Little Leaguers take fifth

Representing one of the smallest districts in the state, the North Whidbey 11-12 year-old All-Star team proved they deserved to be in the state tournament last weekend.

The NWLL stars won their first game of the tournament 4-0 over the Bonney Lake All-Stars on Saturday. With a one run lead going into the bottom of the fourth inning, Austin Humphries nailed a three-run pinch hit home run that put the game out of reach for North Whidbey. George Allain pitched a scoreless five and one-third innings with one of the lowest pitch counts ever recorded in NWLL history.

In their next game against the Richland National team, North Whidbey was one run shy of advancing through the winners’ bracket, as they fell 1-0.

Facing elimination, the NWLL All-Stars came back with a strong 10-1 victory over Eastlake on Monday. After falling behind early, North Whidbey responded by scoring five runs in the fourth inning. A single by Jake Rouser and doubles by David Cozad and David Encinas helped generate the runs. Rouser later added a three-run home run to pad the score.

Jordan Young kept the Eastlake bats off balance all game as he picked up the win.

With the championship game in view, South Everett spoiled those hopes on Tuesday with a 3-2 defeat of North Whidbey. Despite a valiant effort to tie the game in the top of the sixth inning, North Whidbey was unable to hang on in the bottom of the sixth.

“It takes more than one player or coach to make it this far,” assistant John Humphries said. “We had 12 kids and three coaches who worked hard and played their part in this chapter of North Whidbey baseball history.”

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