The North Whidbey Junior Little League (13-14) baseball team lost twice and was eliminated over the weekend from the nine-team state tournament at sweltering West Valley High School in Yakima.
North Whidbey fell 8-5 to Puyallup’s South Hill Little League Friday and then lost 10-0 in five innings to Fort Vancouver Sunday.
South Hill 8, North Whidbey 5
South Hill used a combination of hits and walks to score six runs in the third inning, and North Whidbey never recovered in the 99-degree heat.
In the second inning, North Whidbey used a single, two stolen bases and a passed ball to push around Nick Wright for the game’s first score.
South Hill, after the six-run third inning, upped its lead to 7-1 in the fourth with the help of a double.
In the fifth, North Whidbey added a run when Mackay Burton singled, stole second and third and scored on Joey Starr’s sacrifice fly.
North Whidbey made it 7-3 in the sixth when Brody Chowning singled in Lorenzo Lopez.
South Hill responded with a run to push its lead to 8-3.
North Whidbey rallied for two runs in the seventh. It loaded the bases when Wright walked and Burton and Adam Nurvic were hit by pitches. A walk to Thomas Mayhew forced in one run and Burton scored on a wild pitch, but the comeback bid ended there.
“Overall a great game,” coach Shawn Philp said. “It was tough playing in the Yakima heat.”
Fort Vancouver 10, North Whidbey 0 (5 innings)
The game got off to a promising start for North Whidbey when Chowning led off with a single, but he was unable to score.
Fort Vancouver had better luck in its half and tallied three times.
In the second inning, Fort Vancouver struck for another three runs, all with two outs.
Fort Vancouver used a sacrifice fly to go up 7-0 in the fourth.
North Whidbey wasted an excellent opportunity to score in the fifth. Wright singled and Lopez reached on an error, both moved up on stolen bases and North Whidbey had runners at second and third with no outs. A popup and two strikeouts, however, ended the threat.
Fort Vancouver plated three runs in the bottom of the fifth to go up 10-0 and put the mercy run into action.
“Today was a tough game against a great opponent,” Philp said. “Vancouver’s pitcher performed outstanding. We had some good plays, but the ball just didn’t go where we needed it to and it was hard to change the momentum of the game after the first two innings.”