Central Whidbey falls in championship game / 8-10 softball

The Central Whidbey Little League 8-10 softball team produced one big rally but couldn’t manufacture a second and fell 23-12 to Sedro-Woolley is the District 11 tournament Thursday, June 29, in Anacortes.

Sedro-Woolley earned the district title and a trip to the state tournament with the win. Central Whidbey needed to defeat Sedro-Woolley twice to win the title after losing to them earlier in the tournament.

Down 11-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, Central Whidbey rallied for 10 runs to cut the deficit to one. Sedro-Woolley responded by piling up 12 runs in the top of the fifth with the help of a disputed call; Central Whidbey could only get two back in its half.

An early injury slowed Central Whidbey’s momentum and a chance to get off to a quick lead.

Down 1-0 in the bottom of the first, Mia Farris and Taylor Brotemarkle led off with a pair of walks and moved up to second and third with stolen bases.

Farris, however, twisted her ankle and coach and father Fred Farris decided to be cautious with her health.

“We were careful with her, and both would have otherwise scored on the several wild pitches that followed,” coach Farris said. “That would have been nice to have the early lead and some momentum.”

Madison McMillan paced Central Whidbey with two hits and three runs, and “had a very good defensive game in left field and third base,” Farris said.

“Sedro was a very good team and deserved to move on,” Farris said. “The girls showed a lot of heart and fight, I couldn’t be more proud of them. It was a great experience for these awesome young ladies. We’ll be reading a lot about them in the years to come.”