A late two-out rally carried the Central Whidbey Major Little League baseball team to a 6-4 win over Anacortes Thursday, July 11, in the District 11 tournament at Oak Harbor’s Windjammer Park.
The win was the second straight in an elimination game for Central Whidbey and kept its hopes alive for a district title.
Central Whidbey now faces a rematch with South Whidbey at 6 p.m. Friday, July 12. South Whidbey won the first matchup 6-0 Monday.
The Central/South winner advances to face Burlington in the championship series. Since Burlington is undefeated, its opponent will have to defeat it twice to claim the championship. The first game is 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13. The second, if necessary, is 2 p.m. Sunday.
Central Whidbey 6, Anacortes 4
Central Whidbey took an early lead by scoring twice in the bottom of the first inning behind base hits by Jack Porter and Aiden O’Neill and a sacrifice fly from Chase Anderson.
Anacortes scored two runs in both the second and third innings to go ahead 4-2.
Coupeville made it 4-3 with a run in the bottom of the fourth when Anderson singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
In the bottom of the fifth, Porter reached on a fielder’s choice. With two outs, he stole second and then O’Neill walked. Anderson followed with a run-scoring infield hit, setting up a big two-run single by Johnny Porter. Landon Roberts kept the inning alive by adding another base hit.
Central Whidbey coach Jon Roberts used five pitchers: Jordan Bradford, O’Neill, Jack Porter, Anderson and Landon Roberts. Other than the shaky second and third innings, the group allowed only two base runners over the other four innings.