For the second game in a row, the Central Whidbey 11/12 Little League baseball team came from behind to secure a win in the District 11 playoffs in Sedro-Woolley, this time roaring back from eight runs down to defeat South Whidbey 10-9 in extra innings Tuesday, July 2.
Central Whidbey plays the only other undefeated team, Sedro-Woolley, at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 4. The winner advances to the finals and will have to lose twice to the team that comes through the losers' bracket not to earn the championship. Sedro-Woolley won both its games 11-1.
Trailing 8-0 to South Whidbey heading into the bottom of the third, Central Whidbey stuck for four runs with the help of a Jake Pease two-run double.
An inning later, Central Whidbey repeated the act, scoring four runs behind another two-run double by Pease to tie it.
Jered Brown took the mound in the fifth and shut out South Whidbey the rest of the way with "strong, smart pitching," according to coach Bob Brown.
Central Whidbey loaded the bases and scored in the bottom of the seventh for the win.
Coach Brown said, "(It) was an exciting game to be a part of and proud of the team for never letting up."