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Matt Hilborn is locked ‘n loaded. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Katrina McGranahan comes in hot for one of her four runs on the afternoon.

   South Whidbey baseball coach Tom Fallon (left) and Wolf hardball headman Chris Smith exchange pleasantries.

CHS first-baseman Veronica Crownover gets low to snag a hot grounder.

   Hunter Smith was flinging nothing but the high, hard cheese, whiffing 13 rivals on his way to a 1-hit shutout.

   Off the field, Lauren Rose is a truly gentle soul. On the diamond, however, she will cut you off at the knees and laugh as you bleed out.

Let the beatins’, and the photos, commence.

Coupeville enjoyed a very pleasant Saturday jaunt to Langley, shredding the Falcon softball and baseball squads 12-0 and 10-0, respectively.

Wanderin’ photo bug John Fisken stopped by the ball fields on his way home, and captured the pics seen above.

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   Gavin Knoblich was part of a 13-hit, 10-run explosion Saturday, as Coupeville thumped Island rival South Whidbey. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

South Whidbey had no answers for Hunter Smith.

The Coupeville High School senior made his season pitching debut Saturday and came within one questionable call of throwing a no-hitter as the Wolves scorched host South Whidbey 10-0.

The non-conference victory, coming less than 24 hours after a 10-inning thriller with Sequim, lifts CHS to 2-1 on the season.

Everything was clicking in the sun for the Wolves, from booming bats and quick feet to superb calls from coach Chris Smith.

His best call? Handing the ball to his middle child.

Hunter Smith whiffed 13 Falcons, getting at least one in every inning, and faced just three batters over the minimum in seven pristine innings.

Two of those South Whidbey base-runners made it to the bag thanks to Wolf errors, while the only hit was a disputed one-out base-knock in the bottom of the sixth inning.

While Coupeville’s ace was dealing, the Wolf bats were booming, as they picked apart three Falcon hurlers for 13 hits.

“Solid performance all around,” said Chris Smith.Hunter was outstanding on the mound.

“We stayed aggressive at the plate,” he added. “Barely missed the opportunity to break the game wide open with a few great plays from the South Whidbey  center-fielder with two outs.”

Coupeville jumped on the very first pitch of the day, with Matt Hilborn peppering a single on his first swing to kick-start things.

While Joey Lippo was robbed by a nice snag on a line drive, Dane Lucero’s RBI double and Kyle Rockwell’s RBI single, packaged around a walk from Jake Hoagland, put the Wolves up 2-0 after a half inning.

CHS added another run in the second thanks to two Falcon errors and another single from Hilborn, but what could have been a much-bigger inning came to a premature close when Hoagland’s long fly to center was run down.

Ultimately, it didn’t matter much, as the Wolves continued to hammer away at South Whidbey, piling on three runs in the fourth, one more in the sixth and three in the top of the seventh.

Both the sixth and seven innings started with Coupeville in a two-outs, no-one-on-base hole, and yet the Wolves responded each time by scraping together rallies with their backs to the wall.

Nine of Coupeville’s 10 runs were the direct result of a hit, sac fly or fielder’s choice, with only one run being plated on a Falcon error.

Lucero and Hilborn paced the Wolf offense with three hits apiece, with Lucero popping a double for the day’s only extra-base hit.

Hunter Smith and Lippo each rapped out two singles, while Rockwell, Gavin Knoblich and Nick Etzell collected one apiece.

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   Hunter Smith bashed five hits, including a pair of triples, Friday in a 10-inning loss at Sequim. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Something for everyone, just not a win for the visitors.

In a game that lurched from a pitcher’s duel to an offensive show, the Coupeville High School baseball squad rallied from three runs down Friday, but couldn’t hold a late lead and fell a single tally short on the road at Sequim.

The 10-9 non-conference loss to a 2A school, which came in 10 tension-soaked innings (three longer than originally scheduled) drops the Wolves to 1-1 on the season.

CHS gets an immediate chance to bounce back, however, as it travels down Island Saturday to face South Whidbey in a 1 PM game.

Facing off with Sequim, the Wolves went down fighting until the final swing.

“Long game; the guys battled,” said Coupeville coach Chris Smith. “It hurt, but a good game.”

Despite having runners on in four of the first five innings, the Wolves couldn’t seem to break through in the early stages and trailed 3-0 headed to the top of the sixth.

Coupeville surrendered a single run in the third, fourth and fifth, while stranding their own guys on the base-paths.

The most troubling came in the third inning, when Hunter Smith ripped a one-out triple, but never got to finish the journey home.

All that changed in the sixth, however, as CHS took advantage of some wildness from the Sequim pitching staff to pile up a six-run rally.

Coupeville had one man on and two outs when it lit the fuse, thanks to a string of walks.

A bases-loaded free pass to Nick Etzell finally put the Wolves on the scoreboard, before an error on a blast off the bat of Matt Hilborn cleared the bags.

He came around to score on a Sequim balk, then Hunter Smith capped things with an RBI single.

The hometown diamond men showed some grit and resolve, however, coming right back to plate three of their own in the bottom half of the sixth, knotting things up at 6-6.

A scoreless seventh sent the game into extra frames, where Coupeville immediately grabbed the upper hand.

Hilborn singled, Lippo reached on an error, then the RBI men went to work, sending three Wolves zipping across the plate.

Hunter Smith bashed his second triple of the afternoon, while Dane Lucero and Jake Hoagland each crunched an RBI single, and CHS was back on top 9-6.

Except Sequim was just as plucky.

Refusing to lose on its home field, it rallied for three in the bottom half of the inning and the game went on in a race with approaching twilight.

Coupeville twice had opportunities after that, but stranded a pair of runners in the ninth, then saw a double play wipe out a potential rally in the 10th.

After a game where the hits rained down, Sequim got its walk-off run in the bottom of the 10th without a single base-knock, using a string of walks to cap the game with a whimper, albeit one which made the local fans happy.

While they lost, the Wolves put good metal on the ball, with eight of nine players collecting a hit.

Hunter Smith led the way, going 5-6 with two triples and three singles, while Hilborn, Lippo, Lucero, Hoagland, Kyle Rockwell, Jake Pease and Etzell all collected singles.

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   Johnny Carlson was a force at the plate and on the mound Thursday for the Coupeville JV baseball team. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The sun was back, and it brought the offense with it.

A day after the Coupeville High School varsity baseball team was rained out, the Wolf JV had beautiful weather for its game Thursday, a day when the only thing raining down was runs.

How many runs you ask? A heck of a lot of runs.

31 to be exact, as visiting Sequim built a 12-run lead, then held off a furious Coupeville comeback and escaped with an 18-13 win.

The loss drops the Wolf JV to 0-2 on the season.

It was the kind of day when 95% of the players scored at least one run apiece.

OK, it’s probably simpler to just say Sequim third-baseman Julian Hernandez was the only player, out of 20 to see the field, who didn’t touch home.

He was 90 feet away in the first inning, but the Wolves denied him, and then every other player in uniform went and did what he couldn’t.

All 10 Wolves scored, with Jered Brown, Mason Grove and Drake Borden crossing the plate twice each and CHS racking up 15 hits on the afternoon.

Coupeville claimed its only lead of the game at 4-2 after piling up five of those base-knocks in the bottom of the first.

Brown, Grove, Jake Pease, Shane Losey and Johnny Carlson all put good metal to ball, as the Wolves looked like they might roll away with things.

Sequim managed to put a damper on things though, escaped the inning, then held CHS scoreless until the fourth as it built a 9-4 lead.

The Wolves chipped away for two runs in the fourth to pull back within three runs, then the fifth inning went nuclear on both sides of the ball.

Sequim erupted for nine runs in the top half of the inning, blowing the game open to an 18-6 tune, then promptly almost gave it all back.

Putting together five hits, including two from freshman Daniel Olson, Coupeville sent 12 batters to the plate and scored seven of them in the bottom of the fifth.

And then, as suddenly as the offense came, it fled again, with the two teams both failing to score a run across the final two innings.

Carlson, who came on in relief in the fifth, closed out the game on the mound, striking out two as he shut Sequim down in the sixth and seventh.

Coupeville’s hit parade was led by Brown and Grove, who each collected four hits, while Jacob Zettle, Gavin Straub and James Vidoni joined their teammates by scoring.

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   Coupeville junior Matt Hilborn, a baseball star since his freshman season, was tabbed Wednesday as a WIAA Athlete of the Week. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Welcome to the big time, Matt Hilborn.

The Coupeville High School junior, a stellar football and baseball player for the Wolves, has been Mr. Steady for the past three years, but Wednesday, the spotlight found him.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association tabbed Hilborn as its 1A Male Athlete of the Week, honoring him along with seven other competitors from 4A-2B.

He was honored for his play Mar. 10 in the season opener against Lynden Christian, when the CHS diamond men rolled to a 7-3 win.

Hitting lead-off, Hilborn paced the Wolves with three hits and two RBI, while also beating a throw home, sliding under the tag for a crucial run.

That stretched Coupeville’s lead to 5-3, then, in his next at-bat, Hilborn capped things with a game-clinching two-run single to right field.

After starting at third base and playing spotless defense through the first five innings, he moved to the mound in the sixth, coming on in relief of starting hurler Dane Lucero.

Hilborn closed the game with two innings of scoreless work as a pitcher, striking out two and recording the final out on a come-backer to the mound.

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