Posts Tagged ‘North Whidbey Little League’

   Coupeville’s Nathan Ginnings closes out a win Sunday, sending North Whidbey Little League to the state tourney. (Contributed photos)

Ginnings gets ready to rip.

The uniform says North Whidbey Little League, but it was a Central Whidbey mercenary who got the final out.

Coupeville’s Nathan Ginnings slammed the door on Anacortes Sunday, striking out the final hitter in a 12-2 win that punches a ticket to the state tourney.

Oak Harbor’s 11/12 baseball squad (and its Coupeville star) head to Federal Way for the big dance.

NWLL has a first-round bye, then opens play Sunday, July 16.

Playing at South Whidbey in the District 11 championship, North Whidbey needed just one win to claim the title, while Anacortes would have needed a doubleheader sweep.

Oak Harbor’s sluggers, with Ginnings playing most of the game at third base, put things away early, torching Anacortes for eight runs in the third inning.

Ginnings, who played for NWLL since Central Whidbey couldn’t get enough players to field a full squad this season, reached base on an error and a fielder’s choice and scored a run.

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   With no Coupeville team to call his own, one of Cow Town’s finest suits up for North Whidbey. (John Fisken photos)

One home run coming up.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

While Central Whidbey Little League had tons of softball teams this spring, it wasn’t able to field full squads in any baseball division other than Minors.

That sent Coupeville sluggers off to find other teams to hook up with, and at least one Cow Town mercenary has landed in the playoffs.

With the 11/12 baseball playoffs kicking off Wednesday, wandering photographer John Fisken was on hand to snap North Whidbey as it faced off with South Whidbey.

At least one guy sporting NWLL’s uni calls Coupeville home, and the photos above pay tribute to him.

His name is Nathan Ginnings, and he’s the younger brother of former Wolf tennis/soccer great Jacki Ginnings.

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Pure joy. (John Fisken photos)

Pure joy. (John Fisken photos)

A dad and son team zing around third base and head for home.

A dad and son team zing around third base and head for home.

home run

  “Over the outfield fence? More like it’s landing somewhere down around Deception Pass! Your puny fences can’t contain my power!!”


Safe, and he knows how to play to the camera. A superstar is born.

so help me

“I told ’em not to try and steal on me. I have a gun for an arm and ice water in my veins!!”


Today’s web gem.


Getting good wood (or aluminum) on the ball.


Mill Creek’s squad of diamond dandies.


North Whidbey’s finest (plus one girl from the South End).

Not all baseball games are about wins and losses.

Sometimes just taking the field is an accomplishment in itself.

Working with the North Whidbey Little League, Jason McDermott started the Challenger League this season for players who might not otherwise have gotten a chance to pick up a bat and mitt.

The league welcomes players with different levels of disabilities and gives them the chance to play in a fun environment.

Every player from both teams gets a chance to bat, and score-keeping is pushed aside in favor of building the player’s confidence.

A success in the first season, the league would like to continue to expand and draw in players from outside of Oak Harbor.

“There are a high number of Exceptional Family Members in the area,” McDermott said. “My goal for next season is to have more children play.”

This year’s roster included:

Amelia Bell
Austen Dearing
Eric Ennes
Thaddeus Garcia
Abdiel Martinez
Adrianna Martinez
Arianna Martinez
Caleb Randall
Amare Refuge
Tyriq Refuge
Zoe Thompson
Lydia Vaughan

Interested parents can contact McDermott at McDerJM@dshs.wa.gov for more information.

The photos above, which come to us courtesy John Fisken, capture the local team, the Mariners, facing off with the Mill Creek Royals.

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Mariners — http://www.shutterfly.com/progal/album.jsp?aid=768a5498cf35e36aa503

Royals — http://www.shutterfly.com/progal/album.jsp?aid=768a5498cf35e3693076

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