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Capri Anter, ready to destroy the hopes and dreams of rival pitchers. (Allison Scarpo photos)

The final game doesn’t tell the entire story.

The Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball squad is a high-flying group of talented young women, with bright diamond futures ahead of them.

So, while Thursday’s season-ending 28-9 loss to a red-hot Sedro-Woolley squad hurts, it’s a bump in the road, and not the end of the journey.

The Wolves, who finish 13-6 this season after being knocked out of the District 11 tourney, will be back.

Central Whidbey won’t be going to the state championships this time — Sedro claims that ticket thanks to Thursday’s win at Rhododendron Park — but the prairie powerhouses have much to look forward to in years to come.

“The girls came a long way this year and will continue to develop,” said Wolf coach Aaron Lucero. “Excited to see them grow in the future.

“Always tough when a season ends – that part never changes, but we’ll get there.”

“And just where do you think you’re going?!?!”

Central Whidbey beat Sedro during the regular season, but the visitors were locked-in during what turned into an elimination game.

“Sedro has a good core, including solid pitching, fielding, and hitting,” Lucero said. “Hats off to them.”

Lucero and fellow Wolf coach Lark Gustafson also work with the Coupeville High School softball program, and the hope is for the CWLL players to keep moving upwards together, rung by rung.

The diamond guru praised his players, and their families, for their work and commitment.

“Families (were) all supportive,” Lucero said. “Really one of the best groups of parents I’ve ever had, and I think this is my 15th year coaching.”

One team, one dream.

Thursday’s game wasn’t a blowout until the end, as Central Whidbey hung tough through the first two innings.

The Wolves pushed across a pair of runs in the first, then plated seven runners in the second, trailing just 12-9 at that point.

The killer was the third frame, however, as Sedro erupted for 16 runs, eventually forcing the mercy rule to be enacted.

Haylee Armstrong and Capri Anter paced Central Whidbey, both scoring twice, while Sydney Van Dyke, Adeline Maynes, Alison Powers, Cameron Van Dyke, and Emma Cushman also tapped home plate.

Michelle Michaud, Chelsi Stevens, Rhylin Price, Ava Lucero, and Amelia Crowder complete the Wolf roster.

“On to next season!”

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“We’re coming for all the wins! All of them, I said!!” (Allison Scarpo photos)

Adeline Maynes fires a laser.

They’re still very much in it to win it.

The Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball squad rallied Wednesday on its home field, crushing South Skagit 20-10 in a loser-out game at the District 11 all-star tournament.

The victory eliminates Skagit and sends the Wolves into the championship round for a rematch with Sedro-Woolley, which it lost to Tuesday.

Central Whidbey needs to win back-to-back games Thursday and Friday to earn a trip to the state tourney, while Sedro can get to the big dance with one more victory.

All games are set for Rhododendron Park, with 6 PM starts.

The Wolves attacked early and often against Skagit, raining down 10 hits while also eking out a steady series of walks.

Sydney Van Dyke slammed a double for the game’s big blow, with Capri Anter and Adeline Maynes both picking up a pair of singles.

Also collecting base-knocks were Ava Lucero, Rhylin Price, Emma Cushman, Cameron Van Dyke, and Amelia Crowder.

Chelsi Stevens dares the pitcher to try and get one past her.

Nine different Wolves scored, with Anter (4), Mayne (3), and the Van Dyke sisters (3 each) leading the way.

Haylee Armstrong and Lucero both tapped the plate twice apiece, with Chelsi Stevens, Price, and Cushman also coming around to score.

Alison Powers and Michelle Michaud round out the 12-player Wolf roster.

Stars of today, stars of tomorrow.

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The sluggers repping Kapaws kick off a series of light-hearted Central Whidbey Little League team pics. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Little league season is going strong, even between the frequent bursts of rain.

On one of those rare non-wet days, wanderin’ photographer John Fisken ended up down in Coupeville, and the photos above and below are courtesy him.

They capture the lighter side of things in between the more-serious team photos.

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Izzy Wells, best softball player in the Northwest 2B/1B League. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Izzinator was a dominator.

Coupeville High School senior pitcher Izzy Wells capped her prep softball career by being tabbed as the Northwest 2B/1B League MVP.

Unhittable while chucking BB’s, and owner of a booming bat when camped out at the plate, she led the Wolves to an 8-0 mark in conference action, 16-3 overall.

Coupeville, despite losing a season-and-a-half to Covid, finished 43-13 during the Age of Izzy.

Allie Lucero rakes.

Wells wasn’t the only Wolf honored by NWL coaches, as the league champs landed six players on All-Conference teams.

Senior Audrianna Shaw joins freshmen Mia Farris and Madison McMillan in collecting First-Team honors.

Making the Second-Team list were freshman Taylor Brotemarkle and junior twin titans Maya and Allie Lucero.

Wolf head man Kevin McGranahan was tabbed as NWL Coach of the Year as well.

Mia Farris plays lock-down defense among the spring flowers.

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Audrianna Shaw erases another rival batter. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Wolf seniors (l to r) Violette Huegerich, Shaw, Mckenna Somes, and Izzy Wells led Coupeville High School softball to a 16-3 record this spring. (Jackie Saia photo)

It’s not over until all the awards are bestowed.

The Coupeville High School softball program put an official cap on things Tuesday, handing out letters and honors to a wide range of players.

The banquet marked the end of another very-successful season for the Wolves, with the varsity going 16-3 and the JV finishing 6-2-1.

Led by diamond guru Kevin McGranahan, CHS coaches doled out the following:

 

Varsity awards:

MVP — Izzy Wells

Offensive MVP — Audrianna Shaw

Defensive MVP — Madison McMillan

Rookie of the Year — Mia Farris

Hustle Award — Taylor Brotemarkle

Captains — Allice Lucero, Maya Lucero, Audrianna Shaw, Izzy Wells

Four-Year Awards — Audrianna Shaw, McKenna Somes, Izzy Wells

 

Varsity letter winners:

Taylor Brotemarkle
Mia Farris
Gwen Gustafson
Violette Huegerich
Allie Lucero
Maya Lucero
Madison McMillan
Melanie Navarro
Sofia Peters
Audrianna Shaw
Mckenna Somes
Izzy Wells
Savina Wells

 

Melanie Navarro swats another hit. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

 

JV awards:

Offensive MVP — Melanie Navarro

Defensive MVP — Teagan Calkins

Hustle Award — Katie Marti

Most Improved — Edie Bittner

Heart of the Wolf — Jada Heaton

 

JV certificates:

Edie Bittner
Teagan Calkins
Camryn Clark
Alondra Cruz
Jada Heaton
Katie Marti
Chloe Marzocca
Candace Meek
Maya Nottingham

Teagan Calkins wants the pitch right there … or else! (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

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