North Whidbey Little League opened the 8-10 softball state tournament by rolling to 20-4 win over West Plains (Spokane) in three innings Saturday, July 7, at Cheney High School.
North Whidbey took advantage of 12 walks and three hit batters to cruise to the big win.
The game ended after three innings because of the mercy rule, and North Whidbey, as the home team, batted only twice, piling up 11 runs in the first inning and nine in the second.
In the first inning, Mia Regan, Piper Lanning (twice), Alexis Black and Olivia Aranguri-Plummer all walked; Keli Aranguri-Plummer was hit by a pitch; and Regan, Reese Wasinger, Joelle Hassler (two) and Keli Aranguri-Plummer all stroked base hits to get North Whidbey off to a great start.
In the second inning, North Whidbey had only two hits, singles by Addison Christie and Emily Hills, but used walks to Ava Shoosmith, Christie, Olivia Aranguri-Plummer (two), Regan, Lanning and Keli Aranguri-Plummer and two hit batters, Wasinger and Hassler, to collect nine runs.
Wasinger pitched a three-inning no-hitter, striking out seven.
North Whidbey faces Bellevue at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, in the next round.