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Savina Wells and her Coupeville Middle School volleyball teammates won two of three matches Monday. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

No point uncontested, no play given up on, for Lyla Stuurmans and Co.

Marathons are overrated.

Want a real endurance test? Camp out on the rock-hard Coupeville Middle School bleachers for the entire run of one afternoon of volleyball.

By the time the Wolves and visiting Granite Falls were done Monday, four-plus hours had come off the clock.

Three matches were played in full, even though in all three the third set was unnecessary to decide a winner and loser.

A million volleyballs had been bashed and then stashed away, except for the one which vanished under the stands never to be seen again until the day CMS rips out the diabolical butt-crushers and replaces them with cushy recliners.

Come on Bill Gates, fund my dream.

As the fans staggered into the night, trying to remember a time when their spines were straight and their posteriors were un-aching, the Wolf spikers were celebrating two wins in three matches.

How the afternoon played out, in the order it played out:

 

Level 2:

Powered by big serves and nerves of steel (at least at the end), Coupeville roared to a 25-18, 27-25 win, then fell 15-10 in a mostly-meaningless “practice” set.

Cause this is middle school volleyball, and we’ll play until dawn and you’ll like it, buddy.

With the win, the most-successful CMS squad jumps to 5-2 on the season, with three matches left on the schedule.

Monday’s full-tilt rumble started with a little bit of backfire, as the Wolves surprisingly fell behind 6-0 in the first set.

Things changed, and in a hurry, once CMS forced a side-out and got its hands on the ball.

Brionna Blouin started the rain of terror from the service stripe, firing off back-to-back aces that slammed into the floor and skidded away, leaving a trail of tears from the Granite players who swung and whiffed.

After that, Madison McMillan really got things rockin’, dropping a flurry of nasty aces while getting some crucial help from a teammate on one tense point.

With the two teams battling through a rare long rally, it looked like Granite had a point won, which would have put the Tigers up 10-8.

Instead, the Wolves danced with the devil in the pale moonlight and lived to tell about it, thanks to Skylar Parker.

With her back to the opposing team, and her body dangerously close to touching the net, she flicked a high, arcing shot over her head for one of the most-electrifying plays of the long afternoon.

The fact Parker got the ball over the net while under great duress was remarkable enough, but the fact she angled the ball perfectly, dropping it between two Granite defenders for an unexpected winner, was slightly uncanny.

In the stands, Skylar’s littlest sister, Avery, busy happily drawing pictures, looked up for half a second, nodded her approval, then went right back to coloring.

Cause, priorities.

One inspired play from a young woman just discovering her true athletic potential, and the entire match shifted.

Sparked by Parker’s shot, CMS snatched the lead on a wicked ace from McMillan, and never trailed again.

Blouin peppered Granite from the service line, stopped only by a middle school rule limiting the numbers of serves one player can launch, while Parker came back around to set up a McMillan drop-shot winner.

The second frame was more of the same joy ride, but with a few name changes.

This time around, it was Issabel Johnson tearing off a 5-0 run on her serve to kick-start things, with one ace exploding upwards off a Granite player’s face.

Allison Nastali and Jada Heaton chipped in with strong serves of their own, Kaitlyn Leavell had a fairly sensational one-handed save on a ball headed out of bounds, and Coupeville was cruising for much of the set.

Up 22-13 with Blouin on a run of four-straight service winners, the Wolves seemed unstoppable.

Until things took a dizzying detour.

Suddenly playing like world-beaters with their backs to the wall, the Tigers came roaring up from the pits of despair to throw down a 12-2 run, and actually found themselves with set point at 25-24.

But never fear, cause McMillan and Blouin have no fear, no nerves, and no quit.

Just as CMS was about to be staggered by a gut-wrenching set loss, the Wolves found a way out, thanks to Blouin running down a ball in the back-court and flinging it back over her head.

The ball landed exactly where it needed to be, on McMillan’s fingertips, and she delivered with a second over-the-shoulder shot, this one launching the ball over the heads of the Granite players and to the safety of the far corner for a gut-check winner.

Given a reprieve, the Wolves put the hammer down hard, with Heaton closing the set, and securing the win, with back-to-back service winners to the delight of her teammates, both those on the floor and those rocking the stands.

As noted before, the idea of playing a third set when you’ve already won the match is questionable in many eyes.

That being said, if they hadn’t contested a final frame, we would have missed out on seeing Aby Wood and Laila Wenzel get more floor time, plus a really beautiful drop shot winner hit by a sliding Ava Mitten.

That alone made the extra chunk of time worth it.

 

Level 3:

The only match Coupeville lost, but it was close, as the Wolves fell 25-21, 25-16, 15-13.

With the loss, the third squad fell to 1-6 on the season.

Even in defeat, the Wolves showed great potential, especially at the service stripe, with Oktober Frost, Bailey Thule, Maryah Love, and Hayley Thomas all firing up solid offerings.

Thomas, in particular, was a wild woman, lashing one serve off of an unlucky Granite player’s chin, then whacking a side-arm ace which tore out a divot in the floor.

There weren’t a ton of sustained rallies in this match, but Jones Walther and Frost came up big with drop shot winners which hit and curled away from their rivals.

The final set featured nine ties, a strong overhead winner at the net delivered by Kaylee Clark, and quality work from Kassidy Upchurch, Bryley Gilbert and Gabriella Becktell.

 

Level 1:

Coupeville’s aces, who had come close but not broken through, finally found the winning combination, bashing Granite 25-13, 25-21 to claim their first win of the season.

While a third practice set went 18-16 to the visitors, it was a brawl, with both teams having two set points apiece.

Big hits from Katie Marti (a put-away at the net while airborne) and Taylor Brotemarkle (an artful drop shot) earned raves, while Chloe Marzocca smoked an ace which caught even her by surprise.

The ball exploded off of her fingertips and seemed headed for the back wall, only to dive and catch the last inch of the court for a winner.

Marzocca, assuming her serve was long, tried to roll the ball back to Granite when they returned it to her, only to discover that nope, she really was that good.

Cue a big smile, a little shrug of the shoulders, then another smokin’ hot serve headed across the net.

The first two sets, otherwise known as the ones which count, featured Coupeville at its best.

Olivia Schaffeld went on a run at the service line which included an ace so berserk it not only hit a Granite player in the face, but made the Tiger take a stumbled step backwards and awkwardly fall down.

While she might not have done as much dental damage, Schaffeld’s teammate, Mia Farris, had the longest run at the line in any of the three matches.

By the time she was done with an eight-point explosion, Farris had taken a modest 8-4 lead and turned it into a 16-4 romp in favor of the Wolves.

She got some help from Savina Wells, who missed the first meeting between these schools.

Back in the lineup Monday, the tall, graceful tower of power controlled play at the net a great deal of the time, bounding into the atmosphere, then driving home winners like she was planting spikes in the railroad.

Wells also pulled off a save in which she came hurtling from the back-court, dropped to her knees and slid half the length of the court, before popping up under the ball as it descended, then flicking it back over the net.

Toss in some nice tip winners from Grey Peabody, and solid all-around play from Lyla Stuurmans, and the Wolves were firing on all cylinders.

The best play of the match was actually a series of plays, all wrapped into one point which tasted sweeter when CMS won a back-and-forth battle.

It started with Brotemarkle, maybe not the tallest Wolf, playing like a giant, keeping a rally alive by rising up at the net to crunch the ball (and mash her fingers, as the ensuing wince and nose wrinkle revealed).

Granite sent the ball back, but Schaffeld lunged to the side and used a one-handed poke to prolong things, setting up Stuurmans at the net for an emphatic winner.

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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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The Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball team is 15-2, fueled by big hits and bigger shenanigans. (Jackie Saia photos)

Allison Nastali and Co. host the District 11 tourney this weekend, with a trip to state within reach.

All-Star action is coming to Rhodey.

The Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball team, which rolls into the postseason bearing a 15-2 record, hosts the District 11 tournament June 14-18.

The three-team, double-elimination brawl, which pits the Hammerheads against Skagit and Sedro-Woolley, will be held at Coupeville’s Rhododendron Park (502 W. Patmore).

All games are free to the public.

While Central Whidbey is one team, one dream, the other two squads are true all-star teams, having combined the best of two rosters from their area.

The Hammerheads faced one of each region’s two teams during the regular season, winning handily.

CWLL beat South Skagit 11-8 and 16-2 in a home doubleheader, then thumped Sedro 22-2 on the road in the regular season finale.

Central Whidbey outscored foes 270-81 this season, and the only team which beat it, North Whidbey and its ace pitcher Reese Wasinger, are AWOL from the majors tourney.

As the #1 seed, the Hammerheads also have the inside track at winning the title, and earning the district’s ticket to the state tourney.

“Should be competitive,” said Central coach Fred Farris. “I like our chances if the girls play “their” game.”

 

District 11 All-Stars Majors softball tourney schedule:

 

Fri-June 14 — Sedro vs. Skagit — 6 PM

Sat-June 15 — Winner of game 1 vs. Central — 2 PM

Sun-June 16 — Loser of Game 1 vs. loser of Game 2 — 2 PM

Mon-June 17 — Championship Game 1 — 6 PM

Tues-June 18 — Championship Game 2 (if necessary) — 6 PM

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“Scoring runs? It’s kind of my thing!” (Jackie Saia photos)

Brionna Blouin gets some planking in during a pause in the action.

Teagan Calkins stands tall behind the plate.

“You thought you might beat us? You thought wrong!”

Find a way to win.

The Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball squad kept its season-long hot streak alive Saturday, sweeping a road double header against South Skagit with two very different victories.

The Hammerheads opened the twin-bill at Mt. Baker Middle School by pulling out an 11-8 win in extra innings, then dominated in the nightcap, pounding their foes 16-2 in a game shortened by the mercy rule.

With the sweep, the Majors mashers return home sporting a 10-1 record on the season.

How it played out Saturday:

 

Game 1:

Chloe Marzocca ripped off 16 strikeouts from the pitcher’s circle for the Hammerheads, but Central Whidbey had to overcome being caught in a triple play and losing the lead late.

After building an 8-2 margin, thanks to a four-run first inning and then a steady drip of one-run frames, CWLL stumbled, briefly, giving up six runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Never blinking, the Hammerheads calmly regrouped, moved into the unexpected seventh and dropped three runs on the board to seal the deal.

Central Whidbey finished the game with 11 hits, as Mia Farris, Madison McMillan, Brionna Blouin, and Allison Nastali led the way with two base-knocks apiece.

McMillan blasted a triple, while Teagan Calkins, Jada Heaton, and Mayleen Weatherford chipped in with singles.

The Hammerheads also showed patience at the plate, picking up seven walks, with Taylor Brotemarkle earning two free passes.

Calkins, Heaton, McMillan, Aleksia Jump, and Katie Marti also won duels with the South Skagit hurler, then bolted to first to claim their base.

 

Game 2:

Nastali replaced Marzocca in the pitcher’s circle, whiffing three across four innings, while her catcher, Blouin, was on fire.

The Hammerheads backstop picked off a runner on the base-paths and twice tracked down foul balls behind the plate, pulling in the rapidly-dropping balls for crucial outs.

At the plate, Central Whidbey jumped on everything, taking advantage of five dropped third strikes, while also pounding out seven hits, many of the extra-bases variety.

Nastali and McMillan had two hits apiece, with McMillan garnering another triple.

Marti matched her with a three-bagger of her own, Calkins swatted a double, and Brotemarkle singed the grass for a single.

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Chloe Marzocca threw wicked heat from the pitcher’s circle Tuesday as the Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball squad crushed Anacortes. (Jennifer Marzocca photo)

It might not be an official win, yet, but it’s officially a butt-whuppin’.

Only able to play two-and-a-half innings Tuesday, after waiting for a high school game to wrap up, the Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball team unloaded on host Anacortes.

When the game was suspended, a half inning from being complete, the Hammerheads were up 19-1 and all but assured of running their season record to 2-0.

The two teams play again May 3, and will start by finishing off this game.

If the lead stays 15 runs or more, it will end after Anacortes bats in the bottom of the third, thanks to the mercy rule.

Central Whidbey dominated Tuesday in every facet of the game, with starting pitcher Chloe Marzocca whiffing three batters in two innings of work.

At the plate, the Coupeville sluggers put the “hammer” in Hammerheads, led by Mia Farris, who smacked a hard liner into the gap for a bases-clearing, inside-the-park grand salami.

Her home run sprint was one of three times Farris tapped home to score, while Madison McMillan and Brionna Blouin both racked up four RBI apiece.

McMillan had three base-hits, while Blouin bashed a double and poked a single.

The hitting bug was contagious, with Katie Marti and Mayleen Weatherford both collecting a base-knock of their own.

When they weren’t crunching the ball, the Hammerheads showed off eagle eyes, picking up numerous walks and converting them into scoring opportunities.

Taylor Brotemarkle scored three times, while Allison Nastali, Teagan Calkins, Jada Heaton, and Aleksia Jump all came round to score at least once.

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