Whidbey little league rivals come together on all-star squad

Local action begins July 5 at Windjammer Park

During the season, they were rivals.

Now that the regular season for North Whidbey Little League has ended, all-star players from the Dodgers, Giants, Red Sox and others are banded together and getting ready for the all-star tournaments.

This season the fields at Windjammer Park will host three tournaments, the age 9 to 10-year-old baseball, the 10 to 11-year-old baseball and the junior baseball.

Tournament action begins July 5 so there isn’t a lot to time remaining for the local kids to learn to play together.

On Saturday, the North Whidbey all-stars were out in force on the beach-front playing fields along with their coaches and a number of dads working on fundamentals which are a requirement for a player and his team to be successful.

Robert Barr, a left-hander, was the designated pitcher for bunting practice and was making sure his pitches went straight and he didn’t accidentally try to deliver a curve ball or a slider to the young players.

One of the first bunters to take his turn was Barr’s son, Richard, who played for the Giants in Little League majors during the season. Richard Barr was working hard and doing a good job bunting only strikes, getting his bunts down and trying to put the ball in play every time.

After loosening up, 11-year-old Kyle Houck, who said he was a pitcher on the Red Sox team during the regular season, was throwing the ball hard under the direction of coach Shawn Trisler in the bull pen.

“I’m one of the all-star coaches and during the regular season, I was the Little League Dodgers pitching coach,” Trisler said with a smile.

These days, Trisler has a lot to smile about as his son, Christopher, won the all-around championship in the Aquafina Pitch, Hit and Run competition at Safeco Field June 15.

“Chris won’t be playing all-stars this season, he’s only eight, but he is up here today helping out,” the older Trisler said.

Catching Houck and working on getting their signals straight was Little League Angels’ catcher Payton Traini.

“We had a pretty good season this year. We finished in second place,” Traini said.

North Whidbey Little League will be putting a number of top-notch players on the field and all the teams are looking forward to having success in the tournaments.

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