One of the beauties of baseball is there is no clock. If you keep getting hits, you get to keep playing.
The North Whidbey Little League 11/12 baseball team did just that, recording hit after hit with two outs in the final inning until it scored six runs to beat Anacortes 10-9 in the district tournament Thursday, July 6, in Langley.
“(The) most amazing comeback I’ve ever witnessed,” coach Shane Hoffmire said.
North Whidbey now plays in the District 11 semifinals at 6 p.m. Friday, July 7, at South Whidbey Community Park.
Against Anacortes, North Whidbey put up goose eggs and didn’t get a hit until the fifth inning, then it tallied three times, setting up the dramatic finish.
In the fifth, singles by Chris Shashaty, Nathan Ginnings and Tyler Abbott and a double by Christian Gisvold resulted in the three spot.
In the sixth, Brady Towsley and Nate Moore began the inning with singles. After an out, Towsley scored and Moore was out on Gunnar Lutz’s fielder’s choice. Down to its final out and trailing by six, North Whidbey strung together consecutive hits by Ginnings, Parker Anderson, Abbott, Gisvold, Alex Jenkins and Towsley to pull off the unlikely comeback.
Towsley’s game-winner was a shot down the left-field line that scored Jenkins all the way from first.
“It was a great team effort as the boys never gave up and played until the end,” said assistant coach Ken Harrison.