Anacortes used a big fourth inning to defeat the South Whidbey Little League 8-10 baseball team 15-11 Sunday, June 23, in the District 11 tournament at Community Park.
South Whidbey now faces Sedro-Woolley at 6 p.m. Monday, June 24, in an elimination game in the five-team tournament.
South Whidbey scored five runs in the first inning of its tournament opener against Anacortes to get off to a good start, then scored four times in the top of the fourth to go up 9-4.
From there, Anacortes took over, tallying eight times in the bottom of the fourth and three times in the fifth to pull away.
South Whidbey started the game with five consecutive singles. Levi Dixon, Tucker Allen, Kowen White, Collier Honold and Ian Leon all recorded base hits, and then after an out, Levi Batchelor singled to complete the early rally.
After Anacortes cut the lead to 5-4, South Whidbey tacked on four more runs in the top of the fourth. John Nienhaus singled, then after an out, Carson Goodman and Allen singled, followed by a White double. Honold added a base hit, and Liam Monaghan and Colton Biehler walked to keep the uprising alive.
Anacortes countered with its eight-run fourth and eventually led 15-9 heading into the sixth inning.
South Whidbey tried to come back in its final at bat, scoring twice and leaving the bases loaded. Singles by White, Monaghan and Nienhuis fueled the two-run sixth.