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Local Little League teams begin all-star action
Central Whidbey's 13-14 and North Whidbey's 10-11 baseball teams rolled to wins in the first round of District 11 all-star baseball action Monday, July 5.
Central Whidbey rocked rival South Whidbey 14-4 at the South Whidbey Community Park while North Whidbey stopped South Skagit 13-3 at Sedro-Woolley's Kiwanis Fields.
In other first-round action, both local 9-10 baseball teams fell at the South Whidbey Park. Central Whidbey lost to Anacortes 24-3 while their North Whidbey counterparts were defeated by Burlington 25-4.
North Whidbey's lone softball entry lost to South Skagit 36-22 at Sedro-Woolley's Janiki Fields in 9-10 year-old play.
Central Whidbey, leading only 4-3 heading into the bottom of the fourth, blew open a tight game with back-to-back five-run innings.
A three-run Central Whidbey first, thanks to consecutive doubles by Ben Etzell and Aaron Curtin, erased an early 1-0 South Whidbey lead.
After South Whidbey picked up single runs in the second and third to tie it, CW responded by getting one back in the third and then exploded for five runs in the fourth. The Wolves mixed three walks, three errors and Morgan Payne's RBI single to produce the five spot.
In the fifth, Etzell's second double of the game -- this time a two-run shot off the left-field fence -- capped the five-run inning and ended the game because of the mercy rule.
Central Whidbey now plays South Skagit at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, at the South Whidbey Community Park.
North Whidbey's 13-14 team, which had a first-round bye, also plays Tuesday at 6 against Burlington, a 26-6 winner over Anacortes Monday, at South Whidbey High School.
North Whidbey zipped by South Skagit by bursting out of the gate for 13 runs in the first three innings.
Coach Ken Harrison said there was no single hitting star but that it was "a good team effort throughout the lineup" and the "boys played well together."
He added that in all-stars "you never know what to expect" and was pleased that the "boys hard work paid off."
North Whidbey plays Wednesday, July 7, at 6 p.m. at Sedro-Woolley's Kiwanis Fields against the winner of South Whidbey and Sedro-Woolley.
In Central Whidbey's loss to Anacortes, coach Mike Etzell said the highlights were Kyle Rockwell's double, Joey Lippo's two runs, Mitch Carroll's "exciting catch in left field" and Cameron Toomey-
Stout's relief effort on the mound.
CW will jump back into action Thursday, July 8, at 6 p.m. at the South Whidbey Park against the loser of Burlington-South Skagit.
North Whidbey's patience at the plate produced four runs in the third inning against Burlington. Blake Gray walked, Sebastian Defant was hit by a pitch and then five more walks (Jack Horton, Kamren Mebane, Will Danielson, Donny Kloewer and Andrew Eaton) pushed across four runs.
North Whidbey meets Sedro-Woolley, a 13-2 loser to South Skagit, Tuesday, July 6, at 6 p.m. at South Whidbey Park.
North Whidbey will return to the diamond Wednesday, July 7, at 6 p.m. at the Janiki Fields against the loser of South Skagit and Sedro-Woolley.
The 11-12 tournament begins Saturday, July 10, at Oak Harbor's Windjammer Park. North Whidbey takes on South Whidbey at 2:30 p.m.