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Hawthorne Wolfe glides in for a bucket. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Wolfe, here streaking for home, was a key player on a Babe Ruth team which finished 2nd at state and advanced to regionals this summer.

Talent? Check.

Hard work and commitment? Check and check.

Hawthorne Wolfe is that rare young athlete who checks all the boxes, and his appearance in a Coupeville High School uniform this coming year is highly-anticipated.

On the basketball court, he’s a three ball-droppin’ terror who can also wheel and deal with the ball, while on the baseball diamond, Wolfe brings a slick glove, hot bat and fleet feet to the lineup.

During his middle school days, Wolfe also played football, but, for the moment at least, he’s stepping off the gridiron to focus on his other two sports.

While he shines in all his sporting endeavors, the fast-rising young star hails hoops as his favorite pastime.

“It’s a team sport and at times can be individual,” Wolfe explained. “It’s also fast-paced, as well as fun.”

On a CMS team where all five starters felt comfortable firing up balls from behind the three-point arc, Wolfe was the deadliest last season.

Operating like NBA stars such as Steph Curry, or future CHS teammate Mason Grove, Wolfe has already showcased an often uncanny ability to get his shot off quickly, and from any angle.

Shooting on the move, while going either direction, he often proved deadliest when putting up balls in the flow of action.

Give him time to spot up and it was even more likely to result in a taste of splash city.

The commitment factor came into play vividly after one game, when, unhappy with his performance (despite leading Coupeville to a win), he ran laps around the gym.

A slight chuckle came from one of his coaches as Wolfe, not satisfied with his initial self-administered punishment, decided to double his running.

Commitment like that carried over to many of his teammates, and the middle school hoops team was a tightly-knit, successful squad.

Now, as Wolfe and most of his teammates prepare to swap out CMS uniforms for ones which read CHS, that sense of commitment continues to burn brightly.

“I want to hopefully go to state in all sports,” Wolfe said. “And, if possible, which I think it is, win state and so on.”

Away from the court or diamond, he’s fond of playing video games and spends a fair amount of time “watching sports or going to sporting events with my dad or family.”

When he’s in uniform himself, or working to get ready, Wolfe strives to mesh his skills with his teammates, well aware a solid team can go further than just a single athlete.

“It shows that you can work with others well and you get to have fun playing sports competitively,” he said. “I think I’m a good teammate; I mean, I recommend asking some of my teammates first.”

While he always wants to keep the competitive fires raging, Wolfe is also on a mission to find proper balance.

“I would like to work on not getting frustrated at things I shouldn’t get frustrated at,” he said with a small smile.

Whether dropping in treys from long distance, or slaving away over school work, Wolfe has a deep appreciation for his support crew.

“Well, obviously my parents and grandparents and all my coaches have been great on helping me,” he said. “I can’t think of one who hasn’t.

“But when it comes to teammates, I would say Caleb Meyer, just cause me and him are always competitive,” Wolfe added. “He helps me, I help him, and we strive to be great together, whether it’s in the gym or outside.”

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After two stellar seasons at Lower Columbia College, South Whidbey grad Ricky Muzzy (right) is joining the University of Washington’s baseball squad. (Photo from Muzzy’s Facebook page)

Hopefully Ricky Muzzy remembers me when he gets to The Show.

The former South Whidbey High School standout, who is one of the rare Falcons to get a feature story here on Coupeville Sports (back in 2014), continues to move up in the baseball world.

After two stellar seasons on the diamond at Lower Columbia College, Muzzy is officially making the jump to NCAA D-1 action, joining the University of Washington baseball program.

The Huskies announced the addition of Muzzy and Connor Blair from California’s Butte College in a Monday press release.

After graduating from SWHS in 2016, Muzzy left Freeland for Longview, where he immediately became a key player for LCC teams which won titles both of his seasons.

A middle infielder who can anchor a team at shortstop or second base, Muzzy played in 74 games at LCC, piling up 21 doubles, nine triples, seven home runs and 60 RBI.

He hit .359 during his first season, and .305 as a sophomore.

 

PS — If you want to see the moment when the spotlight first landed on Muzzy, pop over and check out my old-school article on him at:

https://coupevillesports.com/2014/04/24/the-falcons-are-alright-ricky-muzzy-explodes/

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   Hawthorne Wolfe had two hits and three RBI as Coupeville Babe Ruth closed its season Friday with a loss at regionals. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Time to pack up the baseballs and sunflower seeds, toss the mitts and spikes in the car, and head home.

A very successful season ended on a slightly sad note Friday, as the Coupeville Babe Ruth baseball squad fell 12-7 to Miles City (Montana) in its final game at the 15U regional tourney in Portland.

The loss drops the Wolves to a still pretty remarkable 17-6.

Along the way, Coupeville went undefeated in regular-season play, finished second at the state tourney, then ventured to Oregon to face its stiffest competition.

The 10-team regional tourney featured teams from Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and Canada. The winner advances to the World Series.

While the Wolves won’t be hanging around to play for a title this weekend, they acquitted themselves well, and Friday was a prime example.

Coupeville outhit Miles City 13-10, with eight of of its 11 players collecting at least one base-knock.

In fact, every Wolf made it safely to first base on the day, as the three players without a hit combined to walk four times.

But errors, and one bad early inning, doomed the Islanders.

Looking to close the season with a win, Coupeville scratched out two runs in the top of the first, thanks to an RBI single from Gavin Knoblich and a sac fly off the bat of Cody Roberts.

That brought around Scott Hilborn, who led off the game with a single, and Andrew Score, who walked to start off a day when he would reach base all four times he stepped to the plate.

Then, the bottom of the first hit, and everything went sideways for a bit.

Miles City racked up half its hits in the opening frame, while taking advantage of two free passes and the first two of six errors the Wolves would commit on the afternoon.

By the time Coupeville stopped the bleeding, ending the inning when third-baseman Xavier Murdy scooped up a grounder and lofted the ball into Hawthorne Wolfe’s glove at first, eight Montana runners had tapped home.

That made the rest of the afternoon a game of catch-up for the Wolves, and while they kept plugging away, they never got back closer than four runs down.

Coupeville tacked on a run in the second (a double from Sage Sharp was the big blow) and another in the third (four singles, with Wolfe picking up the RBI).

Miles City responded with two in the fourth and two in the fifth, though, stretching the lead back out before the Wolves closed the game with a seventh-inning rally.

Singles from Score, Roberts, Ashton Leland and Wolfe, who had a team-high three RBI, accounted for three runs before Coupeville ran out of outs in the game, and tournament.

Score led a remarkably-balanced lineup, collecting two hits, two walks and two runs, while Knoblich, Wolfe, Roberts and Leland all picked up a pair of base-knocks.

Sharp, Hilborn and Johnny Carlson added a hit apiece to round out the hitting attack.

Chelsea Prescott walked in both of her plate appearances, with Daniel Olson and Roberts combining for seven strikeouts while sharing pitching duties.

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Xavier Murdy piled up a hit, a walk and two runs Thursday as Coupeville Babe Ruth played at regionals in Portland. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Not all teams are created equal.

When the Coupeville Babe Ruth 15U baseball squad went to the state tourney, they had 13 players on their roster, the same boys (and one girl) who played together all season.

Now, as the Wolves fight through regionals in Portland, they have 11 in uniform, as Ulrik Wells and Drake Borden couldn’t make the trip.

Thursday’s opponent, the KWRL Centerfield Roosters, representing South Washington, are a true all-star team. The squad pulls players from Kalama, Woodland, Ridgefield and La Center, all meccas of teen sports excellence.

So, it’s not a total surprise the under-staffed Coupeville diamond dogs, despite a chippy effort, fell 14-4.

The loss drops the Wolves to 17-5 on the season, with one contest left to play.

That comes Friday afternoon, when Coupeville faces Montana in its fourth and final game in pool play.

After taking a close loss to Calgary and more lopsided defeats at the hands of Portland and KWRL, the Wolves have no hope of advancing to the semifinals portion of the 10-team tourney.

But, after picking up an unexpected run of games (it’s subbing for North Washington state champ Columbia Basin at regionals), Coupeville will return home with valuable experience from the big stage.

The Wolves fell behind early Thursday, giving up three runs in the first and six more in the second, as KWRL whacked the stuffing out of the ball.

The all-star unit racked up eight hits in just the first two frames, including a triple and a pair of doubles.

The South Washington crew finished with 13 hits before the game was called after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Coupeville plated a run in the first, another in the third, and two more in its final at-bats.

The opening Wolf run came on a nice two-out, no-one-on-base rally, as the Islanders strung together a single from Daniel Olson, a walk to Gavin Knoblich and an RBI double off the bat of Cody Roberts.

In the third, it was base-knock city, as singles from Xavier Murdy, Andrew Score and Olson brought a runner around.

Roberts was in a groove, smoking a lead-off double in the fourth for his second two bagger, but he died a lonely death on the base-paths as his teammates were unable to help him tap home.

Needing three runs to keep the game alive, Coupeville almost got there in the fifth, but came up a few inches short.

Four consecutive walks — with Murdy, Scott Hilborn (he was plunked by a wayward pitch), Score and Olson outlasting the KWRL hurler — plated one, while a sac fly from Knoblich closed out the rally.

Roberts and Olson paced the Wolves at the plate with two hits apiece, with Murdy scoring twice.

Hawthorne Wolfe, Chelsea Prescott, Ashton Leland, Sage Sharp and Johnny Carlson rounded out the active roster for Steve Hilborn’s squad.

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Daniel Olson and the Coupeville Babe Ruth baseball squad are in Portland this week, playing in the 15U regional tourney. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Stop, take a breath and then get back at it.

After a close opening game Monday, the Coupeville Babe Ruth baseball squad was roughed up Tuesday at the 15U regional tourney in Oregon.

The Wolves, who almost pulled off a wild come-back win before falling 9-5 to Calgary, were blasted 17-1 by host Portland.

Coupeville has a bye day Wednesday, then wraps up pool play with games Thursday against South Washington and Friday against Montana.

There are two five-team pools and the top two teams from each advance to the semifinals. The winner of the tourney is off to the World Series.

After finishing second at the state tourney, Coupeville got an unexpected chance to advance to regionals after state champ Columbia Basin bowed out at the last second.

While the Wolves didn’t get a hit until the fifth inning of their opener against Calgary, they used solid pitching and defense to keep the game close.

The two teams were knotted at zero until the bottom of the fourth inning, when the Canadians scratched out a pair of runs.

The bottom fell out for a moment in the fifth, as Calgary put together three extra-base hits to slap five runs on the board, running its lead to 7-0.

Coupeville, which got its first hit when Johnny Carlson slapped a two-out single in the fifth, finally came alive in the sixth.

Peppering four hits (base-knocks courtesy Scott Hilborn, Hawthorne Wolfe, Andrew Score and Chelsea Prescott) and collecting four walks (thanks to the eagle-eyed Daniel Olson, Gavin Knoblich, Carlson and Xavier Murdy), the Wolves put up five runs of their own.

Calgary escaped the inning, though, and added two runs in the bottom of the sixth to stretch the lead back out.

Olson, who struck out three in five innings on the hill, whacked a one-out single in the top of the seventh, but that was it for offensive fireworks.

Game two? The less said probably the better, as Portland crunched 13 hits, while Coupeville had a solitary base-knock.

It was a big one, though, as Score drilled a two-out RBI triple in the top of the fifth and final inning, plating Olson, who had walked and stolen second.

Coupeville’s only other base-runner was Cody Roberts, who eked out a third-inning walk.

As the Wolves prep for the second half of pool play, they sit at 17-4 on the season.

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