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Maddie Georges (left) and Karyme Castro endure the rain while pursuing their softball dreams. (Suzan Georges photos)

Georges and Sofia Peters share a moment with a friendly rival.

Our game, our Island.

At every level this spring, Coupeville is ruling the softball field, and taking special delight in bushwhacking Oak Harbor, their big-city neighbors to the North.

Thursday night the latest beat-down came courtesy the Central Whidbey Little League Juniors squad, which rolled up the Island and torched North Whidbey 20-8.

The win lifts the Wolves to 4-0 on the season, not surprising for a team which has outscored its rivals 78-23.

Central Whidbey came out primed to rumble Thursday, dropping runs in every inning, with nine of 13 players scoring at least once.

The Wolves put up four in the top of the first, and kept the scoreboard humming all night, with six runs in the second, two in the third, then eight in the fourth to spring the 10-run mercy rule.

Everyone swung the bat well, with the 2-3-4-5 hitters particularly dangerous.

Savina Wells and Melanie Navarro paced the Wolves with three hits apiece, both blasting a double and two singles, while Jill Prince had a double and single, and Sofia Peters whacked a pair of singles.

The battlin’ Lucero sisters rounded out the hit attack, as Allie plunked a double and Maya drilled a single, with Cypress Socha, Prince, and Peters walking twice apiece.

Central Whidbey had 11 walks to go with its 12 hits, as Gwen Gustafson, Hayley Fiedler, Vivian Farris, Maddie Georges, and Allie Lucero also earned free passes.

Adrian Burrows and Karyme Castro also saw playing time for the Wolves, who kicked off a three-game road trip Thursday night.

The squad travels to Sedro-Woolley Apr. 20, then faces South Skagit Apr. 25, not returning to play at Rhododendron Park again until Apr. 27.

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Central Whidbey pitcher Chloe Marzocca was a two-way terror Tuesday, as her Majors softball team bounced its arch-rival. (Photo courtesy Fred Farris)

Katie Marti (left) and Jada Heaton both had big games, as well, as the Hammerheads remained undefeated. (Photo courtesy Jennifer McDavid-Heaton)

Blowout or nail-biter, it matters not.

The Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball squad is undefeated for one big reason – they can, and will, always find a way to win.

Tuesday night, that meant jumping out to a commanding lead against their arch-rivals, the North Whidbey Little League Bandits, then holding on when their foes came charging back.

When the scoreboard at Volunteer Park was shut off after five furious innings, Central Whidbey sprinted away with a 12-8 win, improving to a flawless 3-0 on the season.

Facing a team which boasts “some big hitters and really good pitching,” the Hammerheads opened the game exactly the way coach Fred Farris wanted them to – aggressively.

“We knew we had our hands full against a good team and rival,” he said.

To prepare his sluggers, Farris brought in CWLL Juniors pitchers Savina Wells and Gwen Gustafson to throw batting practice, guaranteeing the Hammerhead bats would be ready for the increased heat.

And, with a little prep, Central Whidbey was ready.

The Hammerheads broke the game open with five runs in the top of the first, keyed by a heads-up play from Katie Marti.

She’s the latest addition to one of Coupeville’s premier athletic dynasties, a fresh offshoot of a family tree which includes legends like grandpa Paul Messner, a golden god on the gridiron, and cousin Breeanna Messner, a four-sport standout back in the day.

But now it’s Katie Time, and she alertly scrambled to first after a dropped third strike got away from the North Whidbey catcher.

With new life, the Hammerheads immediately capitalized, thanks to Jada Heaton blasting a two-run single.

Chloe Marzocca was dealing heat from the pitcher’s circle for Central, holding her foes scoreless through the first three innings, while helping herself out on offense with a two-run single of her own.

Rolling along with a 10-0 lead, the Hammerheads looked untouchable, but North Whidbey is too good of a team to just roll over and quietly wilt.

The Bandits put together a six-run rally in the fourth to prevent the 10-run mercy rule from being implemented, but they would get no closer.

Taylor Brotemarkle came storming out of the bullpen to slam the door shut, recording the final five outs to seal the win for Marzocca and send Central fans home happy.

The Hammerheads spread their offense around, with Marzocca leading the hit parade with two base-knocks and three RBI.

Brotemarkle, Heaton, Teagan Calkins, and Madison McMillan added a hit apiece, while Brotemarkle came around to score a team-best three times.

Central Whidbey got two runs apiece from Brianna Blouin, Mia Farris, and Allison Nastali, with Marti, McMillan, and Marzocca also tapping home.

As good as they were on offense, the Hammerheads also sizzled on defense.

The team’s catcher and third-baseman combo of Calkins and Blouin teamed up to nail three runners caught between third and home.

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Maya Lucero, seen during an earlier basketball season, is part of a hard-hitting, undefeated Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball team. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They can’t be stopped by conventional means.

Dodging the rain drops Thursday, the Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball squad obliterated Anacortes #2, throwing down a 17-2 beatin’ at Rhododendron Park.

The win lifts the Wolves to 3-0 on the season, and, along the way, they’ve outscored their foes 58-15.

After dropping 18 runs against South Whidbey and racking up 23 against Anacortes #1, Central Whidbey is a well-oiled offensive juggernaut.

Up next, after six days off, is the team’s first road test, as coach Lark Gustafson and crew play their next three games away from Coupeville.

The Wolves play North Whidbey Apr. 18, Sedro-Woolley Apr. 20, and South Skagit #1 Apr. 25, not returning to Rhodey until Apr. 27.

Until then, they can bask in the glow of Thursday’s win, in which everything was clicking.

Starting pitcher Savina Wells held Anacortes in check, surrendering just one measly hit, while 11 of the 12 Wolves in uniform scored at least once.

Central Whidbey racked up runs in every inning, tossing five on the scoreboard in the first, another seven during a long second inning, then five more in the third to end the game early thanks to the mercy rule.

In each of the three innings, the Wolves used a similar attack plan — get runners aboard thanks to lots and lots of walks, then come up with big hits to send everyone zipping around the bags.

Melanie Navarro and Wells collected key singles in the first, before Wells bashed a double to turbo-charge things in the second inning.

Sofia Peters and Maya Lucero followed with singles in the second, then Navarro launched a double and Gwen Gustafson spanked a single in the third.

To no one’s surprise, Wells and Navarro led the scoring attack, with both tapping home all three times they batted, while Maddie Georges and Jill Prince scored twice apiece.

Gustafson, Allie Lucero, Adrian Burrows, Cypress Socha, Maya Lucero, Vivian Farris, and Peters each scored once, while Karyme Castro also saw playing time for the Wolves.

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Chloe Marzocca threw wicked heat from the pitcher’s circle Tuesday as the Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball squad crushed Anacortes. (Jennifer Marzocca photo)

It might not be an official win, yet, but it’s officially a butt-whuppin’.

Only able to play two-and-a-half innings Tuesday, after waiting for a high school game to wrap up, the Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball team unloaded on host Anacortes.

When the game was suspended, a half inning from being complete, the Hammerheads were up 19-1 and all but assured of running their season record to 2-0.

The two teams play again May 3, and will start by finishing off this game.

If the lead stays 15 runs or more, it will end after Anacortes bats in the bottom of the third, thanks to the mercy rule.

Central Whidbey dominated Tuesday in every facet of the game, with starting pitcher Chloe Marzocca whiffing three batters in two innings of work.

At the plate, the Coupeville sluggers put the “hammer” in Hammerheads, led by Mia Farris, who smacked a hard liner into the gap for a bases-clearing, inside-the-park grand salami.

Her home run sprint was one of three times Farris tapped home to score, while Madison McMillan and Brionna Blouin both racked up four RBI apiece.

McMillan had three base-hits, while Blouin bashed a double and poked a single.

The hitting bug was contagious, with Katie Marti and Mayleen Weatherford both collecting a base-knock of their own.

When they weren’t crunching the ball, the Hammerheads showed off eagle eyes, picking up numerous walks and converting them into scoring opportunities.

Taylor Brotemarkle scored three times, while Allison Nastali, Teagan Calkins, Jada Heaton, and Aleksia Jump all came round to score at least once.

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Gwen Gustafson, seen last year, scored three times Thursday as Central Whidbey Little League’s Juniors softball team won 18-0. (Irene Gustafson photo)

They didn’t play an entire game, because two innings was enough to show the world what’s what.

Taking advantage of a ton of walks Thursday, the Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball team bushwhacked arch-rival South Whidbey 18-0, rolling to an eye-popping opening day win.

The Wolves scored nine runs in the first without getting a single hit, then tacked on another nine scores in the bottom of the second inning.

When South Whidbey conceded the game, there was only one out in the second inning.

Coupeville 6th grader Savina Wells, playing alongside middle school girls, punched a hit, as did Maddie Georges and Sofia Peters, while everyone in the starting lineup came around to score.

Gwen Gustafson, who held South Whidbey’s offense in check while flinging heat from the pitcher’s circle, tapped home three times, while Melanie Navarro matched her run total.

Allie Lucero (2), Peters (2), Vivian Farris (2), Georges (2), Maya Lucero (2), Wells (1) and Jill Prince (1) also scored for Central Whidbey.

Providing support off the bench were Adrian Burrows, Karyme Castro, Hayley Fiedler, and Cypress Socha.

Central Whidbey returns to action Saturday with a home game against Anacortes at Rhododendron Park. First pitch is at noon.

After that, the Wolves are off until Apr. 11.

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