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“Give me my bat. Mama has to go wreck some folks.” (Jackie Saia photos)

They brought the big lumber with them.

With all 12 girls on the roster collecting at least one hit Saturday, the Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball squad made life tough for South Skagit 1’s pitchers.

Combining to pound out 33 hits in seven innings of action, the Hammerheads swept to 23-10 and 18-2 wins in Mount Vernon.

With the doubleheader sweep, Central Whidbey runs its winning streak to four straight, and will carry a 4-2 record into a road game with arch-rival North Whidbey Monday night.

Chloe Marzocca swung a big bat Saturday, crushing a triple, while also pitching Central Whidbey to a win.

Everything was humming for the Hammerheads during their doubleheader sweep.

Central Whidbey hurlers Chloe Marzocca and Teagan Calkins — with the latter making her debut in the pitcher’s circle — both whiffed five hitters, while their defense stood up strongly behind them.

Chloe pitched a solid game against a pretty hard-hitting South Skagit Riptide lineup,” said Central Whidbey coach Fred Farris.

Calkins really settled in and pitched great in game two.”

When the ball was put in play, the Hammerhead defenders put good glove on ball, snuffing out any potential rallies.

Savina Wells, using her long reach to her advantage, snagged a liner at second base, then doubled up the runner drifting off the bag at first in the day’s top defensive dazzler.

But it was the Hammerhead bats which truly captivated the audience.

“I got one hit, and I’m coming back for more, sister!!”

Seven Wolves bashed an extra-base hit, led by Wells, who smacked a double and triple, Madison McMillan, who bopped a pair of two-baggers, and Marzocca, who nailed “a rope to deep left” for a resounding triple.

“Everyone hit the ball hard!,” said a proud Fred Farris.

That included the first hits of the season for Allison Nastali, who rejoined her diamond squad after the end of her high school volleyball season.

Mia Farris, using the ancient arts handed down by her dad, “laid down a perfect squeeze bunt” to plate Calkins, while Candace Meek and Anna Steckman both collected their first base-knocks in a Hammerheads uniform.

Anna Steckman is a made woman, after collecting her first base-knock as a Hammerhead.

 

Stats for the day:

Taylor Brotemarkle (3 runs, 4 hits, 5 RBI, 1 walk)
Teagan Calkins (6 runs, 2 hits, 3 walks)
Mia Farris (6 runs, 4 hits, 3 RBI, 2 walks)
Jada Heaton (5 runs, 3 hits, 4 RBI, 1 walk)
Katie Marti (4 runs, 4 hits, 4 RBI, 1 walk)
Chloe Marzocca (1 run, 2 hits, 1 walk)
Madison McMillan (6 runs, 3 hits, 3 RBI, 2 walks)
Candace Meek (2 runs, 1 hit, 3 RBI, 1 walk)
Allison Nastali (2 hits, 3 RBI)
Anna Steckman (1 hit, 1 RBI)
Mayleen Weatherford (1 run, 2 hits, 5 RBI)
Savina Wells (7 runs, 5 hits, 1 RBI, 2 walks)

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If you play, they will take your photo. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Little League action is in full swing.

The pics seen above and below capture Central Whidbey stars of today and tomorrow at play, and are brought to us by ever-clicking camera lad John Fisken.

To see other stuff he’s shot, pop over to:

John’s Photos (johnsphotos.net)

 

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Savina Wells brings the heat. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

They are the present, and the future.

The young women on the Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball squad have already played in state tournaments and won league titles.

In the next year or so, many of them should make the jump to high school ball, adding more firepower to a CHS program already flying high.

As the Hammerheads (who will one day be Wolves) thunked arch-rival North Whidbey Monday, frequently-lurking paparazzi John Fisken snapped the pics seen above and below.

To see everything he captured, while possibly purchasing some glossies for the grandparents, pop over to:

SB 2021-05-10 CWLL Juniors vs NWLL – John’s Photos (johnsphotos.net)

 

Hammerheads coach Fred Farris give his defense some pre-game work.

“Ding! Another run on the ol’ scoreboard!!”

Katie Marti, who had a superb defensive day at second base, flips the ball to a waiting Mia Farris at first.

Mayleen Weatherford pulls in a fly ball.

Mia Farris drops a note-perfect bunt.

“If I said it’s a strike, it’s a strike, Skippy.”

Crunch, and the hits keep on coming.

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Teagan Calkins (left) and Madison McMillan celebrate a big play. (Jackie Saia photos)

“Oh, sweet revenge!”

A week after losing the season opener to their arch-rivals, the Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball squad got the big payback, pounding North Whidbey 13-1 Monday night.

The victory, coming in their first home game, lifts the Hammerheads to 2-2 on the season.

Central Whidbey was paced by flame-throwing pitcher Savina Wells, who threw 68 pitches in the game, 45 of which were strikes.

Toss in some stellar work with the gloves, and a 12-hit attack at the plate, and Coupeville’s diamond queens were in top form.

“We played Hammerhead softball today,” said CWLL coach Fred Farris. “Great pitching by Savina, who mixed up her pitches against a very good lineup, (and the) girls played great defense!

“This group always responds well after losses. And they’ve had very few over these last four years,” he added. “They were all business and having fun while doing it!”

Mia Farris dances the dance of her people.

Central Whidbey jumped out to an early lead, pushing four runs across in the bottom of the first inning, then repeating the feat in the second frame.

Three more runs in the third and two in the fourth stretched the lead out far enough that the game was mercy-ruled after North Whidbey came up empty in the fifth.

Six different Hammerhead players collected a hit, with Mia Farris and Teagan Calkins leading the way with three base-knocks apiece.

Mia Farris had the biggest blow for Central Whidbey Monday, bashing a double.

Madison McMillan and Wells each had two hits, with Jada Heaton and Taylor Brotemarkle rounding out the hit parade.

Taylor Brotemarkle dares you to run.

Brotemarkle also had the best web gem of the day, flying in from shortstop to snag a hot shot in front of second, before making a strong throw on the move.

“She delivered to Mia, who had a perfect stretch to just get the runner and end the inning,” Fred Farris said. “Show stopper!”

Central Whidbey was superb on defense all game, with Katie Marti a standout at second base.

She opened the game by gobbling up everything in the first inning, making clean plays on three straight grounders to retire North Whidbey one-two-three.

Calkins (four runs), Wells (six RBI), Chloe Marzocca (two walks), and Candace Meek (the only Hammerhead drilled by a wayward pitch) were the stat leaders, while Anna Steckman and Mayleen Weatherford all chipped in to help bring home the victory.

Mayleen Weatherford has places to be.

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Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball players celebrate a win. (Jackie Saia photos)

“That was a fun day of softball!”

Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball coach Fred Farris has seen more than a few games in his lifetime, but Saturday’s doubleheader in Mount Vernon was a special treat.

His Hammerheads squad ultimately split a pair of games with South Skagit, falling 9-7 in the opener, before rallying for a stunning 17-16 win in extra innings in the nightcap.

With the split, Central Whidbey improves to 1-2 on the season, with its first home game at Rhododendron Park set for this coming Monday.

How Saturday played out:

 

Game 1:

Savina Wells was back in the pitcher’s circle after missing her team’s opener with an injury and was firing BB’s, striking out 11 South Skagit sluggers.

Central Whidbey jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead, before a few defensive miscues hurt the cause.

Trailing 6-2 after two innings, the Hammerheads stormed back to tie things up at 6-6, but South Skagit proved wily and put together a three-run bottom of the sixth to take the win.

Mia Farris, Madison McMillan, and Katie Marti led the hit parade, each whacking a pair of base-knocks.

McMillan crunched a double and triple, with her three-bagger “a majestic fly ball that would have been 30 feet over our left field fence (at home),” while Wells also tripled.

Send out your best pitchers, cause Madison McMillan is here to do some damage.

 

Game 2:

Hammerheads hurlers Chloe Marzocca and Wells combined to whiff 10 hitters in a game which took wild swings on the scoreboard.

Down 14-7, Central Whidbey scored nine unanswered runs to carry a 16-14 lead into the bottom of the seventh, and (supposedly) final inning.

While South Skagit scraped out two runs in the final frame, giving the fans free softball, it was time for the Hammerheads to shine in extra innings.

Jada Heaton began the top of the eighth perched on second, then ran her opponents ragged.

First she stole third, before scampering home with what would prove to be the winning run on a groundout off the bat of Marzocca.

Things got dramatic in the bottom of the inning, but in a good way.

South Skagit also got a runner at second to begin, but Wells snapped off liquid heat, whiffing the first two hitters to come to the plate.

With the game on the line, a pitch got away from Central catcher Katie Marti for a half-second, but the granddaughter of former CHS football legend Paul Messner promptly wrote her own stirring chapter of athletic success.

Katie made a perfect retrieval of a passed ball and then a no-look flip to Savina for the game-ending out!,” exclaimed an amped-up Fred Farris. “As gutty a win as I’ve ever been a part of!”

Katie Marti, upholding the family tradition of athletic excellence.

 

Stats for the day:

Teagan Calkins (one run, one hit)
Mia Farris (six runs, five hits, two RBI, two walks)
Savina Wells (six runs, four hits, four RBI, two walks)
Madison McMillan (two runs, four hits, two RBI)
Chloe Marzocca (two runs, two RBI, three walks)
Mayleen Weatherford (one hit, one RBI, one walk)
Taylor Brotemarkle (two runs, three hits, four RBI, one walk)
Jada Heaton (three runs, two hits)
Candace Meek (two RBI, two walks)
Anna Steckman (one run, one walk)
Katie Marti (one run, five hits)

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