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Crabs claim Pony League baseball title

Peter Jacobs slides home safely as Charlie Patterson watches with the umpire during a game against the Mountlake Terrace Youth Athletics Association Titans.  - Matt Simms photo
Peter Jacobs slides home safely as Charlie Patterson watches with the umpire during a game against the Mountlake Terrace Youth Athletics Association Titans.
— image credit: Matt Simms photo

The Whidbey Crabs baseball team won its second consecutive league championship as a Pony League club.

The Crabs added three wins this week to bump their record to 26-3, which cinched their title hunt. Whidbey, which is part of the Mountlake Terrace Youth Athletics Association, beat the Seattle Blaze 11-1 Wednesday in Mountlake Terrace. Peter Jacobs led all batters, going 4-for-4 at the plate. Will Simms, Houston Schmutz, Trent Piehler and Josiah Sergeant each added two hits. Charlie Patterson picked up his eighth win and remained perfect from the mound, while Houston Schmutz closed the final innings.

Over the weekend in earlier action, the Crabs hosted a MTYAA jamboree three-game tournament with the MTYAA Titans and the MTYAA All-Star team comprised of the best players from all teams except Whidbey. The Crabs opted out of all-star competition to continue their season as a local squad in a few weeks. The jamboree was another showcase for the Crabs as they beat the Titans 4-2 and rallied in the final inning to clinch a 5-4 win over the All-Stars as Jacobs knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. The team stormed the field and swarmed Jacobs.

The Crabs will be back in action June 30 when they host the Seattle Pony League team for a doubleheader at the South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District field at Community Park.

The Whidbey Crabs are a select baseball club of 12 and 13-year-old players mostly from the South End.

Whidbey’s select baseball club has worked the past two years to make Dave Mackie Park its home field. They repaired the dugouts, backstop, foul poles and field with the help of Island County Public Works and the Rotary Club of South Whidbey Island. A team parent said the inaugural game at Mackie Park in Maxwelton may be played in early July.

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