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Have bats, will destroy you. (Susan Farris photo)

These girls with bats in their hands? Unstoppable.

The Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball team continued its wild joy ride through the spring Thursday, carving up visiting South Whidbey 25-0.

Dropping 18 runs in just the first inning alone, the Wolves rolled to their seventh-straight win, and have done it while outscoring foes 137-35.

If you don’t have your calculator close, I can make it easy for you — CWLL is averaging 19.6 runs a night, while giving up an average of five.

Thursday night the Wolves didn’t even give up a hit, as pitchers Savina Wells, Vivian Farris, and Maya Lucero combined to walk two, whiff seven, and erase South Whidbey 1-2-3 in both the first and third innings.

With the mercy rule in effect, and Central Whidbey having tacked on seven more runs in the bottom of the second, that’s where the game prematurely ended.

The Wolves were in total control, with their first 13 batters, and 18 of their first 19, successfully reaching base.

CWLL sent 32 hitters to the plate across the two innings it hit, and 11 of its 13 players scored.

Gwen Gustafson, Farris, Maddie Georges, Wells, and Maya Lucero all tapped home three times apiece, while Allie Lucero, Jill Prince, Melanie Navarro and Sofia Peters scored twice each.

Rounding out the offense, Hayley Fiedler and Adrian Burrows came around once each, Cypress Socha came off the bench to bash a double, and Karyme Castro also saw field time.

The Wolves return to action Saturday, with a just-scheduled 1 PM home doubleheader against Anacortes.

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Allison Nastali was a force at the plate and in the pitcher’s circle Saturday as the Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball team won again. (Photo courtesy Beth Nastali)

They liked the score so much, they reused it.

Bashing a foe 21-5 for the second-straight game, the Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball squad ran La Conner right out of town Saturday afternoon.

With the win, the scorching-hot hitters who call themselves the Hammerheads improved to 5-0 on the season, having outscored their rivals 95-20.

They also reclaimed the title of highest-scoring softball team in Coupeville.

Sitting at an even 19 runs a game, the Hammerheads edge ahead of the CWLL Juniors, who are tossing “just” 18.7 runs a night on the scoreboard.

La Conner actually led the game through an inning and a half Saturday, as hard as that might be to believe.

The visitors pushed three runs across in the top of the first, then after Central Whidbey tied the game back up, notched two more scores in the second.

And then death and destruction came raining down, as the Hammerheads used their bats to inflict grave damage on the hapless softball.

By the time Central Whidbey was done peppering hits in the bottom of the second, it had plated 14 runners and turned a 5-3 deficit into a 17-5 lead.

Four more runs in the bottom of the third, after Allison Nastali threw a perfect inning in the top half of the frame, whiffing two La Conner hitters, ended things.

Nastali, who was making her debut in the pitcher’s circle, teamed up with Taylor Brotemarkle and Chloe Marzocca to baffle the La Conner hitters.

While the Hammerhead hurlers were zipping fastballs past their rivals, the Central Whidbey bats were booming.

Mia Farris filled up the stat sheet, collecting three hits, including a triple, while knocking in a pair of runs and scoring four times herself.

And that was just the start of the offensive bonanza, as Madison McMillan used two hits to pick up five RBI, including a walk-off three-run double which ended the game, thanks to the mercy rule.

Teagan Calkins, Brionna Blouin, Marzocca, and Jada Heaton chipped in with two hits apiece, while Nastali, Mayleen Weatherford, and Katie Marti also had base-knocks.

“Everyone contributed and Allison was awesome on the mound,” said Central coach Fred Farris.

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Central Whidbey pitcher Chloe Marzocca was a two-way terror Tuesday, as her Majors softball team bounced its arch-rival. (Photo courtesy Fred Farris)

Katie Marti (left) and Jada Heaton both had big games, as well, as the Hammerheads remained undefeated. (Photo courtesy Jennifer McDavid-Heaton)

Blowout or nail-biter, it matters not.

The Central Whidbey Little League Majors softball squad is undefeated for one big reason – they can, and will, always find a way to win.

Tuesday night, that meant jumping out to a commanding lead against their arch-rivals, the North Whidbey Little League Bandits, then holding on when their foes came charging back.

When the scoreboard at Volunteer Park was shut off after five furious innings, Central Whidbey sprinted away with a 12-8 win, improving to a flawless 3-0 on the season.

Facing a team which boasts “some big hitters and really good pitching,” the Hammerheads opened the game exactly the way coach Fred Farris wanted them to – aggressively.

“We knew we had our hands full against a good team and rival,” he said.

To prepare his sluggers, Farris brought in CWLL Juniors pitchers Savina Wells and Gwen Gustafson to throw batting practice, guaranteeing the Hammerhead bats would be ready for the increased heat.

And, with a little prep, Central Whidbey was ready.

The Hammerheads broke the game open with five runs in the top of the first, keyed by a heads-up play from Katie Marti.

She’s the latest addition to one of Coupeville’s premier athletic dynasties, a fresh offshoot of a family tree which includes legends like grandpa Paul Messner, a golden god on the gridiron, and cousin Breeanna Messner, a four-sport standout back in the day.

But now it’s Katie Time, and she alertly scrambled to first after a dropped third strike got away from the North Whidbey catcher.

With new life, the Hammerheads immediately capitalized, thanks to Jada Heaton blasting a two-run single.

Chloe Marzocca was dealing heat from the pitcher’s circle for Central, holding her foes scoreless through the first three innings, while helping herself out on offense with a two-run single of her own.

Rolling along with a 10-0 lead, the Hammerheads looked untouchable, but North Whidbey is too good of a team to just roll over and quietly wilt.

The Bandits put together a six-run rally in the fourth to prevent the 10-run mercy rule from being implemented, but they would get no closer.

Taylor Brotemarkle came storming out of the bullpen to slam the door shut, recording the final five outs to seal the win for Marzocca and send Central fans home happy.

The Hammerheads spread their offense around, with Marzocca leading the hit parade with two base-knocks and three RBI.

Brotemarkle, Heaton, Teagan Calkins, and Madison McMillan added a hit apiece, while Brotemarkle came around to score a team-best three times.

Central Whidbey got two runs apiece from Brianna Blouin, Mia Farris, and Allison Nastali, with Marti, McMillan, and Marzocca also tapping home.

As good as they were on offense, the Hammerheads also sizzled on defense.

The team’s catcher and third-baseman combo of Calkins and Blouin teamed up to nail three runners caught between third and home.

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Nezi Keiper (in white, with ball) and the CMS 8th grade hoops squad went 9-0 this season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The final performance? Impeccable.

Fighting through rampant illness, then enduring a bus trip to the wilds of Granite Falls Tuesday, the Coupeville Middle School girls basketball teams closed their seasons with a bang.

Two wins, one of which capped an undefeated season for a Wolf squad, and a narrow loss in the third game, was the order of the day.

How it played out:

 

8th grade varsity:

Granite came out swinging (literally), but was no match for the Wolves, who cruised home with a 44-26 win to seal the deal on a flawless 9-0 season.

As the game progressed, at least three Coupeville stars were left seeing … stars, as Alita Blouin took an elbow to the eye, Maddie Georges had her nose rearranged, and Gwen Gustafson was body-slammed to the floor.

That last melee drew a technical foul on the hosts, but all the bangs and bruises in the world were no match for the high-flying Wolves.

Blouin, living up to her nickname of “The Assassin,” rained down unholy pain on Granite, torching the joint for a season-high 15 points.

The slash-and-destroy guard scored in every quarter, tossing in five field goals, ruffling the nets for a pair of free-throws, then stabbing Granite through the heart with a three-ball.

Coupeville is far from a one-woman team, however, with its top four scorers finishing within nine points of each other this season.

Tuesday, while Blouin was slashing to the hoop and popping from outside, Coupeville’s dominant post players, Carolyn Lhamon and Nezi Keiper, were the perfect complement, throwing down 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Up 10-7 at the first break, with four players already in the scoring column, the Wolves steadily built the lead from there.

With coach Alex Evans pulling all the right strings, and every player on the floor attacking relentlessly, CMS surged to a 23-12 lead at the half, before shoving the margin out to 35-19 heading into the fourth.

Seven of the 10 players to see action scored, led by the trio in double figures.

Georges, Gustafson, Ryanne Knoblich, and Jill Prince rounded out the attack, with a bucket apiece, while Hayley Fielder, Jordyn Rogers, and Jessenia Camarena also saw floor time.

 

7th grade varsity:

The only loss of the day, but a nail-biter until the end.

“We were always just right there; just needed one more minute!,” said CMS coach Megan Smith. “But proud of the way the girls played.”

The 24-19 loss drops Coupeville’s final record to 2-8, but that’s a bit deceptive.

Smith’s top two scoring threats, Brionna Blouin and Lauren Marrs, only played together six times during the 10-game schedule, as illness had other plans for the Wolf duo.

Tuesday was one of those six games, and they proved how potent they can be when they get a chance to work together.

Marrs went off for a game-high 13, scoring in every quarter and netting a three-ball, while Blouin returned from sick leave to bank in six points in support.

The game was knotted 8-8 after the first quarter, with Marrs having already scored in every possible way, hitting a trey, a field goal, and a free-throw.

The offense slowed down a bit in the second quarter, with Granite holding a 6-2 advantage, and that would prove to be a killer for the Wolves.

The two teams battled almost evenly across the final 14 minutes of the season, but the Tigers stretched the lead ever so slightly with a 6-5 third frame, before the teams closed with a 4-4 stalemate in the final quarter.

Smith got quality floor time for every one in uniform, with Jackie Contreras, Reese Wilkinson, Allison Nastali, Erica McGrath, Kaitlyn Leavell, Desi Ramirez, Skylar Parker, and Kayla Arnold chipping in with defense and hustle.

 

8th grade JV:

Someone check what Jessenia Camarena had for breakfast, because she was unstoppable.

Pouring in a season-high nine points in just two quarters, the defensive dynamo transformed into an offensive whirlwind, pacing Coupeville to an 11-8 win.

The victory, which comes after the  JV had to sit out back-to-back games, thanks to other schools battling their own spring cold and flu season, lifts the Wolves final record to 3-5.

While she got a bit of help from Claire Mayne, who slipped through the Granite defense for a first-quarter bucket, this was Camarena’s game, from start to finish.

She tossed in two buckets to go with Mayne’s basket, as CMS built a 6-2 lead after one quarter of action.

Not content to stop there, Camarena knocked down another field goal, and a three-ball, to account for all of Coupeville’s scoring in the second, and final, frame.

Setting her up for the offensive explosion were her teammates, who harassed the Granite ball-handlers and hit the boards with intensity.

Karyme Castro, Abigail Ramirez, Mercedes Kalwies-Anderson, Adrian Burrows, Prince, Rogers, McGrath, and Contreras rounded out the active roster.

 

Final scoring totals for the 2019 season:

 

8th varsity:

Carolyn Lhamon – 71
Alita Blouin – 65
Nezi Keiper – 63
Maddie Georges – 62
Gwen Gustafson – 25
Ryanne Knoblich – 16
Hayley Fiedler – 10
Jill Prince – 6
Trinity McGee – 2
Jordyn Rogers – 2

 

7th varsity:

Brionna Blouin – 74
Lauren Marrs – 62
Desi Ramirez – 17
Reese Wilkinson – 8
Erica McGrath – 6
Kayla Arnold – 2
Ava Mitten – 2
Allison Nastali – 2
Skylar Parker – 2

 

8th JV:

Jessenia Camarena – 17
Trinity McGee – 11
Claire Mayne – 10
Mercedes Kalwies-Anderson – 9
Adrian Burrows – 8
Cristina McGrath – 8
Ryanne Knoblich – 6
Karyme Castro – 4
Melanie Navarro – 4
Jill Prince – 3
Jordyn Rogers – 3

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Gwen Gustafson and the CMS 8th grade hoops squad are a pristine 7-0 on the season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

One team is chasing experience, the other perfection.

The two Coupeville Middle School girls basketball squads to see action Tuesday at home against Lakewood found different results, but both continue to build towards a bright future.

How the action played out:

 

8th grade varsity rolls towards nirvana:

Two games away from perfection.

Dodging the rampant illness running through Coupeville, at least for the moment, the Wolves crushed Lakewood 38-21 to improve to a flawless 7-0 on the season.

CMS coach Alex Evans and his band of fiery attack dogs have two games remaining, both against teams they have already beaten.

First up is the home finale Thursday, with Sultan on the menu, than a road trip Mar. 19 to Granite Falls.

Facing off with Lakewood, a much-larger school which feeds players to a 2A high school, the Wolves methodically bushwhacked their foes.

A 10-7 lead after one blossomed into a 19-10 margin at the half, then a 30-16 bulge headed into the fourth quarter.

Alita Blouin, the quick-silver killer known as “The Assassin,” led the way, hitting for a game-high 11 points on a variety of shots, including a big three-ball in the third frame.

She was backed up by Nezi Keiper, who rattled the rim for nine points, and the inside-outside combo of Carolyn Lhamon and Maddie Georges, who hit for six apiece.

Hayley Fielder (4) and Gwen Gustafson (2) rounded out the well-balanced attack, while Jill Prince, Jordyn Rogers, and Ryanne Knoblich all chipped in with defense, hustle and all-around scrappiness.

 

7th grade varsity goes down swinging:

Coupeville was missing leading scorer Brionna Blouin and defensive dynamo Allison Nastali, thanks to illness, and the Wolves fell 37-13 to their big-school rivals.

The loss drops the Wolves to 2-6 on the season.

Lakewood put the hammer down hard in the early going, sprinting out to a 14-2 lead after one quarter, then steadily increased the lead as the game went.

Coupeville ended the afternoon on a positive note, however, taking the fourth-quarter battle 4-2, with Erica McGrath and Desi Ramirez singing the nets for a bucket apiece.

Ramirez, who entered the game with nine points on the season, went off for a team-high six, while Lauren Marrs hit for three.

Joining that duo, and McGrath, plucky Ava Mitten, niece of former CHS hoops hotshot Jason McFadyen, drained the first basket of her middle school hardwood career.

Skylar Parker, Reese Wilkinson, Kayla Arnold, Kaitlyn Leavell, and Jackie Contreras also saw floor time for Megan Smith’s ever-improving team.

 

8th grade JV sits out:

Lakewood is getting hit as bad as Coupeville is when it comes to cold and flu season, and the visitors weren’t able to field a JV team this time around.

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