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The Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball squad finished 13-1 after routing North Whidbey. (Photo courtesy Paula Peters)

They finished like they started – with a bang.

Putting host North Whidbey down hard Thursday night, the Central Whidbey Little League Juniors squad capped an extremely-successful season.

The Wolves threw down 15 unanswered runs against their Island rivals, running away with a 17-5 win to finish 13-1 on the season.

Central Whidbey’s only loss this season came to South Skagit, and it promptly avenged that defeat in the very next game.

Thursday night the Wolves failed to score in the top of the first — a slight shocker — and briefly fell behind 1-0.

That quickly changed as CWLL got the bats going from that point on, raining down eight runs in the second inning and another seven in the third.

From there, the Wolves coasted in for the season finale win, getting something from everyone on the roster.

Jill Prince had the hottest bat in the land, lashing three singles, while Sofia Peters crunched a double and a single.

Savina Wells, Maddie Georges, Allie Lucero, and Karyme Castro all added a base-knock apiece, while the Wolves piled up a staggering 19 walks to keep the offense humming.

For Coupeville, 11 of its 13 players eked out a free pass against North Whidbey, with Cypress Socha, Allie Lucero, and Hayley Fiedler leading the way with three walks apiece.

Melanie Navarro (two walks) and Vivian Farris (a walk and an RBI ground-out) also chipped in, while Gwen Gustafson, Adrian Burrows and Maya Lucero rounded out the top-notch Wolf roster.

The bulk of the team is primed to hit the high school softball scene next season as freshmen, promising a huge injection of young talent to a Coupeville diamond program playing at the state tournament this weekend.

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Central Whidbey sluggers (left to right) Karyme Castro, Sofia Peters, and Melanie Navarro are part of a hot-hitting little league softball squad. (Maricela Sotelo photo)

Very short memories and very big bats.

It helps to have both, something the Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball team embraced Saturday afternoon.

Bouncing back from their first loss of the season, the Wolves got immediate payback against the same foe, drilling visiting South Skagit Saturday to the tune of 18-2.

Crunching 14 hits, including four doubles and two triples, Central Whidbey improved its season mark to 12-1.

After being held to just a single hit Thursday, the Wolves immediately re-found their groove.

No one was more scorching Saturday than Melanie Navarro, who delivered a pair of triples, a double and a game-high six RBI.

She got plenty of support, though, with Maddie Georges, who missed the loss with an injury, ripping four base-knocks, including two doubles.

Toss in three singles from Savina Wells, a single and double from Gwen Gustafson, and two singles from Maya Lucero, and the bats were poppin’ all game.

Central Whidbey, which scored two runs in both the first and second, then blew the hinges off the door with a 14-run third inning, also collected 10 walks.

Adrian Burrows, Gwen Gustafson, and Jill Prince collected two free passes apiece, while Allie Lucero, Sofia Peters, Hayley Fiedler, and Maya Lucero walked once each.

Gustafson was also lights-out in the pitcher’s circle, limiting South Skagit to just three weak hits.

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“Can’t talk, have to check my stats!” (Photo by Suzan Georges)

Scoring runs? Not a problem.

After sweeping a doubleheader from visiting Anacortes Saturday, the Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball team has scored 15 or more times in every single one of its 11 games.

So little wonder that the Wolves, after grabbing 18-10 and 19-9 victories at Rhododendron Park, sit at a flawless 11-0.

They’re doing it with pitching, with defense, but most of all, with booming bats, opportunistic base-running, and a love for stamping their feet on home plate.

And how many times have their spikes slammed down, you ask?

Oh, just 209 times so far, which means the Wolves are averaging an uncanny 19 runs a game. No big deal.

How Saturday played out:

 

Game 1:

After throwing five runs up on the board in the bottom of the first to claim a 5-2 lead, Central Whidbey never relinquished its advantage.

Though Anacortes didn’t go down all that easily.

The visitors twice rallied to within just two runs, at 6-4 and 12-10, but both times the Wolves responded emphatically.

The first time things got momentarily tense, Central Whidbey piled up five runs in the bottom of the fourth to stretch the lead back out.

Cue Anacortes chip-chip-chippin’ away at the lead, and then the Wolves hammering their rivals one more time, with a six-run assault in the sixth sealing the win.

Wolf pitcher Gwen Gustafson held Anacortes scoreless over the game’s final two innings, with barely a flicker of danger, and it was on to game two.

Central Whidbey piled up a mountain of hits on the day, raining down 20 in just the first game.

Savina Wells and Gustafson led the way with four base-knocks apiece, with Wells collecting a pair of doubles, while Sofia Peters, Maddie Georges, and Melanie Navarro had three singles each.

Rounding out the hit parade were Vivian Farris, Jill Prince, and Cypress Socha, while Adrian Burrows and Karyme Castro saw field time as well.

 

Game 2:

If the opener was semi-close, the nightcap turned into a rout quickly.

Trailing 3-0 when they came up in the bottom of the first, the Wolves promptly threw down 13 runs, with the first 11 batters reaching base safely.

Given a lead, Farris took to the pitcher’s circle and held Anacortes at bay, while getting some solid work from her defense.

Georges ripped a triple, while Wells, Socha, Gustafson, and Peters all doubled.

Central Whidbey collected “only” 13 hits in the second game, with Georges rattling a pair of singles to go with her three-bagger, but also eked out eight walks.

Burrows and Gustafson both picked up two free passes, Wells, Peters, Navarro, and Gustafson each finished with two hits, and Farris aided her own cause with a sharply-smacked single.

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Have bats, will destroy you. (Susan Farris photo)

These girls with bats in their hands? Unstoppable.

The Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball team continued its wild joy ride through the spring Thursday, carving up visiting South Whidbey 25-0.

Dropping 18 runs in just the first inning alone, the Wolves rolled to their seventh-straight win, and have done it while outscoring foes 137-35.

If you don’t have your calculator close, I can make it easy for you — CWLL is averaging 19.6 runs a night, while giving up an average of five.

Thursday night the Wolves didn’t even give up a hit, as pitchers Savina Wells, Vivian Farris, and Maya Lucero combined to walk two, whiff seven, and erase South Whidbey 1-2-3 in both the first and third innings.

With the mercy rule in effect, and Central Whidbey having tacked on seven more runs in the bottom of the second, that’s where the game prematurely ended.

The Wolves were in total control, with their first 13 batters, and 18 of their first 19, successfully reaching base.

CWLL sent 32 hitters to the plate across the two innings it hit, and 11 of its 13 players scored.

Gwen Gustafson, Farris, Maddie Georges, Wells, and Maya Lucero all tapped home three times apiece, while Allie Lucero, Jill Prince, Melanie Navarro and Sofia Peters scored twice each.

Rounding out the offense, Hayley Fiedler and Adrian Burrows came around once each, Cypress Socha came off the bench to bash a double, and Karyme Castro also saw field time.

The Wolves return to action Saturday, with a just-scheduled 1 PM home doubleheader against Anacortes.

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The Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball team, averaging almost 20 runs a game, is a crisp 5-0 on the season. (Suzan Georges photo)

The only thing that can slow them down is the weather.

Put the Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball team on the field this season, and they’re unstoppable.

Back in action Thursday after a rain-out delayed their last game, the Wolves pounded host South Skagit 19-3.

With 29 runners getting aboard, thanks to 12 hits, 16 walks, and a dropped third strike, Central Whidbey easily rolled to their fifth win in as many games.

The high-flying, hard-hitting Wolves have outscored their foes 97-26 this season.

Thursday’s game was over almost before it began, as CWLL ripped off an 11-batter, seven-run top of the first.

Mixing in four walks with singles from Allie Lucero, Hayley Fiedler, and Maya Lucero, plus an inning-capping double off the bat of Gwen Gustafson, the Wolf rained down destruction on the hometown pitchers.

And it only got worse (or better, if you’re a Wolf fan) from there, as the second inning was a 14-batter, eight-run affair.

With the game well in hand, Wolf coach Lark Gustafson was able to use all 13 of his players, with 10 of them scoring.

Maya Lucero smacked three singles to lead her team’s run of hits, while Gustafson (2B, 1B) and Allie Lucero (two singles) were hot on her heels.

Maddie Georges, Jill Prince, Sofia Peters, Savina Wells, and Fiedler added singles, with Vivian Farris, Karyme Castro, and Cypress Socha combining for five walks.

Socha also alertly scrambled to first, then later came around to score, after the South Skagit catcher couldn’t handle a third strike.

Rounding out the Central Whidbey roster Thursday were Adrian Burrows and Melanie Navarro, who both saw field time.

The Wolves return to action this Saturday, when they get a rematch with the team they just shellacked.

South Skagit comes to Rhododendron Park in Coupeville, and first pitch is 2 PM.

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