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Aleksia Jump dares you to run. (Jackie Saia photos)

Central Whidbey softball sluggers (l to r) Madison McMillan, Allison Nastali, Chloe Marzocca, and Savina Wells celebrate another win.

Marzocca is a strikeout machine in the pitcher’s circle.

District championship in hand, it’s off to state. But first, confetti.

They are a hard-hittin’, slick-fieldin’, high-hard-cheddar-tossin’, league-title-winnin’ band of sluggers.

Thumping foes left and right, the Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball team has rolled to a 17-2 record, a District 11 title, and a berth at the state tourney.

Ranging in ages from 10-12, the 12 young women who make up the squad are both the present and the future of youth athletics in Coupeville.

And now we can help them achieve a piece of their dream.

The state tourney is held in Poulsbo from June 29 to July 7, and team moms have launched a GoFundMe to help raise money for food, travel, and lodgings.

All donations will be split evenly between the 12 families, with any extra going back to support Central Whidbey Little League.

If you’re wondering who you would be supporting, here’s an alphabetic look at the Hammerheads roster:

Brionna Blouin
Taylor Brotemarkle
Teagan Calkins
Mia Farris
Jada Heaton
Aleksia Jump
Katie Marti
Chloe Marzocca
Madison McMillan
Allison Nastali
Mayleen Weatherford
Savina Wells

Remember those names, because you’ll be seeing them many, many more times over the years.

So, whether you’ve got some loose change rattling around your couch cushions or some Bill Gates-style money just beggin’ to be used, consider helping a band of strong, smart, goal-orientated young women who are strong athletes, and better people.

It would be money well spent.

 

To help out, pop over to:

https://www.gofundme.com/help-the-hammerheads-get-to-state

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As CWLL Majors softball nears a district title, coaches Kim Brotemarkle and Fred Farris ponder strategy. “She’s going left, she always goes left.” (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Title clinched and mom is out of the dugout and in pursuit of daughter Taylor.

“Come here, you!!”

“And you’re mine!”

When the chase is on, always bet on mom.

Always.

The pics above showcase Central Whidbey Little League softball coach Kim Brotemarkle celebrating with daughter Taylor after the Hammerheads won the District 11 title.

But first she had to catch the little rascal.

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Jada Heaton is ready to rake. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mia Farris pulls in the final out, as Central Whidbey wins the District 11 Majors softball title.

Chloe Marzocca gets a pep talk from Kim Brotemarkle.

Izzy Wells gives injured lil’ sis Savina a ride back to the car.

Brionna Blouin stands tall behind the plate.

Ice cream cups in hand, Christi Messner makes a run for the exit.

Allison Nastali dares the softball to avoid her bat.

A hard-hittin’, slick-fieldin’, high-hard-cheddar-tossin’, league-title-winnin’ band of softball sluggers.

They are the champions of the world.

Or of District 11, at the very least.

The Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball team sits at an impressive 17-2 on the season, with a district title in hand, and a ticket to the state tourney in its possession.

To top it all off, we present the pics above, shot by John Fisken.

To see everything he snapped Monday, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Softball-2018-2019/CWLL-SB-2019-06-17-Majors-vs-S-Skagit/

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Central Whidbey hurler Savina Wells gets down with her bad self. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They’re off to Poulsbo.

After savaging visiting South Skagit 10-4 Monday, the Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball team has a ticket to the state tourney.

The Hammerheads, who are 17-2 and have outscored foes 292-90, are the District 11 champs.

Central Whidbey earned the banner by sweeping both of its foes during the All-Stars tourney, which was held at Coupeville’s Rhododendron Park.

After vanquishing Sedro-Woolley 12-5 Saturday, the Hammerheads delivered more of the same against Skagit.

And, while both rivals were able to pull players from two different teams in their town, Central Whidbey has been one team, one dream the whole way.

The Hammerheads did pick up some help when 6th grader Savina Wells, who had been playing with the CWLL juniors team, dropped back to her age group for the postseason.

After catching against Sedro, the lethal lead-off hitter strolled to the pitcher’s circle for Monday’s game.

And Wells was lights-out, until her body betrayed her.

She struck out six of the first seven hitters she faced, surrendering just a walk, and set the tone for the game.

“She was on fire; they weren’t going to hit her,” said CWLL coach Fred Farris.

But then fate took a bad turn in the bottom of the second inning for the Hammerheads, as Wells, legging out her second single on the night, badly twisted her ankle.

Unable to return to the circle, she was helped to the bench, where she continued to cheer for her team as they chased the title.

Game one starter Chloe Marzocca replaced Wells in the circle, keeping Skagit at bay the rest of the way, ripping off nine strikeouts across four innings of work.

Chloe did a great job under the circumstances,” Farris said. “Savina stayed on the bench and encouraged her teammates. Special young lady!”

Central Whidbey got on the scoreboard quickly, pushing across three runs in the bottom of the first, and never trailed.

Wells swatted a single, then scampered around the base-paths, using quicksilver steals to disrupt Skagit’s rhythm.

An Allison Nastali walk helped out, while Madison McMillan had the big hit in the inning, cracking a line drive RBI single to center.

Not content to stop there, the Hammerheads piled up two walks and two hits in the second, only to see Skagit somehow escape unscathed.

The visitors wouldn’t be so lucky over the next two innings, as Central Whidbey exploded for seven runs to put the game on ice.

In the third, Brionna Blouin bopped an RBI single, then celebrated at first as teammate Taylor Brotemarkle took advantage of a poor throw to join McMillan in scoring on the play.

The Hammerheads brought the big bats out in the fourth, drilling five hits, including a couple of extra-base specials.

The five-run inning started with Katie Marti showing off her eagle eyes en route to earning a walk, then the bats started poppin’.

Nastali and Mia Farris singled, McMillan went big time with a thunderous two-run triple, Marzocca rifled a double, and Blouin capped things with another RBI single.

Central Whidbey, which finished with 10 hits and seven walks, got something from all 12 players on the roster.

Wells, Nastali, Blouin, and McMillan smacked two hits apiece, while Mia Farris and Marzocca rounded out the hit parade.

Nastali spent the entire game getting on base, adding a pair of walks to her two hits.

Also snatching free passes were Teagan Calkins, Jada Heaton, Brotemarkle, Marti, and McMillan, who got plunked.

Blouin and McMillan had three RBI’s each, while Aleksia Jump and Mayleen Weatherford rounded out a diamond squad headed to state, which is set for June 29-July 6.

Solid team-wide performances like Monday’s bring a smile to their coach’s face.

Brionna caught a good game and snapped off several balls to Mia at first on moderate lead-offs, which sent a message to Skagit that they just needed to stay right where they were,” Fred Farris said.

“It was Katie’s birthday, so we shared ice cream with Skagit afterwards and she played well in center-field.”

As they have shown all season, the Hammerheads are an especially tight-knit group of players.

“The girls really wanted to win it, not just for themselves or the team, but for their injured teammate who was cheering them on and encouraging them through the icing and pain in the dugout,” Farris said.

“These young ladies really earned the title ‘district champs’; They work hard, support each other and play the game the right way.

“I couldn’t be prouder!”

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Mia Farris waits for the action to unfold while holding down first base for the Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball squad. (Jackie Saia photos)

A Hammerhead hitter does a fast tap dance to evade a wayward pitch.

Brionna Blouin (7), Savina Wells (in catcher gear), Taylor Brotemarkle, and coach Fred Farris bask in another win.

Allison Nastali, even with both arms taped up after a bicycle accident, drops the bunt perfectly. She beat the throw to first, while bringing a runner in from third.

Hammerhead hurler Chloe Marzocca wheels and deals.

“Ooh yeah, you’re too late, sister! I AM SAFE!!!!!!”

Post game shenanigans.

After making a great running catch in center to end the game, Katie Marti gets a congratulatory hug from coach Kim Brotemarkle.

Everything is in their favor.

The District 11 Little League Majors softball tournament is three days into a possible five-day schedule, and everything is lined up for host Central Whidbey to win.

The Hammerheads plastered Sedro-Woolley 12-5 Saturday to advance to the championship round, then got a welcome surprise Sunday.

Skagit, which was routed by Sedro in the tourney opener Friday, rebounded to grab an unexpected 17-14 win in a rematch between the two off-Island teams.

So, that means Central Whidbey (1-0 in the tourney) meets Skagit (1-1) Monday at 6 PM, while Sedro (1-2) is done.

If the Hammerheads (16-2 on the season) win Monday, they are bound for the state tourney, which is June 29-July 7 in Poulsbo.

Lose Monday, and Central Whidbey gets a second swing at the title Tuesday night, also against Skagit, also at 6 PM.

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