North Whidbey shuts out South End Little League

The North Whidbey Little League All-Stars recovered from an 11-run loss to Burlington-Edison to defeat South Whidbey 8-0 on Wednesday. South Whidbey was eliminated, and North Whidbey had an opportunity for the rematch Thursday night.

North Whidbey scored all eight runs with two outs in the fourth inning. A lot of things went right for North Whidbey and wrong for South Whidbey in the fourth at Oak Harbor’s Windjammer Park.

It looked like South Whidbey pitcher, Louis Pope, who had given up only two hits entering the inning, might get out of the jam. Louis forced a pop up, fired a strikeout and then got the next hitter to fly to center. But the ball was misplayed into a three-run, three-base error.

Meanwhile, North Whidbey’s pitcher blanked the South Whidbey hitters. He threw five innings and struck out nine batters while yielding three hits and two walks.

South Whidbey threatened in the third when it put the first two runners aboard, but North Whidbey’s starting pitcher threw his way out of the jam. Kody Newman and Louis cracked back-to-back singles,  a two-out walk loaded bases.

Kody, Louis, Mitch Grady and Cody Wilkie had the only South Whidbey hits. Cody led off the sixth inning with a line drive inches from the top of the fence. He hit it so hard, he got only a single.

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