NW knocks South Whidbey out of tournament / 11-12 baseball

North Whidbey scored two late runs to chase the South Whidbey 11-12 baseball team from the District 11 Major Little League Baseball Tournament Friday, June 29, in Sedro-Woolley.

North Whidbey tallied twice in the fifth inning to break a 1-1 tie and advance to the championship game with Burlington-Edison.

North Whidbey scored an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning, then South Whidbey evened the score in the third.

Cole Thorsen led off the third with a walk and was forced at second on Malachi Pierson’s groundout. Back-to-back base hits by Elisha Dixon and Connor Bartel plated Pierson.

A double play wiped out a South Whidbey threat in the fifth inning, and South Whidbey left the tying runs on base in the sixth.

Dixon finished with two hits, and Bartel, Nichols and Mathias Pierson all singled in the game.

Maddox Smith-Heacox pitched the first 5.1 innings and allowed five hits, no earned runs and two walks while striking out five.

“(The) team did a great job competing,” coach James Petty said. “This is a great group of kids. They got along, had good attitudes, listened (mostly), made efforts to do what we asked, and they competed. In adversity, they kept their heads up and kept driving forward. They showed an honest respect and passion for the game.”

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