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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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Coupeville’s Genna Wright (on right) helped her select soccer team win a tourney title this weekend. (Photo courtesy Christine Wright)

She’s a winner, every step of the way.

Genna Wright, who is wrapping up her sophomore year at Coupeville High School, is one of the school’s top athletes.

A ferocious goal-scorer on the soccer pitch and the #1 singles player for the Wolves on the tennis court, the youngest in a family full of athletic stars is carving out her own successful trail.

Wright’s latest accomplishment came this weekend, as she helped lead her select soccer squad to a title at the 25th annual Skagit Firecracker in Mount Vernon.

She and her Northwest United teammates finished 3-0-1 while playing in the U18 division.

After opening with a 7-1 rout of the FSC Gunners Friday, NWU nipped the Irish Gators 3-2 the following day.

Wrapping things up Sunday, Wright and Co. fought to a scoreless tie with Bremerton Force, then rebounded to beat the same team 1-0 in the tourney title game.

The toe which produced the lone goal in the finale?

It belonged, of course, to the very-efficient Wright, who knocked in the game (and title)-winning score.

Coupeville High School coach Kyle Nelson has to be happy with the way his top goal scorer is playing during the “off-season.”

When Wright returns to kick off her junior season this fall, she will start play in a tie as the #3 goal scorer in CHS girls history.

With 17 goals to her credit across two high school seasons, she sits even with Lindsey Roberts, who just graduated.

After she eases ahead of her former teammate, Wright can turn to chasing down the only Wolf girls ahead of her on the career chart.

That would be the now-departed Mia and Kalia Littlejohn, who punched in 35 and 33 goals in their CHS careers, respectively.

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Mia Farris hit a home run and made a spectacular defensive play Tuesday, as Central Whidbey Little League clinched the title in an all-Island “Softball Classic.” (Jackie Saia photo)

Friendly rivals share cake after Tuesday’s game. (Photo courtesy Fred Farris)

The look of a champion. (Saia photo)

“Bring on the cake!!” (Saia photo)

Winner, winner, cake for dinner.

The Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball squad made it seven straight wins, bouncing their arch-rivals Tuesday night to claim the title in an all-Island “Softball Classic.”

The Hammerheads stifled the North Whidbey Bandits 9-2 at Rhododendron Park, giving them a 3-0 run in the tourney and lifting their season record to 14-1.

The four-team royal rumble brought Central, South and North Whidbey together, with Coupeville’s best proving too much for Oak Harbor’s two teams and Langley.

Since the tourney was a double-elimination affair, the Bandits, who lost their opener to Central Whidbey, would have needed to sweep two games from the Hammerheads to claim the title.

Coupeville’s diamond queens had no intention of playing Wednesday, however, and jumped on their foes early and often Tuesday night.

Playing as the visiting team on their home turf, after losing a pregame coin flip, the Hammerheads pushed two runs across in the first.

After that, Central Whidbey built a 4-0 lead midway through the third inning, surrendered one run, then promptly tossed three more on the board to give itself some breathing room.

From there, the Hammerheads strolled home, adding two runs in the sixth to pad things out.

Central Whidbey tossed a new pitcher into the mix, with recent addition Savina Wells taking the ball from CWLL coach Fred Farris, and the Coupeville 6th grader was impeccable.

Whiffing eight while tossing a complete game, Wells was also a mighty masher at the plate, bombing two home runs while batting lead-off.

Savina was in complete control and really pitched a gem,” Farris said.

Wells got plenty of help from her teammates, as the Hammerheads combined to whack 11 hits and play superb defense.

Mia Farris, Madison McMillan, and Chloe Marzocca chipped in with two hits apiece, with Mia Farris joining Wells in launching a home run.

Rounding out the hit parade were Brionna Blouin (2B), Allison Nastali (1B), and Teagan Calkins (1B).

Facing a strong foe in North Whidbey, the Hammerheads used inspired defense to shut down any rallies before they got started.

Mia Farris, who earned a golden game ball along with North Whidbey’s Reese Wasinger, made a diving snag on a foul ball in front of the visitor’s dugout to end the fourth inning.

“She had a highlight-reel catch,” said her proud dad/coach. “The crowd and her teammates erupted.”

Not to be outdone, Blouin came up firing on what proved to be the game’s final play, launching a laser to second to nab a would-be base-stealer.

As they celebrated with medals and cake, which they shared with their friendly rivals, the Hammerheads left their coach beaming.

With just two games left in the regular season — one Friday and one June 1 — Fred Farris is pleased with the growth he’s seen from his players, and excited about the future.

“The girls really upped their game during the tournament,” he said. “Scoring 35 and only giving up three in their three games.

“We start gearing up for all-stars (soon) and have a few things to tighten up, but these girls are ready to make their mark!,” Farris added. “Proud of these girls and how far they’ve come this season!”

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CHS spikers (l to r) Maya Toomey-Stout, Ashley Menges, Emma Smith, Hannah Davidson, Zoe Trujillo, and Scout Smith. (Photo courtesy Charlotte Young)

A six-pack of Wolves ruled the volleyball world this weekend.

Coupeville High School stars Emma Smith, Ashley Menges, Maya Toomey-Stout, Zoe Trujillo, Scout Smith, and Hannah Davidson play for the Whidbey Volleyball Club 18U team, and they sparked that squad to a championship in the final tourney of the season.

Whidbey roared through pool and match play to claim 1st place in the Silver Bracket at the PSRVB regionals at Henry Jackson High School.

The team, which mixes players from several Whidbey Island high schools, finished second in pool play Saturday, then opened play Sunday by toppling the #1 seed in its bracket.

After taking a loss in their second match, the spikers bounced back to win two more bouts and walk away with the trophy.

Menges and Smith, who wrapped impressive four-year careers with the CHS volleyball program in the fall, graduate in June, but the other four Wolves are expected to anchor next year’s team.

The experience they picked up playing club will be invaluable, said their older teammates.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better tournament and team,” Menges said. “It’s definitely a different dynamic than school and having a lot of the Coupeville girls playing different positions made their game so much broader and they are so more well-rounded.”

She hailed Davidson, currently a CHS junior, for her play in the championship match.

“I would just like to throw out that Hannah had the best game I’ve ever seen her play in our last match,” Menges said.

Smith agreed with her fellow Wolf legend.

“This has been one of the best teams I’ve ever played with,” she said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better group of girls to play my last club tournament with.

“Also, the Coupeville girls have improved so much, and will make such a difference on the team next year.”

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(Mimi Johnson photo)

   They call them the Crush, cause that’s what they did to other teams all season long en route to an 18-0-1 record. (Mimi Johnson photo)

(Renae Mulholland photo)

  One of many, many runs Central Whidbey scored this season. (Renae Mulholland photo)

Kyle Van Velkinburgh, who whacked three hits in the championship game, gets photo-bombed by her fan club. (Dustin Van Velkinburgh photo)

   Kylie Van Velkinburgh, who whacked three hits in the championship game, gets photo-bombed by her fan club. (Dustin Van Velkinburgh photo)

Izzy Wells (left) and Abby Mulholland cap their season with sweet treats. (Mulholland photo)

   Izzy Wells (left) and Abby Mulholland cap their season with sweet treats. (Mulholland photo)

They crushed them until the end.

Capping an unbeaten season, the Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball squad swept through the Bill Sparks tournament, adding a tourney title to an already impressive season.

By the time the Coupeville Crush were done winning three of three in tournament action, it had finished the year with an 18-0-1 record.

“I am so proud of these girls,” said coach Mimi Johnson. “What a great season!”

Central Whidbey put the cherry on top of the sundae, holding off North Whidbey Purple 14-10 in the title game, held at Skagit River Park.

The Crush exploded early, raining down a five-spot in both the first and second inning.

Izzy Wells, Coral Caveness and Abby Mulholland eked out walks in the opening frame, with Kaela Meffert and Kylie Van Velkinburgh delivering “well-placed hits.”

The runs kept coming in the second, with Meffert taking one for the team to kick things off.

After she was plunked, Wells and Jill Prince walked, while Caveness and Audrianna Shaw whacked base hits.

The Crush almost got more, but North Whidbey somehow ran down a bomb to left off the bat of Sofie Martin, before doubling the runner off of third.

It didn’t matter, though, with Wells reaching double digits in strike-outs from the pitcher’s circle, and the Crush bats remaining hot.

Coupeville scraped out a run in the third, using a bit of everything.

Stella Johnson led off with a solid base knock, her cousin, Thora Iverson, walked, Bam Ries reached on an error and Kenna Somes walked.

North Whidbey crept back into the game in the fourth, a rarity against a Crush team which ten-runned most of its foes this season.

“Their at bat was almost my emotional undoing,” Mimi Johnson said with a laugh. “I don’t like games being this close!”

The Crush never actually lost the lead, though, and continued to put up runs in every inning.

Iverson, Ries and Shaw delivered base hits in the late innings, Anya Lavelle got plunked and Martin stole home to take away some of their coach’s stress.

It was a team effort across the board, with Van Velkinburgh finishing with three hits and five RBI, while the Crush defense was on target.

Mulholland ran down a “beautiful long shot to center field,” while Prince was a vacuum at first, letting nothing past.

The game, the tourney and the season ended in high style, with Wells (and her flame-throwing arm) gunning down the final two hitters.

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