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Daniel Olson fires the ball in during warm-ups. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Teamwork at its finest.

   Xavier Murdy comes up firing from behind the plate for Coupeville’s Babe Ruth baseball squad.

The brain trust, hard at work.

“Just try and throw it past me, bud, just try…”

Cody Roberts brings the heat.

The (very bright) future of Wolf softball.

Hawthorne Wolfe sets off a dust storm as he slides in with a run.

He wanders here, he wanders there, camera always at the ready.

Tuesday night the sound of ball hitting bat drew John Fisken to the Coupeville High School ball fields, where he snapped the pics seen above.

The photos capture two Central Whidbey Little League teams, a Babe Ruth squad in action against Anacortes and Majors softball players and coaches in their down time.

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   Landon Roberts and the Central Whidbey Little League Majors baseball squad are flying high after back-to-back wins over Oak Harbor. (Stephanie Montgomery photo)

Our game, our Island.

Making a bid for Whidbey dominance, the Central Whidbey Little League Majors baseball squad swept a pair of games, played on two days at two different fields, from the Oak Harbor Mariners.

After escaping with a 7-6 win Tuesday at Windjammer Park, the Wolves came home to Rhodey Thursday and strolled to a 6-2 victory.

The sweep lifts CWLL to 4-3 on the still-young campaign.

“It’s been a good, tough season so far,” said Central coach Jon Roberts. “Learning a lot about the game of baseball and teaching it to 10-13 year-olds.

“We continue to make silly mental errors while playing rather good baseball,” he added. “The bats are starting to come alive as the boys learn to catch up with the faster pitchers.”

In the first match-up the Wolves rallied from a two-run deficit to nab the come-from-behind W.

Levi Pulliam and Landon Roberts shared pitching duties, combining for seven strikeouts and scattering four hits.

CWLL committed seven errors in the game, giving Oak Harbor hope, but the Wolf bats were strong enough to answer the call.

Peyton Caveness led the way, whacking a pair of singles and a double while scampering across home plate to score three times.

Chase Anderson collected three singles, Zane Oldenstandt crunched a huge double and Jack Porter and Landon Roberts each had a base-knock.

While CWLL struggled at times on defense, it came up huge in the game’s crucial moment.

Landon Roberts, patrolling center field for the first time, chased down a rip to right-center and heaved a dart to third to prevent an inside-the-park home run by Conner Cash.

“It turned out to be the difference between extra innings and a win,” said Jon Roberts, his very-relieved dad/coach.

While Tuesday was touch-and-go, Thursday was a beat-down.

Caveness opened with two shutout innings, whiffing four, before Anderson followed with a four-inning, eight-K performance.

CWLL took advantage of a ton of free passes (including several batters being plunked), while peppering in some crucial hits along the way.

Porter and Oldenstandt delivered singles, while Caveness tore the cover off the ball, smoking a single and a triple.

In a side note, Coupeville High School hardball star Dane Lucero, who provides the little league players with a glimpse of what they can one day accomplish, made his debut as an umpire.

He earned praise from Jon Roberts for quickly showing he would be an impartial judge.

Dane did a great job and made a great call at second base when a Wolves player was tagged out in a throw from home with an emphatic OUT with the arm pump!!”

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   Fred Farris has his Central Whidbey Little League Minors softball squad rolling along. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

One run for every birthday candle.

OK, maybe not, but close.

Playing on mom Jennifer’s birthday Wednesday, Chloe Marzocca sparkled in the pitcher’s circle, while her teammates rained down runs in support.

By the time the younger Marzocca and Co. were done, the Central Whidbey Little League Minors softball squad had crushed the host North Whidbey Dragons 15-6.

Chloe Marzocca started and tossed two shut-down innings for the Hammerheads, while Mia Farris came on to close the game with two solid frames of her own.

CWLL scored the maximum five runs in each of the first two innings to roll out to a 10-1 lead and never looked back.

Taylor Brotemarkle, who “played awesome at shortstop” according to coach Fred Farris, paced the Hammerheads with two hits.

She was joined on the hit parade by Teagan Calkins, Madison McMillan, Chloe Marzocca, Mayleen Weatherford and Naosha Rose, who each added a base-knock.

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   Chloe Marzocca and the Central Whidbey Little League Minors softball team are on an early-season roll. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Hammerheads are out for blood.

Thumping teams everywhere they play, the Central Whidbey Little League Minors softball squad is leaving a trail of mauled foes in their wake.

The latest to fall was NW White, which was blown out 18-6 at Volunteer Park in Oak Harbor in a game which “wasn’t as close as the score.”

The Hammerheads split pitching duties between Chloe Marzocca, Mia Farris and Taylor Brotemarkle, who put a final stamp on the game by whiffing all three batters she faced.

“The team was very clean in the field and on the bases,” said CWLL coach Fred Farris. “Everyone contributed.”

Central racked up six hits, with Madison McMillan leading the way with two base-knocks.

Mia Farris, Jada Heaton, Katie Marti and Mayleen Weatherford each added a hit, with Marti and Farris collecting two RBI apiece.

Brotemarkle walked three times, McMillan pilfered three stolen bases and Teagan Calkins filled up the stat sheet with three runs, three steals and two walks (both times being plunked by pitches).

The Hammerheads got something from everyone, with Naosha Rose, Sydney Wallace, Brooke Van Velkinburgh and Hayden Daniel all scoring.

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   Landon Roberts and the Central Whidbey Little League Majors baseball squad knocked off South Whidbey Tuesday in their first game. (Photo courtesy Jon Roberts)

Can’t stop the winning.

Day two of Central Whidbey Little League play was a lot like day one, with the home town squad successfully defending its diamond.

Monday, both CWLL Minors softball and baseball knocked off North Whidbey teams, and Tuesday, it was time for the Majors baseball squad to get its moment in the spotlight.

Fueled by sharp pitching from Chase Anderson and Levi Pulliam and timely hitting from Landon Roberts, Central Whidbey nipped the South Whidbey Shockers 3-1.

CWLL fell behind 1-0 in the early going, then chipped its way back into the game thanks to “excellent base running.”

Central Whidbey benefited from being willing to get a little black and blue as well, with several players getting aboard thanks to being plunked by South Whidbey pitches.

Peyton Caveness, Jonny Porter and Roberts scored for CWLL, while Anderson and Pulliam were spot-on while working on the mound.

The duo combined to whiff seven batters, with Pulliam notching five of those K’s.

“All in all I am very proud of our young Majors team,” said Central coach Jon Roberts. “We knew we would be facing stiff competition after we took the South Whidbey Pope Tourney last spring as Minors.

“We were really excited to see how the boys reacted to much faster pitchers,” he added. “For the most part we did OK, but there is room to improve!”

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