Posts Tagged ‘little league’

“We’re going to state!” (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

“But first, time to snatch a Slurpee, if I hurry!!”

Slap back a Slurpee and help support some of Whidbey’s best little league diamond dandies.

The Oak Harbor 7-11 located next to the new MOD Pizza is holding a two-day fundraiser July 2-3 to benefit North Whidbey Little League teams.

Stop in — they’re located at 31300 State Route 20 — and buy a Slurpee either one of those days and 100% of the proceeds goes to fund NWLL.

One of the teams you’ll be helping is the Whidbey Island All-Stars juniors softball team, a joint effort of Oak Harbor and Coupeville players.

That squad, which won the District 11 title this past weekend, are headed to the state tourney in Vancouver in early July.

Slurpees, and supporting diamond dreams?

It’s called a win-win.

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Rhododendron Park was the place to be Saturday, if you were hankering for big-time softball action. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The action was booming, inside and outside the baselines.

The Whidbey Island All-Stars juniors softball squad rolled to a pair of big wins Saturday, claiming a District 11 title and clinching a trip to the state tourney.

Trying to keep his cameras from melting in the blazing sun, ever-wandering photo whiz kid John Fisken was on hand to capture action in the opener.

The pics above and below are courtesy him.

To see more, and possibly buy some glossies for grandma, pop over to:

SB 2021-06-26 Jr All-Stars vs S. Skagit – John’s Photos (johnsphotos.net)


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The bats were on fire Saturday for the Whidbey Island All-Stars juniors softball team. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

One of 47 runs scored by the Inferno.

Vancouver, here they come.

Delivering a blistering offensive attack under a blazing sun Saturday, the Whidbey Island Inferno All-Stars juniors softball team cruised to a pair of victories, claiming a District 11 title.

Dismantling the Skagit County All-Stars 20-0 and 27-1 at Coupeville’s Rhododendron Park, the Inferno claimed their district’s berth to the state tournament, which begins July 10.

The Whidbey Island All-Stars, who carry a 14-player roster which boasts seven players each from Coupeville and Oak Harbor, proved to be a well-balanced, and extremely-deadly squad.

“Girls were awesome today!,” said Whidbey coach Fred Farris. “Everyone contributed and both (pitching) batteries were awesome! Great defense all the way around.”

How Saturday played out:


Game 1:

Playing as the road team, even though it hosted the district tourney, Whidbey Island essentially put the game away with a six-run top of the first.

From there, the Inferno slowly built the lead out to 8-0, then opened a can of whup-ass in the top of the fourth, raining down 12 runs and bringing the mercy rule into effect.

Whidbey opened things up with a five-hit explosion in the first, with three of those base-knocks being of the extra-base variety.

Doubles from Haylee Burleigh and Loto Tupu were big, while Coupeville’s Savina Wells rocked the joint with an RBI triple to center field.

New teammate Layla Suto went her one base better in the second inning, blasting an inside-the-park solo home run, before Wells came around to mash both a double and another triple in the fourth inning.

Madison McMillan added a two-bagger as Whidbey finished with seven extra-base hits among 15 base-knocks in the opener.

While the bats were electric, the Inferno was also lights-out on defense, while Wells offered the visitors little to hit while wheeling and dealing from the pitcher’s circle.

The incoming Coupeville High School freshman whiffed five across four innings of work, scattering five hits and never putting herself in danger.


Game 2:

There was no 12-run explosion in the nightcap, just the steady drip-drip-drip of runs splashing across the scoreboard.

Seven Inferno players tapped home in the first, with another five coming across in the second.

Tack on eight in the third and a final seven in the fourth, and the electronic numbers kept hoppin’.

Whidbey whacked six extra-base hits in game two, with McMillan crunching a triple, and Payton Ludemann rifling a pair of doubles.

Taylor Brotemarkle, Wells, and Tupu also collected two-baggers as part of an 18-hit rain of terror.

Ramona Ryder moved in to the circle to pitch the closer, limiting Skagit County to just a single hit, while piling up five K’s.

While offense largely carried the game, defense had its moments as well, with Burleigh and Mia Farris teaming up for an inning-ending double play on a pop-up to second base.


District tourney stats:

Taylor Brotemarkle (2 runs, 3 hits, 1 RBI)
Haylee Burleigh (3 runs, 1 hit, 1 RBI, 2 walks)
Teagan Calkins (4 runs, 2 hits, 4 walks)
Mia Farris (6 runs, 2 hits, 1 RBI, 3 walks)
Jada Heaton (1 run)
Payton Ludemann (2 runs, 2 hits, 1 RBI, 1 walk)
Katie Marti (1 run, 1 walk)
Madison McMillan (6 runs, 3 hits, 5 RBI, 2 walks)
Lilly Norman (1 run, 1 hit, 1 RBI, 1 walk)
Ramona Ryder (3 runs, 3 hits, 2 RBI)
Layla Suto (7 runs, 4 hits, 2 RBI, 3 walks)
Loto Tupu (4 runs, 5 hits, 3 RBI)
Savina Wells (7 runs, 7 hits, 7 RBI)

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Little League action is heating up. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The uniforms say North and South Whidbey, but some of the players are from Central Whidbey.

So, thanks to that Coupeville-related loophole, we have glossy pics from a little league Majors baseball game in which both teams were the Mariners.

Confused? Yes, you are.

Anyways, the pics are courtesy wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken, and you can see (and buy) many more photos here:

BB 2021-05-13 Major CWLL at NWLL – John’s Photos (johnsphotos.net)


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   Coupeville’s Nathan Ginnings is swinging a big bat up in Oak Harbor this spring. (Photo courtesy Frank Stephan)

   Zane Oldenstadt (third from left in back) and Ginnings (front, center) are traveling to keep playing. (Photos courtesy Michelle Glass)

Oldenstadt lets rip.

Softball isn’t the only sport blossoming in Coupeville.

Baseball is also booming, with the Central Whidbey Little League Minors squad playing Friday for a perfect regular season.

The squad, coached by the hardball sage himself, Jon Roberts, is 12-0 headed into a 6 PM game at Rhododendron Park.

CWLL turns right around and plays in the Henry Pope Memorial Tournament down at South Whidbey this weekend.

The tourney is a six-team, double elimination event, which will be followed in the weeks to come by All-Stars and District play.

Two other Coupeville baseball players, fifth graders Zane Oldenstadt and Nathan Ginnings, have been traveling to Oak Harbor for their action this season.

With CWLL unable to field a Majors team due to a lack of players, the duo, who have been playing since they were five, are suiting up for the North Whidbey Little League Rays.

That squad, and their Coupeville hired guns, play in the Andrade Tournament June 3-10.

“They love baseball and have been having a great time playing with the Oak Harbor team and Coach Don Jenkins,” said Oldenstadt’s mom, Michelle Glass. “The tournament will be a great wrap to the good season they’ve had.”

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