbey High School standout, who is one of the rare Falcons to get a feature story here on Coupeville Sports (back in 2014), continues to move up in the baseball world.

After two stellar seasons on the diamond at Lower Columbia College, Muzzy is officially making the jump to NCAA D-1 action, joining the University of Washington baseball program.

The Huskies announced the addition of Muzzy and Connor Blair from California’s Butte College in a Monday press release.

After graduating from SWHS in 2016, Muzzy left Freeland for Longview, where he immediately became a key player for LCC teams which won titles both of his seasons.

A middle infielder who can anchor a team at shortstop or second base, Muzzy played in 74 games at LCC, piling up 21 doubles, nine triples, seven home runs and 60 RBI.

He hit .359 during his first season, and .305 as a sophomore.

 

PS — If you want to see the moment when the spotlight first landed on Muzzy, pop over and check out my old-school article on him at:

https://coupevillesports.com/2014/04/24/the-falcons-are-alright-ricky-muzzy-explodes/

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Cole Payne (John Fisken photo)

   Cole Payne stood tall for Coupeville Saturday, delivering one of just two hits South Whidbey hurler Ricky Muzzy surrendered. (John Fisken photo)

Ricky Muzzy said goodbye to Coupeville in style.

Not that the Wolves were all that thrilled about it.

Barring a reunion in the playoffs, Saturday’s non-conference baseball game in Langley, in which Muzzy used his crafty pitching arm and explosive bat to carry South Whidbey to a 7-3 win, will be the final time the Falcon senior will stare down his Island rivals.

Facing off with a Coupeville squad that includes players he has suited up with in American Legion ball, such as Wolf catcher Cole Payne, Muzzy was lights out on the mound.

Tossing six shutout innings, the Falcon hurler limited the Wolves to just a pair of hits — a second inning single up the middle by Wolf pitcher Julian Welling and a sixth-inning base knock from Payne.

That second hit was a rocket into the gap between third and short that a diving Falcon managed to knock down at the last second, but couldn’t recover as Payne zipped down the first-base line.

Still, until he turned the ball over to his bullpen, Muzzy was in total control, while also delivering the game’s biggest hit — a thunderous two-run triple to right in the fourth that broke open a fairly close game.

Up until that point, the Wolves, after a bit of trouble in the first, had stayed close.

South Whidbey scratched out three runs in the opening inning, putting together three hits and taking advantage of a wild pitch and a passed ball.

After that, though, Welling matched Muzzy in stringing together zeros until the fourth.

With one out quickly in the books, Coupeville looked like they had caught a break when a grounder that ricocheted off of Matt Hilborn’s glove at third shot right into the outstretched arm of shortstop Hunter Smith.

But, despite a strong throw on the move from Smith, the runner won the race to the bag, and that gave the Falcons just enough inspiration to stage a game-busting rally.

A single through the gap between second and first put two on the bags, before Muzzy launched a shot that had most South Whidbey fans thinking he had crushed a three-run home run.

Coupeville’s outfield managed to momentarily stem the tide with a quick throw to hold Muzzy at third, but two more runs eventually came across before the inning was done.

Trailing 7-0 entering the seventh, the Wolves mounted their first sustained offensive show of the afternoon by keeping the ball away from South Whidbey’s superb outfield crew.

Earlier, several shots that would have dropped in against most teams were run down by Falcon fielders, including a sensational diving snag in center on a drive by Kory Score that seemed to have extra-base hit written all over it.

Finally keeping the ball down when it came off the bat, the Wolves rallied for three in the final inning and had the bases loaded when the Falcons retired the final batter.

An error on a grounder by Welling, a low, slicing single to left from Gabe Wynn and a walk to Clay Reilly juiced the bags, before Joey Lippo (walk), Hunter Smith (infield single) and CJ Smith (a single to right that dropped in front of a charging fielder) plated runners.

While the young Wolves (now 3-6 on the season) departed Langley with a loss to last year’s 1A state runner-ups, first-year CHS coach Marc Aparicio liked a lot of what he saw.

“We hit the ball hard today, but they made some great plays on us defensively,” he said. “South Whidbey’s a great team, and we all saw that. But I’m real proud of our guys.”

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Wolf Cole Payne gives Falcon Ricky Muzzy a helping hand. (Shelli Trumbull photos)

Wolf Cole Payne (right) gives Falcon Ricky Muzzy a helping hand. (Shelli Trumbull photos)

Aaron Trumbull brings the heat.

Aaron Trumbull brings the heat.

South Whidbey's American Legion baseball squad (and its Wolf hired guns).

South Whidbey’s American Legion baseball squad (and its Wolf hired guns).

Payne hangs out with South Whidbey coach Tom Fallon.

Payne hangs out with South Whidbey coach Tom Fallon.

"See, if you look through the open part you'll see that I'm throwing nothin' but strikes!"

“See, sir, if you look through the open part you’ll see that I’m throwing nothin’ but strikes!”

Still kinda weird to see them in blue.

Still kinda weird to see them in blue.

For the second straight summer, Wolves and Falcons mingled together, and there was peace and good will for all.

Making the trip down South, Coupeville High School baseball stars Aaron Trumbull and Cole Payne swapped out red and black and wore South Whidbey blue and white to play American Legion ball for Falcon coach Tom Fallon.

Along for the ride, snapping away madly on her camera, was Shelli Trumbull, who provides us with the pics above, a final salute to baseball as summer slips away.

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Ricky Muzzy goes airborne as Coupeville's Korbin Korzan slides into the bag. (Shelli Trumbull photo)

Ricky Muzzy goes airborne as Coupeville’s Korbin Korzan slides into the bag. (Shelli Trumbull photo)

Muzzy prepares to unload on a hapless pitcher.

Muzzy prepares to unload on a hapless pitcher.

I am often accused of picking on South Whidbey (and it’s mostly true), so, from time to time, I offer an olive branch to Coupeville’s closest rival.

While I don’t exactly want the Falcons to beat the Wolves at anything, the reality is there are a lot of very talented, very smart young men and women wearing the blue and white.

Let’s take a moment to acknowledge them.

Cause Lord knows the Canadian-owned South Whidbey Record isn’t exactly doing a bang-up job at it.

The legend of Ricky Muzzy is growing.

The South Whidbey High School sophomore, a two-sport star for the Falcons, delivered the biggest hit in recent Whidbey Island baseball history Monday.

When he lashed a two-out, bottom of the seventh RBI single, plating Jake Sladky, Muzzy lifted the Langley diamond men to their first win over Cascade Conference royalty Archbishop Thomas Murphy in seven seasons.

Then, since the 1-0 win felt so good, Muzzy and the Falcons went back out Wednesday, this time in Everett, and bounced ATM 5-4 to become the first team to knock off the Wildcats twice this season.

Now 11-5 on the season (9-5 in league play) South Whidbey has bounced back from losing its season-opening series to Coupeville to take firm hold of the race between the two 1A schools for a #1 playoff seed.

It’s been a fun ride for Muzzy, who, while he enjoys his time on the basketball court, where he plays guard for the Falcons, gets the most excited when he takes the field and sprints out to play shortstop.

“My athletic strength is baseball!,” Muzzy said. “I love it because of the relationships you build with your teammates and coaches, and just the game itself is great.”

His walk off base knock against ATM has found a spot on his personal highlight reel, along with “my first varsity baseball start, and home run last year.”

Muzzy hails his family for helping him succeed, both in sports and in life.

“My parents, for teaching me how to work hard and making me into the young man I am today,” he said. “All my friends, all of my coaches, as well.”

A big fan of his biology, Algebra 2 and Spanish classes (“I love all my teachers!”), Muzzy keeps a strong focus on his class work.

Though he still has more than half his high school career to go, he’s already looking ahead at the future.

“I’d like to go to a good college and study sports medicine,” Muzzy said. “And yes, it has always been my dream to play baseball at the college level.”

When he’s not on the baseball diamond, he keeps his skills sharp by playing Wiffle ball during the summer.

A fan of Jack Johnson’s music, his favorite movie is “probably “The Hobbit”.”

And, while Wolf fans can ponder how nice it would be to have the sweet-swinging, crisp-fielding Muzzy camped out in the middle of the infield if his family were to suddenly move, he seems quite content down South.

“South Whidbey has a lot of nice people, good coaches, good teachers,” Muzzy said. “Overall, it’s just a really enjoyable place to go to school!”

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