The South Whidbey Little League Nationals, left, and Dodgers show off their medals after competing in the championship game of the Henry Pope Tournament. The Nationals defeated the Dodgers 3-1 for the title. (Submitted photo)

The South Whidbey Little League Nationals, left, and Dodgers show off their medals after competing in the championship game of the Henry Pope Tournament. The Nationals defeated the Dodgers 3-1 for the title. (Submitted photo)

Nationals win Pope Tournament / Little League

The South Whidbey Little League Nationals protected their home turf by winning the sixth annual Minor League Henry Pope Tournament last week in Langley.

Both SWLL entries in the tournament reached the championship game, and the Nationals slipped by the Dodgers 3-1 to claim the title.

The championship contest was the second time the two teams met in the tournament, and the Nationals won both with the same 3-1 score.

The first showdown went extra innings before Levi Batchelor drove in the winning run.

The two teams received strong performances from a host of pitchers: Kowen White, Collier Honold, Liam Monaghan, Carson Goodman, Bryson Taylor, Killian Shaw, Aedan Fisher and Tucker Allen.

White and Taylor each also raced around the bases for inside-the-park home runs.

All of the players “contributed to their teams, and we are so proud of how South Whidbey Little League can honor a great man,” Olivia Batchelor, SWLL player agent, said. “It was fantastic having his (Henry Pope’s) wonderful wife Teresa at the field today cheering and reminiscing about the days she and Henry coached here.”

Teresa Pope also noted “the innocence of the kids,” Batchelor said, and how the players don’t care so much about winning and losing but look forward to the getting “a hot dog and orange soda” after the game.

More in Sports

Records fall at Adventure Swim

It was a day of records for the eighth annual Whidbey Adventure… Continue reading

South Whidbey drops tournament opener / 8-10 baseball

Anacortes used a big fourth inning to defeat the South Whidbey Little… Continue reading

Former Falcons continue athletic careers in college / Alumni update

A handful of South Whidbey High School graduates continued their athletic careers… Continue reading

Chum Run completes 22nd year of competition

More than 160 people took part in the 22nd Chum Run Saturday,… Continue reading

Falcons receive spring letters, awards, honors

South Whidbey High School wrapped up the spring season by presenting athletes… Continue reading

South Whidbey tabs Turcott to coach Falcons / Boys basketball

South Whidbey High School hired veteran coach Greg Turcott to replace boys… Continue reading

Senior Falcons receive year-end awards

A handful of South Whidbey High School seniors collected athletic honors at… Continue reading

South Whidbey spring athletes receive all-league honors

Twenty-six South Whidbey High School spring athletes earned first-team, all-North Sound Conference… Continue reading

Adventure Swim set for June 23

The Whidbey Adventure Swim returns to the waters off Langley Sunday, June… Continue reading

Photos: Falcons compete in state meet / Track

I was on vacation while South Whidbey High School competed in the… Continue reading

Nationals win Pope Tournament / Little League

The South Whidbey Little League Nationals protected their home turf by winning… Continue reading

Chum Run ready for 22nd year

The 22nd annual Chum Run is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, June… Continue reading