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Junior softball headed to state

Members of the combined North Whidbey/Central Whidbey Juniors softball team, Emily Clay, Maria Rockwell, Emily Saar, Shawna Steele, Morgan Young, Samm Zimmerman, Kelsey Rankin, Emily Hoyt, Alexandra Kaipat, Sadie Strain, Nichole Oalmann and Faith Franssen celebrate winning the District 11 championship Sunday at Volunteer Park. The team advances to the state tournament July18 in Krikland. - Photo courtesy of Cindi Zimmerman
Members of the combined North Whidbey/Central Whidbey Juniors softball team, Emily Clay, Maria Rockwell, Emily Saar, Shawna Steele, Morgan Young, Samm Zimmerman, Kelsey Rankin, Emily Hoyt, Alexandra Kaipat, Sadie Strain, Nichole Oalmann and Faith Franssen celebrate winning the District 11 championship Sunday at Volunteer Park. The team advances to the state tournament July18 in Krikland.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Cindi Zimmerman

The combined North Whidbey and Central Whidbey junior softball team pounded Sedro-Woolley in a doubleheader on a rainy afternoon at Volunteer Park Sunday, July 12, to advance to the state tournament scheduled to began Saturday, July 18, in Kirkland.

In the opening game of the double-dip, the 13 and 14-year-olds opened a 13-0 lead and went on to defeat the Sedro-Woolley all-stars 20-9.

A strong pitching performance by Emily Saar combined with several good defensive plays, allowed the local team to take the early advantage.

“I’m real proud of the girls, they played hard and did a great job,” coach Robert Young said. “We are looking forward to going to state and representing North Whidbey and Central Whidbey.”

The nightcap of the twinbill was just as one-sided as the North/Central Whidbey team rolled into the state tournament with a 12-2 win.

The team plays its first game in the state tournament at 3 p.m. in Kirkland.

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