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Melody Wilkie brings the heat. (John Fisken photos)

The ever-crafty Stella Johnson drops a bunt on the unsuspecting defense.

Kylie Van Velkinburgh is ready to rake.

   You don’t get past Audrianna Shaw if you don’t know the password. Spoiler: the runner did NOT know the password.

Mollie Bailey anchors the Central Whidbey defense.

Coral Caveness, about to beat the snot out of the softball.

   Calm and cool in the heat of the moment, it’s unflappable coach Mimi Johnson at work.

Marenna Rebischke-Smith snags an incoming throw.

They can’t be beat.

The Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball squad swept to a district crown Saturday, while still finding time to shine in the photo game.

The pics above are courtesy wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken.

To see everything he shot (purchases help fund college scholarships for CHS student/athletes), pop over to:

http://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/2017-CWLL/20170617-Junior-SB-vs-Orcas/

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Marenna Rebischke-Smith patrols center field for the high-flying Venom. (John Fisken photo)

   Marenna Rebischke-Smith patrols center field for the high-flying Venom. (John Fisken photo)

Rebischke-Smith lashes a base hit.

Rebischke-Smith lashes a base hit.

Don’t ask her to beat up on people, and we’re good.

Marenna Rebischke-Smith enjoys athletics, just not ones that involve her having to elbow people in the face.

“My favorite sport is softball, because it doesn’t involve a lot of physical contact,” she said. “I tried basketball, but didn’t like it because I had to push people.

“I like softball because you can take your anger out on inanimate objects instead of other people.”

Rebischke-Smith, who will be a freshman at CHS in the fall, builds on that, embracing her teammates and pulling them close.

“I enjoy the fact that you have a whole other “family” out on the field,” she said. “I like that you can count on that family to have your back.”

This spring she played center field for the Venom, a Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball squad which went a sparkling 13-3.

Now playing All-Stars with another team, she’d like to keep the softball express going in high school.

“My whole juniors team had a big impact on me,” Rebischke-Smith said. “I hope to play with them again in high school; they are all very fun and friendly.”

As the season played out, she became a much-more aggressive hitter at the plate, while also making some web gems in the outfield, chasing down balls on the fly several times.

Still, like any good player, she is always looking to improve her game.

“I am definitely not as great as some of my teammates I had in juniors,” Rebischke-Smith said. “But I would like to work to get better and hopefully be as good as they are, if not better.

“I believe I have a pretty strong hit when I have something to hit for, but I would like to improve my hit to have a great hit every time I go up to the plate.”

When she’s not practicing or playing, Rebischke-Smith likes to play the guitar and hang out with friends.

A solid student as well (“my goal for freshman year is to have fun and get my work done and not have to take summer school”), she looks to those she lives with for support and guidance.

“I would say that my dad helped me a lot,” Rebischke-Smith said. “He is always there to help me with my homework and play catch with me; he is really great.

“My mom helped too, even though she works a lot in Seattle. She has been to every one of my games and supported me.”

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Melia Welling rapped out three hits Thursday night. (Joey Lippo photo)

   Melia Welling rapped out three hits and reached base five times Thursday night. (Joey Lippo photo)

The bottom of the order was on fire.

The 7-8-9 hitters for the Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball squad collected six of their team’s nine hits Thursday, more than doing their share.

And while the Venom eventually fell 19-14 to visiting Anacortes in a wild (and sometimes weird) game, that’s a huge positive going forward.

Now 1-2 on the young season, Central got its biggest offensive push Thursday from Marenna Rebischke-Smith, Melia Welling and Willow Vick.

Welling rapped out three hits and reached base all five times she stepped to the plate (also scampering to first on a walk and an error), while Rebischke-Smith collected two gorgeous hits.

The first was a two-run single up the middle, while the second was a long, looping liner over the first baseman’s head that cleared its target, then quickly dove and bit grass before an Anacortes outfielder could track it down.

The Coupeville Middle School 8th grader had a strong all-around game, also making two really nice snags on fly balls hit to deep center-field.

Rebischke-Smith tracked down both balls and smothered them in mid-flight to the delight of her fan section.

Vick swung a nice stick herself, with an RBI single during a five-run first inning for the Venom.

Up 5-2 after one, Central Whidbey hit a rough patch in the second, as a string of errors forced Venom hurler Scout Smith to face 16 hitters in the inning.

Putting up 10 runs before Rebischke-Smith ended the onslaught with one of her web gems, Anacortes seemed to have the game on ice.

Even an injury mid-way through the inning, when an Anacortes runner plowed awkwardly into the bag at second and spent several minutes on her back, couldn’t slow down the visitors.

But the Venom fought back, picking up an RBI on a second-inning ground-out from Mollie Bailey before erupting for six in the fourth.

Six walks, three passed balls and a dropped ball at home helped the cause, while speedster Maya Toomey-Stout swung the big stick, bashing a two-run single to knot things up at 12-12.

With darkness approaching (the game was shortened to six innings) and the Venom players tiring (the game went two-and-a-half-hours), Anacortes took advantage, however, using a pair of two-run, inside-the-park home runs to reclaim the lead and make off with the win.

Hannah Davidson tied Welling, also reaching base five times (two singles, three walks), while Scout Smith and Chelsea Prescott eked out three walks apiece.

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