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It takes a village to raise ball players.

With a lot of help from the community, Central Whidbey Little League roared back to life this spring, jumping from 81 participants back up to 118.

That reflects baseball and softball players ranging in age from 4-12 and shows a marked improvement as the world continues to come out of a pandemic.

CWLL President Gordon McMillan offered big thanks to the Island County Parks and Rec Department, which handles maintenance and grooming of Coupeville’s Rhododendron Park.

“We call Rhododendron our ‘field of dreams’,” he said.

McMillan also thanked the league’s many volunteers and paid tribute to local businesses which “so generously contributed to our just concluded and very successful 2022 season.”

 

CWLL sponsors:

Front Street Realty
Heritage Bank
Home Depot
Island Title and Escrow
Iverson Insurance Company
Kapaw’s Iskreme
OLF Storage
Penn Cove Vet
Prairie Center Market
Red’s Roofing and Construction
Salon Blue
Snakelum Point Investments
Sunshine Drip
Terra Firma Wealth Management
Whidbey Natural Pet
Wood Bee Construction

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Capri Anter, ready to destroy the hopes and dreams of rival pitchers. (Allison Scarpo photos)

The final game doesn’t tell the entire story.

The Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball squad is a high-flying group of talented young women, with bright diamond futures ahead of them.

So, while Thursday’s season-ending 28-9 loss to a red-hot Sedro-Woolley squad hurts, it’s a bump in the road, and not the end of the journey.

The Wolves, who finish 13-6 this season after being knocked out of the District 11 tourney, will be back.

Central Whidbey won’t be going to the state championships this time — Sedro claims that ticket thanks to Thursday’s win at Rhododendron Park — but the prairie powerhouses have much to look forward to in years to come.

“The girls came a long way this year and will continue to develop,” said Wolf coach Aaron Lucero. “Excited to see them grow in the future.

“Always tough when a season ends – that part never changes, but we’ll get there.”

“And just where do you think you’re going?!?!”

Central Whidbey beat Sedro during the regular season, but the visitors were locked-in during what turned into an elimination game.

“Sedro has a good core, including solid pitching, fielding, and hitting,” Lucero said. “Hats off to them.”

Lucero and fellow Wolf coach Lark Gustafson also work with the Coupeville High School softball program, and the hope is for the CWLL players to keep moving upwards together, rung by rung.

The diamond guru praised his players, and their families, for their work and commitment.

“Families (were) all supportive,” Lucero said. “Really one of the best groups of parents I’ve ever had, and I think this is my 15th year coaching.”

One team, one dream.

Thursday’s game wasn’t a blowout until the end, as Central Whidbey hung tough through the first two innings.

The Wolves pushed across a pair of runs in the first, then plated seven runners in the second, trailing just 12-9 at that point.

The killer was the third frame, however, as Sedro erupted for 16 runs, eventually forcing the mercy rule to be enacted.

Haylee Armstrong and Capri Anter paced Central Whidbey, both scoring twice, while Sydney Van Dyke, Adeline Maynes, Alison Powers, Cameron Van Dyke, and Emma Cushman also tapped home plate.

Michelle Michaud, Chelsi Stevens, Rhylin Price, Ava Lucero, and Amelia Crowder complete the Wolf roster.

“On to next season!”

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“We’re coming for all the wins! All of them, I said!!” (Allison Scarpo photos)

Adeline Maynes fires a laser.

They’re still very much in it to win it.

The Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball squad rallied Wednesday on its home field, crushing South Skagit 20-10 in a loser-out game at the District 11 all-star tournament.

The victory eliminates Skagit and sends the Wolves into the championship round for a rematch with Sedro-Woolley, which it lost to Tuesday.

Central Whidbey needs to win back-to-back games Thursday and Friday to earn a trip to the state tourney, while Sedro can get to the big dance with one more victory.

All games are set for Rhododendron Park, with 6 PM starts.

The Wolves attacked early and often against Skagit, raining down 10 hits while also eking out a steady series of walks.

Sydney Van Dyke slammed a double for the game’s big blow, with Capri Anter and Adeline Maynes both picking up a pair of singles.

Also collecting base-knocks were Ava Lucero, Rhylin Price, Emma Cushman, Cameron Van Dyke, and Amelia Crowder.

Chelsi Stevens dares the pitcher to try and get one past her.

Nine different Wolves scored, with Anter (4), Mayne (3), and the Van Dyke sisters (3 each) leading the way.

Haylee Armstrong and Lucero both tapped the plate twice apiece, with Chelsi Stevens, Price, and Cushman also coming around to score.

Alison Powers and Michelle Michaud round out the 12-player Wolf roster.

Stars of today, stars of tomorrow.

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The sluggers repping Kapaws kick off a series of light-hearted Central Whidbey Little League team pics. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Little league season is going strong, even between the frequent bursts of rain.

On one of those rare non-wet days, wanderin’ photographer John Fisken ended up down in Coupeville, and the photos above and below are courtesy him.

They capture the lighter side of things in between the more-serious team photos.

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It’s almost time for the high, hard cheese to be served. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Spring creeps ever closer.

While snow and frost are making a comeback, the promise of baseball and softball season is on the horizon.

With that in mind, Central Whidbey Little League is making a push to get as many kids signed up as possible, while also remaining on the lookout for adults willing to volunteer as coaches and umpires.

You don’t need any prior experience, as the CWLL will provide training, which is described as “not too intensive.”

The final day of registration for players is Friday, Mar. 4.

To sign up your kids, pop over to:

https://www.centralwhidbeylittleleague.com/Default.aspx?tabid=945573

If you have questions or are interested in coaching or making “safe” and “out” calls, you can contact the CWLL at centralwhidbeyll@gmail.com.

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