South Whidbey wins Andrade Tournament

With one tournament loss in the books, the North Whidbey Little League Rockies required back-to-back wins on Saturday to come away with Oak Harbor’s Andy Andrade Memorial Tournament title.

Unfortunately for the Rockies, it wasn’t in the cards.

After taking an initial lead, North Whidbey fell 5-1 to the South Whidbey Braves, ending its season with an impressive 19-2 overall record.

Austin Humphries gave the Rockies their first hit and only run of the game with two outs in the top of the first inning. Humphries jumped on the first pitch from Adam West and drilled it to right center field over the fence and the concession stand at City Beach Park for his second home run of the tournament and eighth of the year.

Still holding a 1-0 advantage in the bottom of the third, the wheels began to come off for North Whidbey.

A series of errors and bad hops led to all of the Braves’ five runs, before pitcher Josh Evans gathered his second strikeout of the inning to stop the bleeding.

“It’s a little bumpy in some areas and it seemed the ball found all the bumps that inning,” head coach John Humphries said.

North Whidbey looked like they may counter the following inning after a lead-off double from Billy Lampson and an intentional walk to Humphries. A strikeout and double play, however, ended hopes for a rally.

Anacortes team wins softball tourney

The VR61 Chiefs from Anacortes claimed the Andrade Little League softball tournament title on Friday night at Volunteer Park in Oak Harbor, beating the Central Whidbey Little League Blue Sox 25-15 in the championship game.

The NWLL Dodgers took third place in the tournament, while the NWLL Astros placed fourth. Berentson Construction of Anacortes rounded out the field in fifth place.

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