NWLL eliminated from District 11 tournament

A hustling Brent Mertins beats out an infield single in the second inning of Friday’s game as the throw to Burlington-Edison first baseman Patrick Yeager is just late.  - Tim Adams/Whidbey News-Times
A hustling Brent Mertins beats out an infield single in the second inning of Friday’s game as the throw to Burlington-Edison first baseman Patrick Yeager is just late.
— image credit: Tim Adams/Whidbey News-Times

Coming off a 10-3 victory over Central Whidbey in the opening round of the Little League District 11 10- to-11-year-old tournament followed by a 19-0 shellacking of Sedro-Woolley in the quarterfinals, the North Whidbey team appeared to be in good shape heading into Friday evening’s semifinal matchup against Burlington-Edison.

The Burlington-Edison squad was also undefeated in tournament games with victories over South Whidbey, 9-0 on Sunday, and a 4-1 win over Anacortes Tuesday evening.

However, North Whidbey’s fortunes went south in a hurry in Friday’s game.

After a scoreless first inning, Burlington-Edison sent 12 batters to the plate in the bottom of the second inning scoring seven runs, and went on to beat the local team 13-0 in a game called after four innings of play on the 10-run rule.

Burlington-Edison pitcher Drew Larson was simply too much for North Whibey’s hitters to handle, striking out four over the first three innings of the game.

Brent Mertens beat out an infield single to lead off the second inning but was left stranded at second base, and Hunter Adams collected a one-out double in the top of the third. Other than that, NWLL’s bats were silent.

The loss dropped North Whidbey into the loser’s bracket of the tournament.

But the boys came back strong with a 7-2 victory over Anacortes Saturday morning, to set up a second meeting with Burlington-Edison Sunday afternoon in the championship game.

NWLL played much better in the second meeting between the two teams and the game went seven innings before Burlington-Edison scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to pull out a 6-5 win and claim the championship.

The victory advances Burlington-Edison to the state tournament in Auburn.

South Whidbey 9, South Skagit Nationals 1

In Little League Juniors action, South Whidbey overcame the whooping cough problem that had plagued the tournament games in Oak Harbor and Burlington, and defeated the South Skagit Nationals 9-1 in the championship game that was played Sunday afternoon in Mount Vernon.

South Whidbey advances to the state tournament to be played at Skagit Valley College Dream Field in Mount Vernon.

South Skagit Nationals 7, Central Whidbey 0

The South Skagit Nationals majors ended Central Whidbey’s season Monday evening at Skagit River Park in Bellingham beating the 11- to-12-year-old all-stars 7-0.

South Skagit advances to the state tournament in Mill Creek.

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