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   Fred Farris has his Central Whidbey Little League Minors softball squad rolling along. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

One run for every birthday candle.

OK, maybe not, but close.

Playing on mom Jennifer’s birthday Wednesday, Chloe Marzocca sparkled in the pitcher’s circle, while her teammates rained down runs in support.

By the time the younger Marzocca and Co. were done, the Central Whidbey Little League Minors softball squad had crushed the host North Whidbey Dragons 15-6.

Chloe Marzocca started and tossed two shut-down innings for the Hammerheads, while Mia Farris came on to close the game with two solid frames of her own.

CWLL scored the maximum five runs in each of the first two innings to roll out to a 10-1 lead and never looked back.

Taylor Brotemarkle, who “played awesome at shortstop” according to coach Fred Farris, paced the Hammerheads with two hits.

She was joined on the hit parade by Teagan Calkins, Madison McMillan, Chloe Marzocca, Mayleen Weatherford and Naosha Rose, who each added a base-knock.

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   Chloe Marzocca and the Central Whidbey Little League Minors softball team are on an early-season roll. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Hammerheads are out for blood.

Thumping teams everywhere they play, the Central Whidbey Little League Minors softball squad is leaving a trail of mauled foes in their wake.

The latest to fall was NW White, which was blown out 18-6 at Volunteer Park in Oak Harbor in a game which “wasn’t as close as the score.”

The Hammerheads split pitching duties between Chloe Marzocca, Mia Farris and Taylor Brotemarkle, who put a final stamp on the game by whiffing all three batters she faced.

“The team was very clean in the field and on the bases,” said CWLL coach Fred Farris. “Everyone contributed.”

Central racked up six hits, with Madison McMillan leading the way with two base-knocks.

Mia Farris, Jada Heaton, Katie Marti and Mayleen Weatherford each added a hit, with Marti and Farris collecting two RBI apiece.

Brotemarkle walked three times, McMillan pilfered three stolen bases and Teagan Calkins filled up the stat sheet with three runs, three steals and two walks (both times being plunked by pitches).

The Hammerheads got something from everyone, with Naosha Rose, Sydney Wallace, Brooke Van Velkinburgh and Hayden Daniel all scoring.

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   Landon Roberts and the Central Whidbey Little League Majors baseball squad knocked off South Whidbey Tuesday in their first game. (Photo courtesy Jon Roberts)

Can’t stop the winning.

Day two of Central Whidbey Little League play was a lot like day one, with the home town squad successfully defending its diamond.

Monday, both CWLL Minors softball and baseball knocked off North Whidbey teams, and Tuesday, it was time for the Majors baseball squad to get its moment in the spotlight.

Fueled by sharp pitching from Chase Anderson and Levi Pulliam and timely hitting from Landon Roberts, Central Whidbey nipped the South Whidbey Shockers 3-1.

CWLL fell behind 1-0 in the early going, then chipped its way back into the game thanks to “excellent base running.”

Central Whidbey benefited from being willing to get a little black and blue as well, with several players getting aboard thanks to being plunked by South Whidbey pitches.

Peyton Caveness, Jonny Porter and Roberts scored for CWLL, while Anderson and Pulliam were spot-on while working on the mound.

The duo combined to whiff seven batters, with Pulliam notching five of those K’s.

“All in all I am very proud of our young Majors team,” said Central coach Jon Roberts. “We knew we would be facing stiff competition after we took the South Whidbey Pope Tourney last spring as Minors.

“We were really excited to see how the boys reacted to much faster pitchers,” he added. “For the most part we did OK, but there is room to improve!”

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   “He’s too fast! We need some duct tape to keep this thing on his head!!” (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

“I dare you to run! Seriously, just try me, girl! I’ll make your whole family cry!!”

Bringin’ the heat on Opening Day.

Put the ball in play and let the runs rain down.

“I’m a ballet dancer in my other life…”

Runnin’ for the spotlight.

   “It’s a deal. You hit a homerun, and we’ll use your idea and install a soft serve ice cream machine in the dugout.”

Safe at home and the celebration begins.

Ready or not, little league is back.

While some might argue the second week of April is a wee bit early for Opening Day, Central Whidbey Little League lucked out Monday, enjoying blue skies.

The league’s minors softball and baseball squads opened play at Rhododendron Park and both teams came away with fairly one-sided victories over North Whidbey teams.

Baseball zinged to a 10-1 win, while softball went wild on the base paths, racking up 17 steals in an 11-3 win.

The Hammerheads softball squad got strong work in the pitcher’s circle from Chloe Marzocca and Taylor Brotemarkle, while Teagan Calkins “was a vacuum behind the plate,” according to coach Fred Farris.

Mia Farris, Madison McMillan, Hayden Daniel, Marzocca, Brotemarkle and Brooke Van Velkinburgh all collected base-knocks, with McMillan leading the way with two hits.

Van Velkinburgh had the best play of the night, though, as she blasted a single off a pitch that bounced to the plate.

Not content to pad her ball-strike count, she stepped forward and smartly whacked the ball, serving notice that defenses better not sleep on her.

Mayleen Weatherford, Jada Heaton, Sydney Wallace, Naosha Rose, Katie Marti and Liza Zustiak all came around to score after getting on base thanks to walks.

While the Opening Day action was playing out, intrepid photo ace John Fisken bounced between diamonds to capture photos.

The pics above are courtesy him, but are just the tip of the iceberg.

To see everything he shot (and perhaps purchase some glossies for grandma) pop over to:

Softball:

http://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Little-League-baseball-and-softball/CWLL-Minor-BB-2018-04-09/

Baseball:

http://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Little-League-baseball-and-softball/CWLL-Minor-SB-2018-04-09-vs-NWLL/

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   CHS softball coach Kevin McGranahan will help run a clinic Mar. 18 for Central Whidbey Little League coaches. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

If you plan on coaching with Central Whidbey Little League this season, mark Mar. 18 on your calendar.

CWLL is holding a coach’s clinic at 2 PM that day (it’s a Sunday) at the Coupeville High School gym.

Wolf softball coach Kevin McGranahan and baseball coach Chris Smith will be on hand for training, skills and drills and additional paperwork and background check info will be handed out.

Attendance is expected for anyone who will be a head coach for CWLL, as well as any assistants or parents who will be used for on-field work with players.

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