Darkness interrupts NW’s tournament opener / 8-10 baseball

The North Whidbey Little League 8-10 baseball team began district tournament play Thursday, June 21, in Langley but will have to wait until Friday to find out the result of the game.

North Whidbey and Anacortes were knotted at 11-11 when Thursday’s game was suspended because of darkness. The two teams will complete the contest at 5 p.m. Friday.

It took a comeback by both teams to push the game into extra innings.

North Whidbey trailed 10-2 going into the bottom of the fourth inning, then tallied twice in the fourth and seven more times in the fifth to take an 11-10 lead.

Anacortes rallied for a run in the sixth to tie the game, then North Whidbey wasted a bases-loaded opportunity in the bottom half of the inning to claim the win before darkness set in.

The North Whidbey offense was led by Tristan Hamblin, who hit a single and triple, walked twice and scored a run, and Alex Wilt, who rapped three base hits and scored twice.

John Totten and Coop Cooper each collected singles and walked twice, and Matt Graham added a base hit and walk.

Wilt was the most effective of four pitchers, striking out all three batters in his one inning of work.

The North Whidbey-Anacortes winner will take on host South Whidbey at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23. The loser will play at 11 a.m. Saturday as well, meeting the loser of Friday’s game between Sedro-Woolley and Burlington-Edison.

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