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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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Katie Marti and Co. are a hot-hitting pack of softball sluggers. (Jackie Saia photo)

Hit ’em hard, hit ’em fast, and keep on hitting ’em.

The Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball squad erupted for six runs in the first inning Monday, launching themselves to a 17-7 home win over arch-rival North Whidbey.

The victory, the sixth-straight for the Hammerheads, lifts them to 6-2 on the season.

Central Whidbey came out swinging hot bats, and never let up, collecting 20 base-knocks spread out amongst 10 batters.

Mia Farris kicked things off in the bottom of the first with a single, then her teammates unloaded six more hits before the frame was done.

The big blows came from back-to-back doubles from Madison McMillan and Taylor Brotemarkle.

After adding a fairly quiet two runs in the second inning, Central Whidbey unleashed the full tsunami in the bottom of the third.

Whacking nine hits, with Teagan Calkins and Savina Wells each coming around to collect two base-knocks apiece, the Hammerheads pushed nine runs across the plate to stretch their lead out to 17-3.

Wells lashed a triple, with Calkins and Farris both punching doubles as Central Whidbey kept its base runners in constant motion.

North Whidbey chipped away at the lead a bit, getting it down to 10 runs, but that was still enough for the game to be called early thanks to the mercy rule.

Wells fired six strikeouts while prowling the pitcher’s circle, while picking up a team-high three RBI and tying McMillan with a game-high four hits.

Calkins, Farris, Brotemarkle, and Katie Marti had two hits apiece, with Jada Heaton, Chloe Marzocca, Mayleen Weatherford, and Allison Nastali all chipping in with a base-knock.

Nine of the 11 Hammerheads players scored, with McMillan, Wells, and Farris all tapping home three times apiece.

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“Give me my bat. Mama has to go wreck some folks.” (Jackie Saia photos)

They brought the big lumber with them.

With all 12 girls on the roster collecting at least one hit Saturday, the Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball squad made life tough for South Skagit 1’s pitchers.

Combining to pound out 33 hits in seven innings of action, the Hammerheads swept to 23-10 and 18-2 wins in Mount Vernon.

With the doubleheader sweep, Central Whidbey runs its winning streak to four straight, and will carry a 4-2 record into a road game with arch-rival North Whidbey Monday night.

Chloe Marzocca swung a big bat Saturday, crushing a triple, while also pitching Central Whidbey to a win.

Everything was humming for the Hammerheads during their doubleheader sweep.

Central Whidbey hurlers Chloe Marzocca and Teagan Calkins — with the latter making her debut in the pitcher’s circle — both whiffed five hitters, while their defense stood up strongly behind them.

Chloe pitched a solid game against a pretty hard-hitting South Skagit Riptide lineup,” said Central Whidbey coach Fred Farris.

Calkins really settled in and pitched great in game two.”

When the ball was put in play, the Hammerhead defenders put good glove on ball, snuffing out any potential rallies.

Savina Wells, using her long reach to her advantage, snagged a liner at second base, then doubled up the runner drifting off the bag at first in the day’s top defensive dazzler.

But it was the Hammerhead bats which truly captivated the audience.

“I got one hit, and I’m coming back for more, sister!!”

Seven Wolves bashed an extra-base hit, led by Wells, who smacked a double and triple, Madison McMillan, who bopped a pair of two-baggers, and Marzocca, who nailed “a rope to deep left” for a resounding triple.

“Everyone hit the ball hard!,” said a proud Fred Farris.

That included the first hits of the season for Allison Nastali, who rejoined her diamond squad after the end of her high school volleyball season.

Mia Farris, using the ancient arts handed down by her dad, “laid down a perfect squeeze bunt” to plate Calkins, while Candace Meek and Anna Steckman both collected their first base-knocks in a Hammerheads uniform.

Anna Steckman is a made woman, after collecting her first base-knock as a Hammerhead.

 

Stats for the day:

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

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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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Katie Marti and Co. spent the weekend at the state little league tourney. (Jackie Saia photos)

Aleksia Jump gets ready to crush the ball.

Mayleen Weatherford is ready for her close-up.

Central Whidbey coach Fred Farris offers words of wisdom to daughter Mia.

The Hammerheads charge to the dugout.

Brionna Blouin (left) and Allison Nastali entertain themselves between games.

Sitting at third after smoking a triple, Savina Wells eyeballs the pitcher.

Christina Jump was part of a loud ‘n proud Hammerhead support crew which made the trip to Poulsbo.

Taylor Brotemarkle slaps the tag on a rival runner, while Nastali backs up the play.

Jada Heaton makes the running catch, while her hat and braids jump for joy.

One state tournament is done, so that means it’s about 363 days until the next one.

The Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball squad roared through the spring of 2019 to the tune of 17-4, winning a district title and going toe-to-toe with Kitsap and Seattle all-star teams at the big dance this weekend.

As the Hammerheads head out for summer vacation, here’s one more photographic time capsule, thanks to team mom/wanderin’ paparazzi Jackie Saia.

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