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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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Maddy Hilkey had eight points, three blocks and two rebounds in a win Tuesday. (John Fisken photo)

   Maddy Hilkey had eight points, three blocks and two rebounds in a win Tuesday. (John Fisken photos)

Lauren Rose

   Wolves (l to r) Sarah Wright, Skyler Lawrence and Lauren Rose all had big games against Chimacum.

Vengeance is theirs.

Getting some payback for the only 1A Olympic League loss they have suffered in a season-and-a-half, the Coupeville High School JV girls’ basketball squad rallied in the second half Tuesday and bounced visiting Chimacum 38-31.

The win lifted the young Wolves to 6-8 overall, 4-1 in league play.

Trailing by five at the half, Coupeville clamped down on defense after the break, closing the game on a 22-10 surge that brought a smile to coach Amy King’s face.

“After our loss against the Cowboys last time, we prepared, working on our offenses and getting stronger with the ball,” she said. “Last night in practice we worked on a lot of shooting, driving the ball and rebounding.

“The girls did an excellent job of taking what they worked on into this game.”

The Wolves changed things up this time around, swapping out their normal zone defense for a man-to-man.

Then, just when the Cowboys thought they knew what was coming, wham, King brought the zone back in the second half and Chimacum crumbled under the pressure.

“Did we play with more purpose this time? Yes!,” King said. “We had Lauren (Rose) back (she was out sick the first time the teams met) and she did a nice job moving the ball and moving up the court quickly.

Ashlie (Shank) and Maddy (Hilkey) helped her out while Skyler (Lawrence) was so strong on defense and offense and Sarah (Wright) was in her own Wolf version of Beast Mode.”

Lawrence dropped in three shots in a row at one point, while running mate Allison Wenzel “was fighting for rebounds and put backs” on every play, helping to fuel the Wolf attack.

Up by one with eight minutes to go, Coupeville kept Chimacum guessing by constantly changing up defenses on the fly.

“We continued that positive energy, going from zone to man to zone,” King said. “Got open shots and attacked the basket more than we had earlier.

“It was all about heart and wanting the game more than Chimacum.”

Hilkey and Lawrence paced the Wolves with eight points apiece, while Wenzel knocked down six and Brittany Powers popped for five. Wright (4), Rose (3), Shank (2) and Nicole Lester (2) all scored as well.

Wright tore up the joint, wrestling down a game-high 15 rebounds while also soundly rejecting five Chimacum shots.

Lawrence and Wenzel snagged eight boards apiece, with Powers (3), Shank (2) and Hilkey (2) glomming on to the leftover caroms. Hilkey also had a season-high three blocks.

“Do we still have work to do?,” King asked. “Yes, definitely. Less turnovers, more comfortable breaking a press and a little more work on man defense.

“But all in all, it was a well deserved win.”

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