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Chase Anderson struck out nine batters in relief Tuesday afternoon. (Morgan White photo)

Not all mercy rule games are the same.

Case in point, Tuesday’s baseball clash on the prairie between Coupeville and visiting La Conner.

Heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, the league opener, played with sunny skies and virtually no wind, was a 3-3 stalemate.

Hop ahead 20 minutes, however, and Coupeville strolled off the diamond early, thanks to a 10-run frame which made the final score 13-3 in favor of the hometown Wolves.

The victory lifts CHS to 1-0 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 3-1 overall, with a non-conference home game against Forks set for this Saturday, Mar. 25.

Tuesday’s clash with La Conner was a mildly tense affair for most of the afternoon, as pitching issues dictated things.

A home plate ump with an ever-moving strike zone made things dicey, as the Braves — who were outhit 13-1 with their lone hit coming courtesy the first batter of the afternoon — hung around thanks to garnering a ton of free passes.

La Conner eventually struck out 12 times on the day, but nine walks, with five of them coming in one inning, stung the Wolves for a bit.

The visitors, without putting a ball into play, walked their way to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning and had the bags crammed full.

That was when Coupeville coach Steve Hilborn went to the bullpen, bringing in freshman hurler Chase Anderson.

“The Magic Man” ended the bleeding, whiffing the first batter he faced, then went on to strike out eight more Braves before his day was done.

It took the Wolves a bit to get their own offense going, however.

Facing a soft tosser, Coupeville went down 1-2-3 in the first, then loaded the bases in the second, only to come up empty.

Singles from Camden Glover and Johnny Porter put a man on every base with just one out, but La Conner’s lobber escaped with a strikeout and a comebacker to the mound.

The Wolves finally broke through in the bottom of the third, pushing three runs across to reclaim the lead at 3-2.

Scott Hilborn led off the frame by bashing a two-bagger to left, with Jonathan Valenzuela and Coop Cooper coming up with run-producing hits soon after.

CHS looked like it might get more, but La Conner pulled off a slick double play on a liner headed back up the middle, spearing the ball and doubling a Wolf runner off the bag.

Both teams put two men aboard in the fourth, only to see the opposing pitcher slam the door shut.

That set up La Conner’s last gasp, with the Braves turning two walks, a Wolf error, and a passed ball into the tying run.

On the play at the plate, the throw from catcher Peyton Caveness back to Anderson was blocked by the Brave hitter, who failed to get out of the way.

After much discussion, the umps declined to call defensive interference, and counted the run, making at least one vocal La Conner fan happy for about 2.1 seconds.

Her joy faded fast, however.

Anderson reared back and fired BB’s past the next batter, ending the inning with his ninth strikeout, then the Wolf hitters finally put everything together.

Aiden O’Neill rips a hit. (Morgan White photo)

Coupeville sent 15 runners to the plate in the bottom of the fifth, bashing hits, drawing walks, and making hustle play after hustle play.

Whether it was Jack Porter sliding headfirst into home to score, Valenzuela wearing a pitch which plunked him square in the back, or Caveness beating out an infield single, the Wolves were on fire in the final frame.

Cooper, Jack Porter, Hilborn, and Caveness all plated runners off of hits — with Cooper doing it twice in the same inning — before fab frosh Aiden O’Neill ended the day by dropping the thunder.

Cracking a two-run single to straightaway right field as younger sister Kennedy nodded her approval, he pushed the lead out to 10 runs and sent everyone off to find dinner.

Coupeville spread its hits out between eight players, with Cooper rapping three singles, while Jack Porter, Hilborn, and Caveness had two apiece.

Valenzuela, Glover, Johnny Porter, and O’Neill also collected base knocks, with Valenzuela (2), Jaje Drake, Anderson, and Glover earning walks.

Landon Roberts had the day off at the plate but played a fairly flawless defensive game at first base for the Wolves, as well.

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Coupeville track stars Jackie Contreras, Josh Guay and Zac Tackett begin a long day of competition. (Photo courtesy Guay)

The click of the camera, the ping of the phone.

However they capture the moment, photographers are out there, everywhere, documenting spring sports in Coupeville and in towns near and far.

The photos above and below showcase Wolf track and field, girls’ tennis, softball, and baseball, with nary a rain drop in sight.

Netters Vivian Farris (left) and Hayley Fiedler roll up the points. (Jackie Saia photo)

Jada Heaton, a fireball of energy and positive team spirit. (Jennifer Heaton photo)

Chase Anderson keeps an eye on the runner. (Morgan White photo)

Allie Lucero chucks heat. (Jackie Saia photo)

Skylar Parker tends to Kaitlyn Leavell’s hair needs before their match. (Lucy Tenore photo)

Landon Roberts puts some zip in his get up and go. (Morgan White photo)

CHS runners (l to r) Tate Wyman, Preston Epp, Cameron Epp, and Reiley Araceley pose under sunny skies. (Bob Martin photo)

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Elizabeth Lo flicks a return. (Jackie Saia photo)

Landon Roberts keeps an eye on the ball. (Morgan White photo)

Rolling right along.

With surprisingly decent weather to kick off spring sports, Coupeville High School teams are wading into action on diamonds, ovals, and courts everywhere.

All four Wolf spring programs have at least one competition under their belts, and, weather permitting, the week ahead is a busy one.

CHS softball plays three times, hosting league rival La Conner Tuesday, before playing a unique non-conference doubleheader Saturday afternoon.

The Wolves start the day with a bout against Forks, then return later in the day to play Granite Falls, with those two teams squaring off for their own game in between.

Across the road, the Coupeville baseball squad welcomes La Conner to town Tuesday, before Forks comes to Robert Sherman Field Saturday.

The Wolf track and girls’ tennis teams have more of a road-heavy schedule next week.

The netters travel to Friday Harbor Tuesday, then amble down the island Thursday to tangle with South Whidbey.

Coupeville track and field hosts a meet Wednesday, before travelling to Bellingham Friday and Stanwood Saturday to participate in large invitationals.

As we exit the first week of spring sports and head towards week #2, an early look at how the Wolves and their league rivals are faring so far:


Northwest League baseball:

School League Overall
Concrete 0-0 0-0
Coupeville 0-0 2-1
Darrington 0-0 1-0
Friday Harbor 0-0 0-2
La Conner 0-0 1-1
MV Christian 0-0 0-2
Orcas Island 0-0 2-0


Northwest League girls tennis:

School League Overall
Coupeville 0-0 0-1
Friday Harbor 0-0 0-0


Northwest League softball:

School League Overall
Concrete 0-0 0-0
Coupeville 0-0 1-1
Darrington 0-0 0-1
Friday Harbor 0-0 3-1
La Conner 0-0 0-3
Orcas Island 0-0 0-5

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“It’s a good day for a win!” (Morgan White photo)

It was a statement win for the small school.

Hitting the road Saturday, the Coupeville High School varsity baseball squad smacked host North Mason 8-3, winning a battle of 2B vs. 2A institutions.

The non-conference victory lifts the Wolves to 2-1 on the season, with two home games on the schedule for next week.

First up is their Northwest 2B/1B League opener Tuesday, with La Conner making the trip to Whidbey Island.

Saturday it was Coupeville’s turn to listen to the wheels on the bus go round and round (and round some more) as it traveled 70+ miles one way down the backroads of America.

Once they were in North Mason, the Wolves took a couple of innings to get the bats warmed up, then seized control of the game.

Trailing 1-0 entering the top of the third inning, with just a handful of walks to its credit, CHS had also had two different baserunners thrown out while trying to steal a bag.

No worries, however.

Freshman Aiden O’Neill kicked things off with a one-out walk, before Scott Hilborn¬†and Chase Anderson smacked back-to-back singles to juice the bags.

Presented with their best scoring opportunity up to that point, the Wolves responded, pushing three runners across the plate.

A sac fly off the bat of Peyton Caveness and an RBI single from Jonathan Valenzuela were the big blows, and Coupeville had a lead it would never relinquish.

The Wolves and Bulldogs each scored a run in their half of the fifth inning, keeping things close at 4-2, with Caveness whipping an RBI single to left field for CHS.

Not content to creep along, Coupeville exploded for four more runs in the top of the sixth, making life easier on starting pitcher Scott Hilborn.

Camden Glover eked out a leadoff walk while pinch-hitting, followed by an O’Neill single, then the Wolves got some help from the umps, who advanced both runners on a defensive interference ruling.

Hilborn immediately followed up by smashing a ball off the shortstop’s glove, plating both of his younger teammates, and the fun was underway.

A walk to Valenzuela put two runners aboard, with Cole White driving a two-run single to straightaway center to make it 8-2.

That smash pushed the Wolves out far enough in front that coach Steve Hilborn experimented with his lineup after that, giving Jaje Drake and Yohannon Sandles their first at-bats of the season.

Scott Hilborn, who whiffed four Bulldogs on the afternoon, got nicked for a run in the bottom half of the sixth and departed with two outs, turning things over to Anderson.

“The Magic Man” came in and slammed the door on North Mason, ending the inning with a strikeout, before sailing through the seventh.

Anderson retired four of the six batters he faced, with two going down on strikes and two meekly chopping balls to Hilborn at short.

Scott Hilborn is a vacuum on defense. (Morgan White photo)

Coupeville finished with seven hits and 11 walks, with Scott Hilborn collecting two of each, including a resounding double.

Anderson, Caveness, Valenzuela, White, and O’Neill also had base knocks, with Valenzuela walking three times, and Glover and Coop Cooper getting aboard twice thanks to free passes.

Jack Porter, Landon Roberts, and Johnny Porter all played strong defensive games for the Wolves, who got game time for 13 players in the win.

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Chase Anderson brings the heat. (Morgan White photos)

With a click-click here, and a click-click there, Morgan White delivers the goods.

The Wolf mom/school board director/baseball junkie was on the road Thursday, and snapped the pics seen above and below as Coupeville’s hardball heroes faced off with Meridian.

Scott Hilborn streaks for home.

Peyton Caveness waits for the pitch.

Johnny Porter enjoys his afternoon.

Jonathan Valenzuela drops the hammer.

Aiden O’Neill aims for the fence.

Cole White (left) and Landon Roberts bask in the (chilly) afternoon sun.

The moment before it all happens.

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