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Jada Heaton (left) and Mia Farris are ready to rumble. (Jennifer Heaton photo)

“It was pure joy to see all these girls back on the field!!”

The Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball squad opened a new season Monday — a major milestone during the Age of Coronavirus — and just getting back in action was enough to leave coach Fred Farris with a huge smile (under his mask).

While the Hammerheads fell short on the scoreboard, with arch-rival North Whidbey rallying for a 16-6 win, the CWLL coach was pleased with a lot of what he saw.

“Girls played great defense and were in good shape,” Farris said.

The diamond guru also had to tip his hat to the rival pitcher, Addison Morales, who he and CWLL assistant coach Kim Brotemarkle helped train.

“We coached her in fall ball three or four years ago and she was just learning to pitch then,” Farris said. “She has really turned into a great pitcher and pitched a great game.”

Facing off with Morales was Chloe Marzocca, who tossed a complete game for Central Whidbey and was often very effective, scattering six hits.

At the plate, Teagan Calkins and Madison McMillan had booming bats for the Hammerheads, collecting two hits apiece.

Calkins delivered a triple and two RBI, McMillan scored twice and stole five bases, while four other Central players came around to tap home plate.

Jada Heaton, Mayleen Weatherford, Katie Marti, and Mia Farris all scored, with Heaton (4), Farris (3), and Marti (2) combining for nine steals.

Taylor Brotemarkle, Anna Steckman, and Candace Meek round out the 11-player Hammerhead roster.

The two teams will meet again, with Central Whidbey set to face North Whidbey six times during a 16-game schedule.

It’s a rivalry Fred Farris embraces.

“I wanted to mention what great sportsmanship the North Whidbey players and coaches showed,” he said. “Although rivals on the field, they truly are great friends off of it.”

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Softball action has returned to Whidbey Island little league fields. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Batter up, and cameraman to the ready.

Little League softball has returned to a diamond near you, and wanderin’ photo snapper John Fisken is usually on the scene to capture the action.

The pics above and below, from a recent clash between Central and North Whidbey, are courtesy him.

To see more, and possibly buy some mementos, pop over to:

SB 2021-04-30 CWLL Minors vs NWLL – John’s Photos (johnsphotos.net)

 

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Sarah Wright

It was a fab finale.

They sat for three weeks, then had the first of two season-ending doubleheaders cancelled by weather, but the Sewanee: University of the South softball squad finally got back on the diamond Sunday.

With Coupeville grad Sarah Wright among those pounding the ball, the Tigers swept a twinbill from visiting Johnson (TN) to put a cap on their pandemic-shortened campaign.

Winning 11-10 and 13-3, Sewanee finished the season 4-6, winning three of its final five games.

The Tigers only played home games this time around, and had a much more limited schedule than many of its foes.

Johnson, for example, played 28 games to Sewanee’s 10.

Wright, a sophomore catcher, had an RBI single in the opener, then came back around to collect two hits in the nightcap, including a double.

The former Wolf finished her second season in Tennessee with a .407 batting average, collecting 11 hits, including two doubles, and driving in five runs.

Last spring, Wright’s season ended abruptly after 16 games, when the pandemic shut down college sports.

Despite not yet having played a full season of college ball, the former CHS valedictorian has piled up positive numbers when given the chance.

Through 26 career games at Sewanee, Wright sits with a .309 batting average, 68 at-bats, 21 hits, including two home runs and two doubles, and 12 RBI.

She has walked nine times, come around to score six times, and anchored the Tigers with her quick glove and explosive throwing arm behind the plate.

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Junior pitcher Izzy Wells was team MVP for a CHS softball squad which finished 12-0. (Jackie Saia photo)

A season of perfection ended with a shower of awards.

After rolling to a 12-0 mark in their pandemic-shortened introduction to the Northwest 2B/1B League, the Coupeville High School softball squad honored its players Friday night.

Gathering his team at the CHS field, head coach Kevin McGranahan handed out an assortment of awards, while lettering all 24 girls on the roster.

“All contributed in a varsity game, and I wanted to reward them for practicing for a year and only playing for five weeks,” he said.

Headlining the awards were junior pitcher Izzy Wells, named team MVP for her stellar work both in the pitcher’s circle and at the plate.

Seniors Mollie Bailey and Chelsea Prescott were tabbed as the Offensive MVP and Defensive MVP, respectively.

Mollie Bailey paced the Wolves in almost every offensive category. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

 

Other awards:

Rookie of the Year — Maya Nottingham

Most Improved — River Ozturk

Spirit of the Wolf — Coral Caveness

Coaches Award — Bella Whalen

Captains — Chelsea Prescott, Mollie Bailey

Four-Year Awards — Ivy Leedy, Coral Caveness, Mollie Bailey, Chelsea Prescott

 

Sophomore Bella Whalen swung a big bat in her Wolf debut, earning the Coaches Award. (Jackie Saia photo)

 

Letter winners:

Mollie Bailey
Elisa Caroppo
Karyme Castro
Coral Caveness
Jackie Contreras
Gwen Gustafson
Ivy Leedy
Lily Leedy
Allie Lucero
Maya Lucero
Lacy McCraw-Shirron
Heidi Meyers
Allison Nastali
Melanie Navarro
Maya Nottingham
River Ozturk
Sofia Peters
Chelsea Prescott
Jill Prince
Audrianna Shaw
Mckenna Somes
Kylie Van Velkinburgh
Izzy Wells
Bella Whalen

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A Coupeville softball player works on her swing. (Jennifer Marzocca photos)

Chloe Marzocca’s mitt, perfect for the Age of Coronavirus.

“Two outs, one swing to win it all.”

Bring your bats, gloves, and masks.

After a spring lost to Covid-19, Central Whidbey Little League is back in business, with plans to play games between April and June.

There are some pandemic restrictions in place, but the hope is to get a complete season in the books.

Schedules have been set for Minors and Rookies Baseball, as well as Minors and Juniors softball, all of which can be found below.

The T-Ball season is set to run from May 10 to June 18, but the schedule is still being tinkered on.

There is a MANDATORY parent/family meeting Saturday, April 17 at Rhododendron Park (1 PM) for everyone involved in T-Ball.

CWLL is also still seeking T-Ball coaches, and umpires for Juniors and Minors Softball and Minors Baseball.

If interested, contact centralwhidbeyll@gmail.com.

 

Schedules:

 

BASEBALL – MINORS:

Mon-April 12 — South Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Mon-April 19 — @ South Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Sat-April 24 — @ North Whidbey 1 — (11:00)
Mon-April 26 — South Whidbey 2 — (6:00)
Sat-May 1 — North Whidbey 3 — (11:00)
Mon-May 3 — @ South Whidbey 2 — (6:00)
Sat-May 8 — @ North Whidbey 2 — (2:00)
Mon-May 10 — South Whidbey 3 — (6:00)
Mon-May 17 — @ South Whidbey 3 — (6:00)
Sat-May 22 — North Whidbey 1 — (1:00)
Wed-May 26 — South Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Mon-June 7 — South Whidbey 2 — (6:00)

 

BASEBALL – ROOKIES:

Wed-April 21 — @ South Whidbey 1
Fri-April 23 — @ South Whidbey 4
Mon-April 26 — South Whidbey 3
Wed-April 28 — South Whidbey 2
Mon-May 3 — South Whidbey 1
Wed-May 5 — South Whidbey 4
Fri-May 7 — @ South Whidbey 3
Mon-May 10 — @ South Whidbey 2
Fri-May 14 — @ South Whidbey 1
Mon-May 17 — @ South Whidbey 4
Wed-May 19 — South Whidbey 3
Fri-May 21 — South Whidbey 2
Wed-May 26 — South Whidbey 5

 

SOFTBALL – JUNIORS:
* = Doubleheader

Mon-May 3 — @ North Whidbey — (6:00)
Sat-May 8 — @ South Skagit 2 — (11:00)*
Mon-May 10 — North Whidbey — (6:00)
Sat-May 15 — @ South Skagit 1 — (11:00)*
Mon-May 17 — @ North Whidbey — (6:00)
Sat-May 22 — South Skagit 2 — (11:00)*
Mon-May 24 — North Whidbey — (6:00)
Wed-May 26 — @ North Whidbey — (6:00)
Sat-June 5 — @ South Skagit 1 — (11:00)*
Mon-June 7 — North Whidbey — (6:00)
Sat-June 12 — South Skagit 1 — (11:00)*

 

SOFTBALL – MINORS:

Tue-April 13 — South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-April 16 — @ North Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Tue-April 20 — @ South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-April 23 — North Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Tue-April 27 — South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-April 30 — North Whidbey 2 — (6:00)
Tue-May 4 — @ South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-May 7 — @ North Whidbey 2 — (6:00)
Tue-May 11 — South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-May 14 — @ North Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Tue-May 18 — @ South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-May 21 — North Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Tue-May 25 — South Whidbey — (6:00)
Tue-June 1 — @ South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-June 4 — @ North Whidbey 2 — (6:00)
Tue-June 8 — South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-June 11 — North Whidbey 2 — (6:00)

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