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Taylor Brotemarkle tied for the team lead in RBI as the Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball squad won the District 11 regular-season title. (Jackie Saia photo)

They were a hit machine.

Getting base-knocks from the top of the order to the bottom of the lineup this season, the Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball squad was a group of bash-happy young women.

And it served them well, as the Hammerheads finished 9-3 after sweeping a doubleheader Saturday from South Skagit.

The twin bill at Rhododendron Park was the regular-season finale, as Central Whidbey clinched the District 11 regular-season championship.

For some of the Hammerheads it was the end of the season, while others will join with players from Oak Harbor to form a Whidbey Island All-Stars squad which begins postseason play June 28.

As he basked in the afterglow of a doubleheader sweep and a successful season, CWLL coach Fred Farris reflected on the moment, while also looking ahead.

“Well, that’s a wrap,” he said. “All the girls contributed. So proud of this group and they’ll be fun to watch the next four years in high school!”

How Saturday played out:

 

Game 1:

Central Whidbey busted open a tie game, then went on to mercy-rule South Skagit 20-10.

The Hammerheads went with either feast or famine, scoring nine runs in the first, five in the third, and six to end the game in the bottom of the fifth.

In between, CWLL went scoreless in the second and fourth, yet had the visitors on the edge all game.

Savina Wells drew the start and prowled the pitcher’s circle like she owned the joint, whiffing eight batters en route to the win.

At the plate, the Hammerheads whacked 14 hits, with Jada Heaton bopping a double, Wells smacking a triple, and Mia Farris going big-time with not one, but two, resounding three-baggers.

Both of her triples came off of frozen ropes smoked to the opposite field gaps.

 

Game 2:

More of the same, as Central Whidbey racked up 13 hits and rolled to a 21-9 win which again was halted early thanks to the mercy rule.

This time out, it was all about the two-baggers, with five of those base-knocks being doubles.

Teagan Calkins and Katie Marti, who also “caught a solid two games,” each collected one of the extra-base hits, while Wells was liquid fire, rapping out three doubles as South Skagit had no answer for her electric bat.

Chloe Marzocca and Calkins combined to pitch the game, with Marzocca registering four K’s.

 

Saturday stats:

Teagan Calkins (5 runs, 2 hits, 4 RBI, 5 walks)
Mia Farris
(4 runs, 4 hits, 2 RBI, 1 walk)
Savina Wells
(6 runs, 7 hits, 6 RBI)
Madison McMillan
(5 runs, 2 hits, 1 walk)
Taylor Brotemarkle
(5 runs, 3 hits, 2 RBI, 3 walks)
Jada Heaton
(5 runs, 3 hits, 4 RBI, 3 walks)
Katie Marti
(3 runs, 1 hit, 2 RBI, 3 walks)
Chloe Marzocca
(4 runs, 3 hits, 4 RBI, 1 walk)
Candace Meek
(2 runs, 1 RBI, 2 walks)
Anna Steckman
(1 walk)
Mayleen Weatherford
(2 runs, 2 hits, 1 RBI, 1 walk)

 

Season stat leaders:

Plate appearances — Mia Farris (51)
At-Bats — Savina Wells (44)
Batting average — Savina Wells (.705)
Hits — Savina Wells (31)
Doubles — Madison McMillan (9)
Triples — Savina Wells (6)
Runs — Savina Wells (31)
RBI — Taylor Brotemarkle and Savina Wells (23)
Walks — Teagan Calkins (11)
Hit by pitch — Madison McMillan (5)
On-Base Percentage — Madison McMillan (.760)
Stolen bases — Jada Heaton (32)

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Stella Johnson, with mom Mimi Iverson, is enjoying a successful sophomore softball season at Boyle County High School in Kentucky. (Photo courtesy Iverson)

Johnson and a teammate hoist some hardware after winning a district title. (Photo property Boyle County softball)

One of Coupeville’s best continues to kill it, halfway across the country.

Stella Johnson, who was a key player on a Central Whidbey Little League softball team which went to state in 2017, lives and plays in Danville, Kentucky these days.

A sophomore at Boyle County High School, she’s a vital part of a Rebels squad which just won a district championship, and now opens regionals this Saturday.

Johnson and Co. beat Garrard County 2-0 in the championship game of the District 45 tournament.

The Rebels, sitting at 24-6 on the season, open regional play against McCreary Central, needing three wins in as many days to clinch another title.

Johnson is in her second season on the Boyle County roster, having made her debut as an 8th grader.

Her hopes of being a five-year varsity high school player were snatched away, however, when the pandemic erased spring sports last year.

After scoring 16 runs and swiping three bases as an 8th grader for a team which advanced to state, Johnson has racked up 13 runs, six stolen bases, and three RBI in her second go-round for the Rebels.

Stella is the daughter of former Coupeville High School great Mimi Iverson, and is following in the athletic footsteps of older brother Elliott, who found success as a competitive bass fisher after the family’s move to Kentucky.

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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:

President
Vice President
Player Agent
Treasurer
Secretary
Safety Officer
Communications Director
Concession Stand Organizer (*May be filled but could use assistance*)
Umpire Organizer
Field Prep
Equipment/Purchasing
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.

Respectfully,

Your 2021 CWLL Board of Directors

 

For more info on CWLL:

Home (centralwhidbeylittleleague.com)

 

To contact the CWLL, email:

centralwhidbeyll@gmail.com

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Taylor Brotemarkle drove in five runs Wednesday, part of a 14-hit, 18-run explosion for the red-hot Hammerheads. (Jackie Saia photo)

Pull the whistle, cause the freight train is running folks over.

Slamming out 14 hits Wednesday night, the Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball squad roared from behind to claim an 18-12 road win over arch-rival North Whidbey.

With the victory, the Hammerheads push their winning streak to seven games and counting, and carry a 7-2 record into an extended break.

Central Whidbey is off until June 6, when it hosts South Skagit for a doubleheader.

Wednesday night they jumped on North Whidbey early, fell behind, then unleashed the full might of their bats to reclaim control of the game.

“Girls gutted it out,” said CWLL coach Fred Farris. “(Pitcher) Savina (Wells) battled hard against their really good lineup.

“My hat’s off to her for finding the physical and mental fortitude to play seven games in seven days between softball and basketball.”

Five runs in the top of the first got things off to a festive start for Central Whidbey.

Mia Farris started the mini-explosion with a one-out walk, followed by a single off the bat of Wells, then the Hammerheads really started painting using every part of the field.

Madison McMillan bashed an RBI double to center, with Taylor Brotemarkle smacking an RBI single to right, and Chloe Marzocca scorching an RBI single to left.

North Whidbey scraped their way back, however, putting up two runs in the bottom half of the first, before tacking on five in the second to surge ahead 7-5.

The Hammerheads got one run back, but should have had more.

Teagan Calkins led off the top of the second with a triple, but never made it home as North Whidbey’s defense clamped down.

Things went a little better with the same situation in the third, with McMillan blasting a leadoff triple, then sauntering home to score on an RBI single from Katie Marti.

With North Whidbey pushing two runs across in the third, the Hammerheads came to bat in the top of the fourth trailing 9-6, but showing no panic.

Instead, Central Whidbey’s bash queens blistered the ball to the tune of nine runs in the frame, turning a thriller into a rout.

The Hammerheads mixed five hits and five walks (including Mayleen Weatherford being plunked) to create the extravaganza of runs, with nearly everyone in the lineup chipping in.

Candace Meek led off with a single, with Marti, Calkins, and Mia Farris all whomping two-baggers in support.

Up 15-9, Central cruised in from there for the win, with Wells holding North Whidbey down with precision pitching, while her defense played lights-out behind her.

The Hammerheads spread their offense around, with eight of 11 batters getting a base-knock, and nine of 11 scoring.

With seven of the 14 hits being of the extra-base variety, Central’s coaching staff came away suitably impressed with their ferocious lineup.

Marzocca and Calkins both had liners which were ripped out of a cannon, but it was McMillan who truly wowed the gathered crowd.

She lashed a double and two triples, walked twice, and came around to score all five times.

Better yet, her big blows put the absolute fear of God into rival pitchers in three states.

Madison’s triples would have both been over our fence (at Rhododendron Park),” Fred Farris said. “The second one hit half way up their “gray monster,” which is 220 feet (away) and 12 feet high.”

When McMillan wasn’t penning her epic tale, her teammates ably helped her cause.

Wells (three singles), Calkins (2B, 3B), Marti (1B, 2B), Farris (2B), Meek (1B), Marzocca (1B), and Brotemarkle (1B) all put the ball where the defense wasn’t.

Meanwhile Jada Heaton walked twice and scored both times, Weatherford and Anna Steckman made solid contributions, and Brotemarkle was raking, picking up a team-high five RBI.

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