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

“That was a fun day of softball!”

Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball coach Fred Farris has seen more than a few games in his lifetime, but Saturday’s doubleheader in Mount Vernon was a special treat.

His Hammerheads squad ultimately split a pair of games with South Skagit, falling 9-7 in the opener, before rallying for a stunning 17-16 win in extra innings in the nightcap.

With the split, Central Whidbey improves to 1-2 on the season, with its first home game at Rhododendron Park set for this coming Monday.

How Saturday played out:

 

Game 1:

Savina Wells was back in the pitcher’s circle after missing her team’s opener with an injury and was firing BB’s, striking out 11 South Skagit sluggers.

Central Whidbey jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead, before a few defensive miscues hurt the cause.

Trailing 6-2 after two innings, the Hammerheads stormed back to tie things up at 6-6, but South Skagit proved wily and put together a three-run bottom of the sixth to take the win.

Mia Farris, Madison McMillan, and Katie Marti led the hit parade, each whacking a pair of base-knocks.

McMillan crunched a double and triple, with her three-bagger “a majestic fly ball that would have been 30 feet over our left field fence (at home),” while Wells also tripled.

Send out your best pitchers, cause Madison McMillan is here to do some damage.

 

Game 2:

Hammerheads hurlers Chloe Marzocca and Wells combined to whiff 10 hitters in a game which took wild swings on the scoreboard.

Down 14-7, Central Whidbey scored nine unanswered runs to carry a 16-14 lead into the bottom of the seventh, and (supposedly) final inning.

While South Skagit scraped out two runs in the final frame, giving the fans free softball, it was time for the Hammerheads to shine in extra innings.

Jada Heaton began the top of the eighth perched on second, then ran her opponents ragged.

First she stole third, before scampering home with what would prove to be the winning run on a groundout off the bat of Marzocca.

Things got dramatic in the bottom of the inning, but in a good way.

South Skagit also got a runner at second to begin, but Wells snapped off liquid heat, whiffing the first two hitters to come to the plate.

With the game on the line, a pitch got away from Central catcher Katie Marti for a half-second, but the granddaughter of former CHS football legend Paul Messner promptly wrote her own stirring chapter of athletic success.

Katie made a perfect retrieval of a passed ball and then a no-look flip to Savina for the game-ending out!,” exclaimed an amped-up Fred Farris. “As gutty a win as I’ve ever been a part of!”

Katie Marti, upholding the family tradition of athletic excellence.

 

Stats for the day:

Teagan Calkins (one run, one hit)
Mia Farris (six runs, five hits, two RBI, two walks)
Savina Wells (six runs, four hits, four RBI, two walks)
Madison McMillan (two runs, four hits, two RBI)
Chloe Marzocca (two runs, two RBI, three walks)
Mayleen Weatherford (one hit, one RBI, one walk)
Taylor Brotemarkle (two runs, three hits, four RBI, one walk)
Jada Heaton (three runs, two hits)
Candace Meek (two RBI, two walks)
Anna Steckman (one run, one walk)
Katie Marti (one run, five hits)

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Coupeville High School softball won’t play Friday, as La Conner has put its program on hold for two weeks after a positive COVID case. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The pandemic has scrambled the schedule again.

Coupeville High School was set to host La Conner Friday for a softball doubleheader, but the games have been postponed after the Braves reported a positive COVID case on their team.

A baseball doubleheader between the two schools the same day remains on the schedule, with the first pitch planned for 3 PM in Cow Town.

La Conner’s softball team will be out for two weeks, with no practice or games.

“We will work with them upon their return to fill their schedule and get their kids the opportunity to have as much of a full season as possible,” said CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith.

“I have no details other than it’s a positive case and it is horrible news for the La Conner kids, coaches, families, and community.”

Coupeville softball, which is 2-0 on the season, will have an extra day off before it hosts Orcas Island Saturday afternoon.

Along with the postponed doubleheader, the Wolves have one other meeting with La Conner (0-2) on their schedule — a road trip April 3 for the season finale.

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Sarah Wright, seen in her CHS days, leads her college softball team in most offensive categories. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

She’s in there fighting.

Coupeville grad Sarah Wright found some success on the softball field Saturday in Tennessee, even if her college team didn’t.

Despite picking up a hit, a walk, and an RBI, the former Wolf found herself on the losing end of things, as Sewanee: The University of the South dropped a home doubleheader to Georgia’s Berry College.

The Tigers rallied from five runs down in the opener, and had the tying run on base in the final inning, thanks to Wright, but were edged 6-5.

Game two wasn’t quite as much fun, as Berry crushed the ball in a 15-0 win called after five innings.

The losses drop Sewanee to 1-3 as it begins its comeback from the pandemic shutdown.

The Tigers will be off for two weeks now, hosting a doubleheader against Centre College of Kentucky March 20.

Currently, Sewanee has a 10-game schedule, with only home games.

Through the first four of those contests, Wright has been at the forefront of the Tiger offense.

The catcher leads her squad in on-base percentage (.538), and is tied for first in hits (4), RBI (2), and walks (3).

She’s second in batting average (.400) and third in slugging percentage (.400).

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Sarah Wright has been a softball success at every level she’s played. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The hits keep coming.

Coupeville grad Sarah Wright picked up two more base-knocks Sunday, and the former Wolf continues to swing a hot bat during her freshman softball season at Sewanee: The University of the South.

The Tennessee-based Tigers dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, but remain competitive despite playing with a very-thin roster.

Sewanee was edged 1-0 in a pitcher’s duel in Sunday’s opener, then fell 9-3 in the nightcap, dropping their record to 2-8 on the season.

The Tigers return to Georgia this coming Tuesday, February 25, when they play a doubleheader against Covenant College (0-4) at Lookout Mountain.

Facing off with Wesleyan, Wright picked up a pair of singles and scored a run in game two while hitting out of the cleanup spot in the lineup.

The former CHS star also caught both games, and has started all 10 contests during her first go-around as a college player.

Sewanee has a 40-game regular-season schedule.

At the quarter mark, Wright is hitting .267 with eight hits (including a three-run home run), six RBI, two walks, and a .367 slugging percentage.

She leads the Tigers in RBI’s, is tied for #1 in home runs, and is second on the squad in hits, total bases (11), and slugging percentage.

During her Coupeville days, Wright was the Valedictorian for the Class of 2019, while playing soccer, volleyball, basketball, and softball.

The ever-energetic one capped her illustrious prairie career by helping lead CHS softball back to the state tourney during her senior season, only the third time the Wolf sluggers have made the trip in 41 seasons.

In between running wild through the parking lots in Richland last spring, tempting wayward seagulls with sandwiches, Wright rapped five hits across three games in her prep swan song.

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Josh Upchurch and the Coupeville C-Team split a doubleheader Saturday. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Chris Cernick had himself a day.

Drafted to help fill out the roster for a depleted Coupeville High School boys C-Team basketball squad, the Wolf big man responded in a big way.

Throwing down 35 points across two games, Cernick helped the Wolves KO host Granite Falls, and come within a play or two of toppling Sultan as well.

With the rare doubleheader split, Coupeville, which only had seven players to call on Saturday, improves to 2-8 on the season.

“We are growing,” said CHS coach Patrick Upchurch of his very-young squad. “Off-season will be big for some of these guys. It is only a matter of time.”

How the day played out:

 

Sultan:

Coupeville started strong and finished strong, but a little bit of a letdown in the middle cost it in a narrow 43-37 loss.

The Wolves jumped out to a 13-10 lead after one quarter, with five players tossing in a bucket.

Cernick led the way, pumping in five of his team-high 14, but CHS couldn’t hold on to the early advantage.

Sultan used 12-6 and 12-5 runs in the next two frames to turn the tide of the game, before Coupeville closed with a 13-9 surge in the fourth quarter.

Josh Upchurch and Dominic Coffman each banked in six points in support of Cernick, while Ty Hamilton popped for five.

Brayden Coatney (4) and Coen Killian (2) also scored, while Alex Wasik was aces on defense.

 

Granite Falls:

Cernick and Coffman combined to toss in 35 points as the Wolf C-Team set a season scoring mark in a 52-44 win over the day’s host.

Coupeville actually trailed for half of the game, staying close but finding itself down 12-8 after one quarter and 20-18 at the half.

Things changed after the break, however, as the Wolves more than doubled their output in the third quarter, using a 19-12 run fueled by six points apiece from Coffman and Cernick to claim the lead.

From there, CHS closed out the win by letting their big guy in the middle go to town.

Cernick wrapped up a career-best 21-point performance by throwing down nine points in the fourth, while Wasik, Coffman, and Hamilton added a bucket apiece.

Coffman finished with 14 in the game, while Coatney (8), Wasik (5), and Hamilton (4) rounded out the torrid offensive explosion.

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