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Coupeville boys basketball, which boasts nine players who will be seniors this coming season, went 5-0 this weekend, winning the Crescent Classic. (Mindy Grove photo)

The underclassmen join the action. (Photo courtesy Brad Sherman)

Right now, at this moment in time, they’re undefeated.

The high school boys basketball season is still months and months away, but that’s not stopping Coupeville from getting after it.

Prepping for an upcoming team camp, the Wolves traveled off-Island this weekend, and returned home as Crescent Classic champs.

Coupeville, facing off with Chimacum, Forks, and the host team, went 5-0 to nab the title.

Having traveled 154.8 miles round-trip to Crescent, the Wolves earned a win for every 31 miles.

CHS coach Brad Sherman had his full team at his disposal, with all nine returning full-time varsity players in attendance.

That group includes Jacobi Pilgrim, Jered Brown, Hawthorne Wolfe, Jean Lund-Olsen, Gavin Knoblich, Ulrik Wells, Mason Grove, Koa Davison, and Sean Toomey-Stout.

Also along for the trip were Daniel Olson and Xavier Murdy, who were swing players during the 2018-2019 season, and Tucker Hall.

After a season in which Coupeville had just one senior, the now-graduated Dane Lucero, the Wolves could boast nine 12th graders this winter.

The only underclassmen in the current varsity group are Olson, who will be a junior, and Wolfe and Murdy, who will be sophomores.

Their coach came away from the trip pleased with the results, and, more importantly, thrilled with the effort he saw from his players.

“Was a good opportunity for our guys to get out and play before camp,” Sherman said. “Good team basketball; really great team effort.”

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“Can’t talk, have to check my stats!” (Photo by Suzan Georges)

Scoring runs? Not a problem.

After sweeping a doubleheader from visiting Anacortes Saturday, the Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball team has scored 15 or more times in every single one of its 11 games.

So little wonder that the Wolves, after grabbing 18-10 and 19-9 victories at Rhododendron Park, sit at a flawless 11-0.

They’re doing it with pitching, with defense, but most of all, with booming bats, opportunistic base-running, and a love for stamping their feet on home plate.

And how many times have their spikes slammed down, you ask?

Oh, just 209 times so far, which means the Wolves are averaging an uncanny 19 runs a game. No big deal.

How Saturday played out:

 

Game 1:

After throwing five runs up on the board in the bottom of the first to claim a 5-2 lead, Central Whidbey never relinquished its advantage.

Though Anacortes didn’t go down all that easily.

The visitors twice rallied to within just two runs, at 6-4 and 12-10, but both times the Wolves responded emphatically.

The first time things got momentarily tense, Central Whidbey piled up five runs in the bottom of the fourth to stretch the lead back out.

Cue Anacortes chip-chip-chippin’ away at the lead, and then the Wolves hammering their rivals one more time, with a six-run assault in the sixth sealing the win.

Wolf pitcher Gwen Gustafson held Anacortes scoreless over the game’s final two innings, with barely a flicker of danger, and it was on to game two.

Central Whidbey piled up a mountain of hits on the day, raining down 20 in just the first game.

Savina Wells and Gustafson led the way with four base-knocks apiece, with Wells collecting a pair of doubles, while Sofia Peters, Maddie Georges, and Melanie Navarro had three singles each.

Rounding out the hit parade were Vivian Farris, Jill Prince, and Cypress Socha, while Adrian Burrows and Karyme Castro saw field time as well.

 

Game 2:

If the opener was semi-close, the nightcap turned into a rout quickly.

Trailing 3-0 when they came up in the bottom of the first, the Wolves promptly threw down 13 runs, with the first 11 batters reaching base safely.

Given a lead, Farris took to the pitcher’s circle and held Anacortes at bay, while getting some solid work from her defense.

Georges ripped a triple, while Wells, Socha, Gustafson, and Peters all doubled.

Central Whidbey collected “only” 13 hits in the second game, with Georges rattling a pair of singles to go with her three-bagger, but also eked out eight walks.

Burrows and Gustafson both picked up two free passes, Wells, Peters, Navarro, and Gustafson each finished with two hits, and Farris aided her own cause with a sharply-smacked single.

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“We’re going to score all the runs. All of them, I said!!” (Susan Farris photo)

Relentless.

Continuing to chew its way through the schedule, the Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball squad crushed host South Whidbey 25-4 Monday.

The win lifts the Hammerheads to a flawless 7-0, while improving their run differential on the season to an eye-popping 145-32.

Kicking off a busy week – Central has five games in six days – Monday’s game was the second-straight to feature Allison Nastali in the pitcher’s circle.

Giving staff ace Chloe Marzocca a bit of rest time, Nastali was on point, whiffing five across four innings of work.

Her team’s offense, after a (relatively) slow start, was its usual marauding self.

After putting up three runs apiece in each of the first three innings, Central Whidbey erupted for 16 runs on 13 hits in the game-ending fourth frame.

For the game, the Hammerheads bashed out 22 hits, led by Jada Heaton’s career-best five base-knocks.

Teagan Calkins backed her up with four hits, including a hard line-drive double, while Mia Farris, Madison McMillan, and Brionna Blouin delivered three hits apiece.

McMillan had the biggest extra-base hit of the game, singing the South Whidbey defense for a triple during the game’s big uprising.

Taylor Brotemarkle and Nastali rounded out the hit parade, slashing two base-knocks each, while Katie Marti (3), Aleksia Jump (3), and Mayleen Weatherford (1) combined to net seven of their team’s 25 runs.

Blouin (4) and Nastali (3) topped the team in RBI’s, with “Katie and Taylor playing great in the middle of the infield,” according to Hammerheads coach Fred Farris.

Marzocca, who has been battling a bit of tendinitis, got the night off, and is expected to be ready and rarin’ to go for Central’s next game, Tuesday at North Whidbey.

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The undefeated Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball team swept a doubleheader Saturday, while CHS players Veronica Crownover (back, center) and Nicole Laxton (far right) worked as umps. (Suzan Georges photo)

All they do is win.

Playing in front of high school stars Nicole Laxton and Veronica Crownover, who were making successful debuts as umps Saturday, the Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball squad swept a home doubleheader.

Even playing without staff pitching ace Savina Wells, the Wolves were too much for Anacortes, pulling out an 18-16 win in the opener, before rolling 17-7 in the nightcap.

The sweep lifts Central Whidbey to a flawless 9-0 on the season, a time when they have outscored their foes 172-58.

How the twin-bill sweep went down:

 

Game 1:

The Wolves whacked 23 hits and ended up needing every one of them in a rare nail-biter.

CWLL uncharacteristically trailed several times in the game, and were still tied 15-15 heading into the bottom of the sixth, but pulled away at the end.

Big hits from Gwen Gustafson, Maddie Georges, Jill Prince, and Sofia Peters gave the Wolves their final three runs, then the defense clamped down in the top of the seventh, and victory was achieved.

Georges led the Central Whidbey attack, ripping five singles in the opener (just the start of an amazing day at the plate for the CMS 8th grader), while Peters added a triple and three singles.

Prince notched three base-knocks, including a double, with Gustafson (2), Allie Lucero (2), Melanie Navarro (2), Vivian Farris (2), Maya Lucero (2), and Cypress Socha (1) all collecting hits as well.

Central Whidbey also played stellar defense, with Georges catching a fly on the run in center, elevating to make the catch at the last second, while Peters snared a shot back to third while sliding on her knees.

 

Game 2:

After some tenseness in the opener, the nightcap was more like a normal game for the Wolves, as they used 17 hits, five strong innings from Vivian Farris, making her first career start in the pitcher’s circle, and a monster performance by Georges.

Dominating every aspect of the game, she followed up her five-hit performance in game one with a four-hit affair in game two, which included a two-run inside-the-park home run to open the scoring.

When she wasn’t smoking hits to every field — she finished with nine base-knocks on the day — Georges provided a calming target for Farris behind the plate.

She also popped up and gunned down three would-be base-stealers, including a pair headed to third.

Central Whidbey scored in every inning, dropping two runs apiece in the first, second, and fourth innings, while blowing up the board for seven in the third.

Add a single run in the fifth, and three in the bottom of the sixth, and the mercy rule took effect when Maya Lucero lofted a monster fly which cleared the right fielder’s head before landing and bouncing around out by the warning track.

The Wolves spread out their hits, with Georges being backed by Allie Lucero (two doubles and a single) Gustafson (two singles), Peters (a home run and a single), and Prince (two singles).

FarrisNavarro, Karyme Castro, and Adrian Burrows all punched singles, as the entire lineup was on fire.

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“I must break you!” (Susan Farris photo)

They’ve got everyone running scared.

The Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball team is so dangerous, giving up a few runs is almost yawn-inducing.

After giving Anacortes a brief glimmer of hope Friday, the Hammerheads flicked the destruction button on their bats and rained down the game’s final 17 runs on their way to a 25-5 win.

The victory, called after three innings due to the mercy rule, lifts Central Whidbey to a flawless 6-0 on the season.

Having outscored foes 120-28 across those six games, you start to question if anyone can touch the Hammerheads.

And maybe that’s what Sedro-Woolley was thinking, after they cancelled a scheduled trip to Coupeville for a Saturday game.

Now it’s very possible, even likely, the reason for the cancellation was something mundane like illness or missing players.

But I’m sticking with my original thought — no one wants to face Godzilla, especially on Godzilla’s home turf.

Friday night the Hammerheads gave staff ace Chloe Marzocca the night off, instead putting the ball into Allison Nastali’s hands and allowing her to make her first start in the pitcher’s circle.

Nastali responded, whiffing five batters across her three innings of work, while “throwing gas” in the words of CWLL coach Fred Farris.

Teagan Calkins and Brionna Blouin split time behind the plate, while Blouin also made a sensational snag of a line drive while pulling duty at first base.

While Central Whidbey had “just” an 8-5 lead after one inning of play, Farris let his veterans take the lead on getting things back in the proper flow.

Taylor (Brotemarkle) demonstrated good leadership, calming the troops after a rocky start,” he said.

The Hammerheads immediately responded, erupting for 13 runs in the second, before tacking on four more in the third inning to ice things.

Central Whidbey pounded out 11 hits, with Blouin leading the way with four base-knocks.

Jada Heaton, Brotemarkle, and Mayleen Weatherford collected two hits apiece, with Calkins adding one.

Equally important to the team’s success was the ability of the Hammerhead hitters to eke out walks, as they combined to rack up 21 free passes.

Madison McMillan, Aleksia Jump, and Nastali each walked four times, with Calkins making the leisurely trot to first base on three occasions.

Even Mia Farris, who sat out most of the game alongside Marzocca in a bid to even the playing field a bit, walked in her one at-bat.

All nine starters scored at least twice apiece, from Katie Marti, who trotted home two times, to the trio of McMillan, Blouin, and Jump, who tapped the plate four times each.

The Hammerheads have a busy week ahead, as they’ll put their winning streak on the line with five games in six days.

Central Whidbey travels to South Whidbey May 6 and North Whidbey May 7, then hosts North Whidbey May 9. The week wraps with a doubleheader May 11 on the road against South Skagit.

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