Posts Tagged ‘baseball’

Coupeville grad Joey Lippo sports a llama on his baseball cap this summer. (Photo courtesy Connie Lippo)

It’s a fulltime job.

Coupeville High School grad Joey Lippo is out of school, but still at work on the diamond.

Fresh off his first season of playing baseball for the University of Maine at Presque Isle, the former Wolf is spending a chunk of his summer hefting a wood bat in the Cascade Collegiate League.

The six-team conference gives NCAA and NAIA players an opportunity to play a 24-game schedule from June 11-August 8.

Lippo, along with UMPI teammate Bailey Corley, suits up for the Lynnwood Llamas, who are 6-0 after opening with three-game sweeps of the Salem Salamanders and Seattle Sea Turtles.

Other teams in the CCL include the Snoqualmie Chinooks, Portland Prairie Dogs, and Burlington Barn Owls.

League opponents gather at one central location, such as Hoquiam, each weekend during the eight-week season.

The season is capped with a weekend of postseason play the first week of August.

The Llamas feature a 22-man roster, with players plucked from schools such as Iowa Wesleyan, Air Force, UMPI, and Everett and Lower Columbia Community Colleges.

Lynnwood opened by sweeping the Salamanders 5-1, 10-3, and 7-1, before keeping its win streak alive with 8-6, 7-2, and 9-6 victories over the Sea Turtles.

Lippo is fourth on the team in hitting, smacking the ball at a .364 clip, while playing error-free ball in center field.

He’s also pitched in one game so far this season, scattering two hits in a relief appearance.

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Little League picture day always brings out the best in players. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Give a little to get a lot.

When ever-wanderin’ photographer to the stars John Fisken snaps team pics, he always takes a couple of goofy ones in return for (hopefully) getting a straight one.

The glossy snaps seen above and below capture some of the many players who have suited up for Central Whidbey Little League softball and baseball teams this season.

Want to see more of Fisken’s work? Pop over to:

John’s Photos (johnsphotos.net)


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

Coupeville’s Rhododendron Park is a jewel among local little league facilities.

But, unless new volunteers step up to keep Central Whidbey Little League humming along, parents of softball and baseball players may spend more time driving North and South than enjoying their own diamonds.

That’s the reality, as CWLL will lose most of its board at the conclusion of this season, with the children and grandchildren of current volunteers “aging out” and moving on to high school ball.

League officials are putting out the call for fresh blood, with the promise current volunteers will help prepare newbies for what awaits them.

The statement released Thursday by CWLL President Gordon McMillan:


Good Morning!

We are reaching out to all of you with the hopes that you will consider getting more involved with Central Whidbey Little League.

As we are winding down the 2021 season, it is now time to look forward … to next season and beyond.

Yes, it may seem a bit early, but your current board is concerned about next season and feel it is imperative to share our thoughts with you.

Your current board is presently made up of approximately 10-12 active members.

And, the majority will be leaving the board after this season as our kids and grandkids will be ‘aging out’.

Our kids will no longer be eligible to play little league baseball/softball.

Most of our kids and grandkids will be involved with high school athletics/events/clubs in some form or another, and we will be wanting to watch and participate in those events with them.

What does this mean?

Quite frankly, without new volunteers to fill these positions, CWLL may have a very challenging situation and may face some very difficult and painful decisions.

This includes players/families may have to apply to participate in the North Whidbey and/or the South Whidbey leagues IF these leagues will allow.

Board positions that will be vacant at the end of this season:

Vice President
Player Agent
Safety Officer
Communications Director
Concession Stand Organizer (*May be filled but could use assistance*)
Umpire Organizer
Field Prep
Sponsorship/Donations (*May be filled but could use assistance*)

CWLL usually begins ‘gearing up’ for the new season with monthly (Zoom at this time) meetings in September and then weekly meetings after the first of the year going through early April.

Then back to every other week until the end of the season.

Some of your 2021 board has volunteered to assist/teach/guide, but will be unable to ‘take the lead’ so they can be involved with their high schoolers.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will respond at once.

Thank you very much for your consideration.


Your 2021 CWLL Board of Directors


For more info on CWLL:

Home (centralwhidbeylittleleague.com)


To contact the CWLL, email:


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Little League action is heating up. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The uniforms say North and South Whidbey, but some of the players are from Central Whidbey.

So, thanks to that Coupeville-related loophole, we have glossy pics from a little league Majors baseball game in which both teams were the Mariners.

Confused? Yes, you are.

Anyways, the pics are courtesy wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken, and you can see (and buy) many more photos here:

BB 2021-05-13 Major CWLL at NWLL – John’s Photos (johnsphotos.net)


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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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