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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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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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