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Little League District: North and Central Whidbey pick up wins in 13-14 baseball
The local Little League baseball and softball teams had mixed results in the District 11 tournaments Tuesday and Wednesday, July 6 and 7.
The North Whidbey 13-14 baseball team won in dramatic fashion, 5-4, over Burlington/Sedro-Woolley Tuesday at South Whidbey High School.
The Central Whidbey 13-14 team fell to South Skagit 12-8 Tuesday, then bounced back Wednesday to throttle Anacortes 25-1 at South Whidbey.
The North Whidbey 10-11 baseball team lost to South Whidbey 12-5 in the quarter finals Wednesday at the Kiwanis Fields in Sedro-Woolley.
Two local team were eliminated by suffering their second losses.
The North Whidbey 9-10 baseball team dropped a 21-7 contest to Sedro-Woolley at South Whidbey Community Park Tuesday, and the North Whidbey 9-10 softball squad fell 21-10 to South Skagit Wednesday at Sedro-Woolley's Janiki Fields.
Brandon Bailey's line-drive over the right-fielder's head in the bottom of the seventh inning put the finishing touches on North Whidbey's come-back 5-4 win over Burlington/Sedro-Woolley.
A pair of errors allowed North Whidbey to pick up a run in the first. In the fourth, Brent Mertins walked and Bailey and Tom Horton singled to load the bases. Daniel Wolfe walked to force in a run; that made it 3-2 Burlington/Sedro-Woolley.
In the fifth, Mason Dieter singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Horton followed the same path to tie it 4-4 in the sixth.
North Whidbey now plays South Skagit at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 8, at 6 p.m. at South Whidbey High School.
Central Whidbey's loss to South Skagit was a "comedy of errors" during the early innings according to coach Jeff Tumblin.
Central Whidbey trailed 9-1 after three innings. It cut the margin to 9-7 by the sixth, thanks in part to Ben Etzell's three-run home run and aggressive base running. Jake Tumblin finished with four stolen bases.
In the lopsided win over Anacortes, strong pitching from Kurtis Smith, Tumblin and Korbin Korzan led the way.
Offensively, Tumblin (2), Etzell, Morgan Payne, Aaron Curtin and Wade Schaef stroked doubles. Tumblin and Etzell recorded three hits each.
Central Whidbey now has a rematch with South Whidbey Thursday, July 8, at 6 p.m. at the South Whidbey Community Park. Central Whidbey won the first match 14-4 Monday.
In spite of JJ Mitchell's two home runs, North Whidbey fell to South Whidbey 12-5.
Mitchell hit a two-run shot in the first and a three-run blast in the third to give North Whidbey the lead.
South Whidbey blended hits, walks and errors to pull away, according to North Whidbey coach Ken Harrison.
Although his team lost, Harrison said, "It was a good game of baseball."
North Whidbey plays host Sedro-Woolley in a loser out game at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 8, at the Kiwanis Fields.
North Whidbey couldn't overcome a 15-run second inning by Sedro-Woolley.
North Whidbey scored six runs in the second when it batted around. Kamren Mebane had two hits in the inning (and three for the game), Andrew Eaton doubled and Blake Gray singled to lead the charge.
Coach Ken Daberko noted the strong defensive play of Eaton, Eathan Cosper, Blake Booth, Sebastian Defant, Austin Daberko and Jack Horton in the tournament.
Coach Daberko said, "All my players made key plays tonight and were good on the bat as well. I can brag pretty good about my boys, they played their hearts out."
Central Whidbey plays a loser-out game with Burlington a 6 p.m. Thursday, July 8, at South Whidbey Community Park.
Coach Roman Olivera said "our defense got us" in the loss to South Skagit.
He said, however, "They did a pretty good job for a bunch of girls who came together from five teams." He said his team was also younger than its competition: "About 80 percent were from the minors."
Down 12-0, North Whidbey cut the lead to 12-7 at one point.
Olivera said, "They played to the best of their abilities. I was proud of them."
Defensively, shortstop Ryle Joseph had a strong game, according to Olivera, and pitcher Corina Olivera had six strikeouts in three innings of relief.
The pair also led the offense. Joseph was 3-for-5 with three RBI, and Olivera was 4-for-5 with two doubles. Halle Carpenter was 3-for-4 with two doubles, and Yesenia Keiser added a pinch single.