Undaunted by a one-sided loss in its opening state tournament game Saturday, July 14, the North Whidbey Little League 9-11 softball team responded by thumping North Clark 18-2 Sunday at Shorewood High School.
North Whidbey will try to stay alive in the eight-team tournament when it plays Puyallup’s South Hill Little League in a loser-out game at 6:45 p.m. Monday at Shorewood.
Pacwest 19, North Whidbey 1 (3 innings)
SeaTac’s Pacwest scored five runs in the first inning and never let up on the way to the first-round win over North Whidbey.
North Whidbey’s lone run and hit came in the first inning when Ella Bishop walked and Loto Tupu doubled.
North Whidbey’s only other base runners were walks to Leilah Edwards in the second inning and Bishop in the third.
Pacwest used eight hits (including two doubles and a home run) and 10 walks to produce its big offensive output.
North Whidbey 18, North Clark 2 (3 innings)
Seven walks (Jaydin Lopez, Tupu, Katie Cantrell, Edwards, Bishop, Katherine Ferrell, Ramona Ryder), a hit batter (Breanne Marley) and singles by Lily Norman, Ryder and Lopez powered North Whidbey to an eight-run first inning in the romp over North Clark, which is based out of Yacolt, northeast of Battle Ground.
North Whidbey continued to roll with six second-inning runs behind walks to Norman, Lopez, Tupu, Cantrell, Edwards and Bishop and hit batters Ryder and Edwards.
In the third, Edwards, Catherine Stone, Payton Ludemann, Bishop, Olivia Soto and Adyson Morales all walked as North Whidbey tacked on four more runs.