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It takes a village to raise ball players.

With a lot of help from the community, Central Whidbey Little League roared back to life this spring, jumping from 81 participants back up to 118.

That reflects baseball and softball players ranging in age from 4-12 and shows a marked improvement as the world continues to come out of a pandemic.

CWLL President Gordon McMillan offered big thanks to the Island County Parks and Rec Department, which handles maintenance and grooming of Coupeville’s Rhododendron Park.

“We call Rhododendron our ‘field of dreams’,” he said.

McMillan also thanked the league’s many volunteers and paid tribute to local businesses which “so generously contributed to our just concluded and very successful 2022 season.”


CWLL sponsors:

Front Street Realty
Heritage Bank
Home Depot
Island Title and Escrow
Iverson Insurance Company
Kapaw’s Iskreme
OLF Storage
Penn Cove Vet
Prairie Center Market
Red’s Roofing and Construction
Salon Blue
Snakelum Point Investments
Sunshine Drip
Terra Firma Wealth Management
Whidbey Natural Pet
Wood Bee Construction

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Central Whidbey Little League softball players celebrate a win. (Jackie Saia photo)

Coupeville’s Rhododendron Park is a jewel among local little league facilities.

But, unless new volunteers step up to keep Central Whidbey Little League humming along, parents of softball and baseball players may spend more time driving North and South than enjoying their own diamonds.

That’s the reality, as CWLL will lose most of its board at the conclusion of this season, with the children and grandchildren of current volunteers “aging out” and moving on to high school ball.

League officials are putting out the call for fresh blood, with the promise current volunteers will help prepare newbies for what awaits them.

The statement released Thursday by CWLL President Gordon McMillan:


Good Morning!

We are reaching out to all of you with the hopes that you will consider getting more involved with Central Whidbey Little League.

As we are winding down the 2021 season, it is now time to look forward … to next season and beyond.

Yes, it may seem a bit early, but your current board is concerned about next season and feel it is imperative to share our thoughts with you.

Your current board is presently made up of approximately 10-12 active members.

And, the majority will be leaving the board after this season as our kids and grandkids will be ‘aging out’.

Our kids will no longer be eligible to play little league baseball/softball.

Most of our kids and grandkids will be involved with high school athletics/events/clubs in some form or another, and we will be wanting to watch and participate in those events with them.

What does this mean?

Quite frankly, without new volunteers to fill these positions, CWLL may have a very challenging situation and may face some very difficult and painful decisions.

This includes players/families may have to apply to participate in the North Whidbey and/or the South Whidbey leagues IF these leagues will allow.

Board positions that will be vacant at the end of this season:

Vice President
Player Agent
Safety Officer
Communications Director
Concession Stand Organizer (*May be filled but could use assistance*)
Umpire Organizer
Field Prep
Sponsorship/Donations (*May be filled but could use assistance*)

CWLL usually begins ‘gearing up’ for the new season with monthly (Zoom at this time) meetings in September and then weekly meetings after the first of the year going through early April.

Then back to every other week until the end of the season.

Some of your 2021 board has volunteered to assist/teach/guide, but will be unable to ‘take the lead’ so they can be involved with their high schoolers.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will respond at once.

Thank you very much for your consideration.


Your 2021 CWLL Board of Directors


For more info on CWLL:

Home (centralwhidbeylittleleague.com)


To contact the CWLL, email:


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Softball action has returned to Whidbey Island little league fields. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Batter up, and cameraman to the ready.

Little League softball has returned to a diamond near you, and wanderin’ photo snapper John Fisken is usually on the scene to capture the action.

The pics above and below, from a recent clash between Central and North Whidbey, are courtesy him.

To see more, and possibly buy some mementos, pop over to:

SB 2021-04-30 CWLL Minors vs NWLL – John’s Photos (johnsphotos.net)


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A Coupeville softball player works on her swing. (Jennifer Marzocca photos)

Chloe Marzocca’s mitt, perfect for the Age of Coronavirus.

“Two outs, one swing to win it all.”

Bring your bats, gloves, and masks.

After a spring lost to Covid-19, Central Whidbey Little League is back in business, with plans to play games between April and June.

There are some pandemic restrictions in place, but the hope is to get a complete season in the books.

Schedules have been set for Minors and Rookies Baseball, as well as Minors and Juniors softball, all of which can be found below.

The T-Ball season is set to run from May 10 to June 18, but the schedule is still being tinkered on.

There is a MANDATORY parent/family meeting Saturday, April 17 at Rhododendron Park (1 PM) for everyone involved in T-Ball.

CWLL is also still seeking T-Ball coaches, and umpires for Juniors and Minors Softball and Minors Baseball.

If interested, contact centralwhidbeyll@gmail.com.





Mon-April 12 — South Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Mon-April 19 — @ South Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Sat-April 24 — @ North Whidbey 1 — (11:00)
Mon-April 26 — South Whidbey 2 — (6:00)
Sat-May 1 — North Whidbey 3 — (11:00)
Mon-May 3 — @ South Whidbey 2 — (6:00)
Sat-May 8 — @ North Whidbey 2 — (2:00)
Mon-May 10 — South Whidbey 3 — (6:00)
Mon-May 17 — @ South Whidbey 3 — (6:00)
Sat-May 22 — North Whidbey 1 — (1:00)
Wed-May 26 — South Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Mon-June 7 — South Whidbey 2 — (6:00)



Wed-April 21 — @ South Whidbey 1
Fri-April 23 — @ South Whidbey 4
Mon-April 26 — South Whidbey 3
Wed-April 28 — South Whidbey 2
Mon-May 3 — South Whidbey 1
Wed-May 5 — South Whidbey 4
Fri-May 7 — @ South Whidbey 3
Mon-May 10 — @ South Whidbey 2
Fri-May 14 — @ South Whidbey 1
Mon-May 17 — @ South Whidbey 4
Wed-May 19 — South Whidbey 3
Fri-May 21 — South Whidbey 2
Wed-May 26 — South Whidbey 5


* = Doubleheader

Mon-May 3 — @ North Whidbey — (6:00)
Sat-May 8 — @ South Skagit 2 — (11:00)*
Mon-May 10 — North Whidbey — (6:00)
Sat-May 15 — @ South Skagit 1 — (11:00)*
Mon-May 17 — @ North Whidbey — (6:00)
Sat-May 22 — South Skagit 2 — (11:00)*
Mon-May 24 — North Whidbey — (6:00)
Wed-May 26 — @ North Whidbey — (6:00)
Sat-June 5 — @ South Skagit 1 — (11:00)*
Mon-June 7 — North Whidbey — (6:00)
Sat-June 12 — South Skagit 1 — (11:00)*



Tue-April 13 — South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-April 16 — @ North Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Tue-April 20 — @ South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-April 23 — North Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Tue-April 27 — South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-April 30 — North Whidbey 2 — (6:00)
Tue-May 4 — @ South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-May 7 — @ North Whidbey 2 — (6:00)
Tue-May 11 — South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-May 14 — @ North Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Tue-May 18 — @ South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-May 21 — North Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Tue-May 25 — South Whidbey — (6:00)
Tue-June 1 — @ South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-June 4 — @ North Whidbey 2 — (6:00)
Tue-June 8 — South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-June 11 — North Whidbey 2 — (6:00)

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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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