After struggling on both offense and defense in the District 11 opener Monday, June 25, the North Whidbey Little League 11-12 baseball team excelled in both facets of the game in a 10-0 thumping of Anacortes in four innings Tuesday in Sedro-Woolley.
North Whidbey will play host Sedro-Woolley in another loser-out game at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 28.
Jacob Figarelle and Christian Gisvold set the tone early in the win over Anacortes.
Figarelle, the starting pitcher, struck out the side in the top of the first to get the North Whidbey defense off to a good start.
Gisvold then led off the bottom of the first with a 10-pitch at-bat that ignited the offense. After fouling off five straight two-strike pitches, Gisvold ripped a triple down the first-base line. Will Ward then drove him home on a groundout to second base.
North Whidbey tacked on four more runs in the second inning. Parker Anderson walked and eventually scored on an error. Taryn Hardy doubled and scored on Sebastian Aranguri-Plummer’s base hit.
Gisvold followed with an inside-the-park home run on a line drive that the diving right fielder couldn’t reach.
Five runs in the third inning finished the scoring.
Alex Jenkins tripled; and Figarelle, Gunner Lutz, Gisvold and Ward all singled during the uprising.
On the mound, Figarelle finished with a one-hitter and nine strikeouts.