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Central Whidbey Little League refuses to lose in district play

Central Whidbey’s Little League team of 11-12 year olds won four straight games this week to avoid elimination in the district tournament.

Their romp through the losers’ bracket continued Thursday in Mount Vernon against North Whidbey. Playing in Sedro-Woolley, the Coupeville nine beat their island brethren 7-3 in a loser-out contest.

Alex Evans pitched a masterful six innings for a complete game win. Jared Murdy and Danny Pierce sparked a big inning for the mid-islanders and Forrest Nelson had a double and triple in the win.

Central Whidbey played Sedro-Woolley Friday night for the right to get into the championship round Saturday.

The Central Whidbey team consists of Greenbank and Coupeville All-Stars. After losing game one in the District 11 double-elimination tournament 11-1 to North Whidbey last Saturday, they came back to beat South Skagit National 4-3 on Sunday, South Whidbey 14-2 on Monday, Anacortes 5-2 on Wednesday, and then North Whidbey on Thursday.

Sunday’s 4-3 win over South Skagit was played in a downpour and called after four innings due to rain. James Smith made the play of the game. With runners on first and third and one out with Central Whidbey nursing a one run lead, Smith made a game-ending double play, stranding the runner at third. Matt Scott threw a complete game, striking out 4 and scattering 5 hits. Casey Larson scored 2 runs and Alex Evans, Smith and King picked up hits.

In Monday’s 14-2 win over South Whidbey, the Central Whidbey bats came alive with 21 hits. Brian Miller had 4 including a double and 3-run homer, Larson had 3 hits with a double, Zach Hauser had 3 with 2 doubles, and Alex Evans had 3 with a double. Evans also pitched 5 innings, giving up only 1 hit while whiffing 11 South Whidbey batters. Wilcox pitched the final inning, striking out 3.

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