NWLL reaches semi-finals | 9/10 Baseball
By JIM WALLER
Whidbey News Times Sports editor
July 2, 2012 · Updated 12:15 PM
The North Whidbey Little League 9/10 baseball team scooted to the semifinals of the District 11 tournament with a pair of wins at South Whidbey this weekend.
NWLL stopped Anacortes 7-1 in a rain-shortened, four-inning win Saturday, June 30, then scored in its final at bat to nip Burlington 5-4 Sunday.
North Whidbey squares off with the winner of South Whidbey and Sedro-Woolley 6 p.m. Tuesday in Langley.
In the win over Anacortes, Brandon Barnes struck out six and gave up only one hit in three and a third innings.
NWLL, which finished with seven hits, scored four runs in the second. David Sisson and Logan Gonzalez started the uprising with singles and Nick Krantz finished it with a two-run triple.
North Whidbey used aggressive base running to take advantage of a handful of walks in the win over Burlington.
NWLL scored four runs in the second with the help of four consecutive walks and three stolen bases.
Burlington chipped away and eventually tied it at 4 in the fifth. It had a chance to take the lead in the top of the final inning but was thwarted by Barnes' one-hop throw from center field to catcher Austin Boesch to nail a runner trying to score from third on a fly.
In the bottom of the sixth, Trevor Westman walked and eventually scored the winner on a passed ball.
Cody Byars allowed only two hits and struck out three in three and a third innings on the mound.
Contact Whidbey News Times Sports editor Jim Waller at email@example.com or 360-675-6611 ext. 5060.