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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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Mia Farris picked up Central Whidbey’s lone RBI Sunday, as the Hammerheads fell to Shoreline and were eliminated from the state tourney. (Jackie Saia photos)

Chloe Marzocca scored one of her team’s two runs on the afternoon.

This is just the start for Brionna Blouin and Co.

The season has come to a close, but the dream has just been sparked.

A 13-2 loss to Shoreline Sunday at the state tourney in Poulsbo eliminated the Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball squad.

But while they’re headed back to Coupeville after going two and out at the big dance, the Hammerheads will have much to be thrilled about when they look back.

Central Whidbey finished a stellar 17-4, outscored foes 295-105, and showed class and talent while frequently facing-off with rivals with much-deeper rosters.

At both districts and the state tournament, most of the teams were true all-star squads, with players selected from multiple leagues.

With the Hammerheads, there was 12 girls — the same young women who played during the regular season — three coaches, and a vocal, supportive fan base.

All for one, and one for all, and the future of Coupeville softball just gets brighter and brighter.

The high school squad made it to state this spring, punching its ticket for the first time in five years.

Once there, the Wolves KO’d highly-ranked Deer Park, came within a play or two of upending Cle Elum, and hung with eventual state champ Montesano as much as anyone did.

You take that group, and it only loses three seniors, then you add players from the CWLL Juniors team, which finished 13-1 this spring, and the roster is loaded, the program is booming.

And now, coming up hot on their heels will be the Hammerhead players, who are tearing things up before many of them even hit middle school.

It’s an exciting time for softball in Cow Town, and it’s only going to get better.

Which is why, though they are surely saddened by losing Sunday, the Hammerheads should walk tall as they return to The Rock.

Facing a very-strong Shoreline team, Central Whidbey got the first punch in, and it was a solid one.

Lead-off hitter Savina Wells spanked a triple to center, then zinged home with the game’s first score when Mia Farris cracked a hard grounder to second.

Unfortunately, the three-bagger would be the one and only hit the Hammerheads would collect on the afternoon, and they only got a handful of runners aboard.

Chloe Marzocca bombed a ball off the right-fielder’s glove in the second inning, reaching on the resulting error.

After a steal of third, she came flying home on a passed ball to round out the Central scoring.

Other than those two brief moments, however, the Hammerheads were held to a pair of walks, as Taylor Brotemarkle and Jada Heaton eked out free passes, but were stranded on the bags.

Shoreline, on the other hand, reached base often, using an assortment of hits, walks, and Central Whidbey errors to push a steady string of runners across the plate.

Four runs in the bottom of the first gave them the lead, another five in the second stretched the margin out to 9-2, and a final four-spot in the third assured the mercy rule would end the game early.

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Coach Kim Brotemarkle does Teagan Calkin’s hair Saturday before the Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball squad opened the state tourney. (Jackie Saia photos)

Chloe Marzocca photo-bombs Hammerhead moms Jennifer Marzocca (left) and Jennifer McDavid-Heaton.

The Hammerheads enjoy their time in Poulsbo.

First-baseman Mia Farris played strongly on defense in her team’s opener.

Brionna Blouin (left) and Savina Wells wait for the action to get hoppin’.

They walked right into a buzzsaw.

The Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball squad opened the state tournament Saturday in Poulsbo, and it became apparent quickly why its opponent, tourney host North Kitsap, had qualified for the 10-team draw.

Pounding out 13 hits, while limiting the Hammerheads to just three walks and no base-knocks, North Kitsap cruised in with a 12-1 win in a game called after four innings.

While the loss drops Central Whidbey to 17-3 on the season, Coupeville’s all-stars are still alive in the double-elimination royal rumble, and will play 3 PM Sunday in a loser-out game.

The state tourney runs through July 7.

North Kitsap, which was playing as the road team, jumped on Central for six runs in the top of the first, then added four more in the second, before tacking on a final two-spot in the third.

The Hammerheads closed strongly, though, winning both halves of the fourth inning.

In the top of the frame, catcher Brionna Blouin threw out a runner headed to third, delivering the ball right into teammate Madison McMillan’s glove.

That, combined with Hammerhead first-baseman Mia Farris tracking down a pop-up in foul territory, then making an unassisted put-out on a ground ball, held North Kitsap scoreless.

In their final at-bats, the Hammerheads got a walk from lead-off hitter Savina Wells, then got creative to bring her around to score.

After Wells stole second base, one of two successful thefts on the afternoon for the just-graduated 6th grader, she scampered to third when Farris got aboard thanks to a dropped third strike.

McMillan capped Central’s only rally of the game, when she cracked a RBI ground-out to the Kitsap shortstop, plating Wells with her team’s lone run.

The Hammerheads went down one-two-three in both the second and third, with the first inning the only other time they were able to get much going against very-effective Kitsap hurlers.

Wells and Nastali eked out back-to-back walks to open the bottom of the first, but they both died on the base-paths, as Central was unable to get the key hit it needed to get things really rolling.

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You can’t go to the state tournament with clean windows. It’s tradition. (Photos by Jennifer Marzocca and Jennifer McDavid-Heaton)

Road trip!

The Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball team is off to Poulsbo, where they kick off the state tourney Saturday afternoon.

But, before the District 11 champs head to the 10-team, double-elimination battle royal, car windows had to be prepared.

And so it came to be.

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Chloe Marzocca watches the ball fly far, far away. (Photos by Jackie Saia)

Foot firmly on the bag, Mia Farris beats the runner by a mile.

Madison McMillan has been a big-time cruncher at the plate for a high-scoring Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball squad.

Hammerhead catcher Brionna Blouin slaps the tag on a runner who maybe wishes she had stayed at third.

Jada Heaton looks down for the sign.

Slick-fielding Allison Nastali scoops up everything in the vicinity.

Hammerhead shortstop Taylor “The Beast” Brotemarkle unleashes the full fury of her nuclear-powered throwing arm.

Teagan Calkins dares the pitcher to try and throw the ball past her. “I will murder the freakin’ ball, lady, murder it!!”

We’re under 70 hours until the big dance kicks off.

The Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball squad, carrying a 17-2 record and a District 11 championship, opens play Saturday at the state championships.

The Hammerheads take the field at Snider Field in Poulsbo at 1 PM, facing North Kitsap, District 2 champs and tourney hosts.

Win or lose, Central Whidbey plays again Sunday as its winds its way through the double-elimination bracket.

With a victory over North Kitsap, the Hammerheads would face District 3 champs Montesano at noon.

Fall on day one, and Central Whidbey finds itself in a must-win scenario Sunday at 3:00 against either District 10’s Bonney Lake/Sumner or District 8’s Northeast Seattle.

The tournament stretches all the way out to July 7, with the state champ earning an invite to regionals in California.

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