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Marenna Rebischke-Smith walked four times in a doubleheader Thursday, as the Coupeville JV softball team closed its season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was a lot … of everything.

The Coupeville High School JV softball team capped its season Thursday with a home doubleheader against 2A Burlington-Edison, and you would have gotten a lot for your money, if you had been made to purchase a ticket.

By the time the teams were done, four hours and three minutes had passed, with the first pitch coming at 3:56 PM in partial sunshine, and the ump finally calling things a tick or two before 8 PM.

Along the way, the teams played to an 18-18 tie in game one, before Burlington pulled out a 15-12 win in the nightcap, though only three innings were played, so it’s your call if you want to consider it official.

And a tie?!? This ain’t soccer.

Anyways, if we take it as a tie and a loss, Coupeville’s JV closes its season at 3-7-1.

The wins came against 3A Oak Harbor, 2A Lakewood, and Concrete’s varsity team.

But back to the numbers from Thursday for a second, where 24 hitters combined for 63 runs, with 21 hits and … 61(!!) walks.

The only thing keeping us from still being out there on the prairie, flashlights pointed at the field?

The five runs per inning rule used at the JV level, which was reached in 11 of the 16 frames played.

 

Game 1:

Mckenna Somes had the hottest bat of any Wolf, rapping out five of her team’s 12 base-knocks on the day, and three of those came in the opener as she blasted a double and a pair of singles.

Coupeville pitcher Kylie Van Velkinburgh added two singles, while catcher Audrianna Shaw played the long-ball game, belting both a double and a triple.

The Wolves used 11 batters and 10 of them eked out at least one walk, with Lily Leedy, Amanda Thomas, and Morgan Stevens leading the way with three free passes apiece.

After a bit of a slow start — CHS found itself down 12-3 at the game’s halfway point — the Wolves got clicking, throwing down five runs in each of the third, fourth, and fifth innings.

In the third, it was a merry mix of walks, steals, wild pitches, and passed balls, while in the fourth Coupeville mixed in some timely hits.

Somes scampered to first on an artfully-dropped bunt single, Shaw unloaded on a long three-bagger, and Van Velkinburgh punched an RBI single, before coming around to slide under the tag and score on a bang-bang play at the plate on a passed ball.

Still trailing 17-13 with an inning left in a game scheduled for five frames, the Wolf defense clamped down in the top of the fifth.

Coupeville gave up just one run, and that one came on a disputed play, where Wolf shortstop Abby Meyers appeared to make the tag on a runner scooting by, only to have the game’s lone ump rule against her.

Undaunted, the Wolves made their final stand a memorable one, scoring the maximum five runs in the bottom half of the fifth to knot things at 18-18.

Chloe Wheeler plated a run with an RBI ground-out, Somes absolutely smoked an RBI double down the third-base line, and then our old friends – walks, passed balls, and wild pitches – helped out.

Burlington had a chance to hold on to the win, and was just an out away, but Shaw took off from third on a passed ball and beat the throw back to the pitcher by a razor-thin margin.

It was a great comeback, though the decision not to play extra innings put a slight damper on things.

But, we were already pushing the two-and-a-half-hour-mark, and there was a second game on the docket, so, it is what it is.

 

Game 2:

After a brief break, the teams went back to their walk-fest, with Burlington scoring five runs in each of their three innings.

Coupeville matched the visitors in the second and third, but a two-run first inning proved to be fatal when everyone ran out of a reasonable amount of daylight.

Somes was right back at it, spanking another pair of singles, while Ivy Leedy, Stevens, and Lily Leedy all added base-knocks, with the last of that trio clubbing a resounding double.

Heidi Meyers opened the nightcap by making a sensational running snag on a quickly dropping ball right in front of second base, matching an equally eye-popping catch made by lil’ sister Abby in the opening game.

With almost all of Coupeville’s runs coming via passed balls or wild pitches, the biggest offensive highlights in game two were a couple of well-executed slides into home.

Ivy Leedy and Marenna Rebischke-Smith had the best, at least in terms of style points, but the entire Wolf lineup hit the dirt in solid style throughout the afternoon.

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Heidi Meyers walked, scored, and played strong defense Monday, as Coupeville’s JV softball squad battled through a close game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was a brawl.

In a game in which the home plate ump took a wicked shot to the fingers, a fouled-off softball smashing his hand and (eventually) ballooning it out three times the normal size, Coupeville and Cedar Park’s JV softball teams went toe-to-toe.

Thanks to a strong defensive stand at the end Monday, the host Eagles escaped with a 12-10 win, sweeping the season series from their rivals.

Of five North Sound Conference schools playing softball this spring, CPC and CHS were the only two to field JV teams.

Cedar Park improves to 4-0 with the win, while the loss drops the young Wolves to 3-6.

Coupeville’s JV closes its season Thursday, when it hosts Burlington-Edison (2-10) for a 4 PM doubleheader.

Monday’s battle featured five lead changes, and a bevy of big blows, with Abby Meyers crunching a double and triple and Audrianna Shaw smoking a three-bagger of her own.

Both of Coupeville’s runs in the top of the first came without a single base-knock, however, as walks to Meyers, Kylie Van Velkinburgh, and Marenna Rebischke-Smith, conspired with a CPC error to get things started.

While the Eagles plated five in the bottom of the first, the Wolves immediately grabbed the lead back with five of their own in the second.

The rally started with back-to-back walks from Morgan Stevens and Amanda Thomas, with Stevens being plunked by a wayward pitch, before Meyers rifled a two-run triple.

It was almost an inside-the-park home run, but the Wolf shortstop missed first base by an inch or two and had to whirl back and tap her foot on the bag before heading off pell-mell around the bases.

A passed ball brought Meyers in, Mckenna Somes walked to keep things alive, and then it was Shaw’s turn to get medieval on the ball, slamming her own rainbow shot to the wall.

Van Velkinburgh connected on the first of her two RBI-producing ground-outs, both of which scored Shaw, to bring Coupeville to the JV-maximum five runs for the inning, and the game was truly on.

From there, both teams traded body blows.

CPC tied the game at 7-7, Abby Meyers crunched an RBI double to push Coupeville back in front by one, but then the host Eagles swung things with a five-run bottom of the third.

Needing four runs to stay alive in the top of the fourth — the final inning the JV teams were set to play — the Wolves got halfway there before their final rally died along with the sinking sun.

Walks to Heidi Meyers and Rebischke-Smith were crucial, while Shaw’s second hit of the day, a madly-spinning RBI single, did some damage before the Wolves hit their limit on outs.

Coupeville put 14 runners aboard in the game, with Abby Meyers and Shaw collecting two hits apiece.

The 10 walks accrued by the Wolves were led by two each from Thomas and Rebischke-Smith, while Ivy Leedy walked and scored at the plate, then struck out two Eagles while flinging heat from the pitcher’s circle.

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Returning from injury, Lily Leedy had three hits Saturday as Coupeville’s JV softball squad played an off-Island doubleheader. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The odds were not in their favor.

The Coupeville High School JV softball squad invaded Dry Creek Elementary School in Port Angeles Saturday with a thin roster and two big-time 2A foes awaiting them.

But, while the Wolves fell 18-1 to Sequim and 19-3 to Port Angeles, the experience may pay off down the road for a team of talented, but still-developing players.

Sitting at 3-5 after the doubleheader sweep, Coupeville’s young guns have three games left on their schedule.

They face Cedar Park Christian on the road Apr. 29, then close with a home doubleheader May 2 against Burlington-Edison.

Saturday, the Wolves couldn’t plate as many runners as they might have liked, but they did sting the ball to the tune of 10 hits across the afternoon.

Lily Leedy, Abby Meyers, and Audrianna Shaw each collected three base-knocks apiece, with Leedy getting all of hers in one game against Port Angeles.

It was a nice bounce-back for the feisty freshman, who had missed several games after being bonked in the head by a wayward throw during warm-ups.

McKenna Somes rounded out the hit parade with a single against Sequim, while also being praised by CHS coach Greg Thomas for her work on defense in the twin-bill.

“She had a strong performance behind the plate,” he said.

Heidi Meyers, Tariana Hunter, Kylie Van Velkinburgh, Morgan Stevens, and Ivy Leedy also saw major playing time in the two games.

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Abby Meyers reached base five times Wednesday as Coupeville’s JV softball sluggers rallied to beat Concrete’s varsity. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

No lead is safe on the prairie.

A week after their varsity counterparts roared back from 10 runs down to win, the Coupeville High School JV softball squad showed the same kind of moxie.

Rebounding from an 11-2 deficit against Concrete’s varsity team Wednesday, the Wolf sluggers blew up the scoreboard en route to an 18-15 victory.

The home win lifts Coupeville’s JV to a flawless 2-0 on the young season.

“Total team effort, well done ladies,” said Wolf JV coach Greg Thomas.

His boss, Coupeville varsity coach Kevin McGranahan, was channeling Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon after watching his second miracle comeback of the spring.

“Yeah … I am too old for that,” he said with a laugh.

Playing under sunny skies, as opposed to the howling wind and sideways rain which generally accompanies softball season, the young Wolves struggled a bit in the early going against more-seasoned competition.

Despite eking out five walks in its half of the first inning, Coupeville found itself trailing 11-2 just an inning and a half into the game.

Six of Concrete’s first seven hitters reached base, and the Lions bashed a pair of home runs to set off the scoring.

Tack on a third round-tripper in the top of the second, and things looked dire.

Unless you know what wonders can happen out here on the prairie, then it was nothing much to worry about.

Coupeville’s pitching snapped into shut-down mode after that, limiting Concrete to just three hits total, and no more home runs, over the final five innings.

That gave the offense time to heat up, and once it did, the Wolves rained pain down on the Lion hurlers to the tune of 13 hits, including a double, triple and home run.

Tack on 13 walks, and every one of the 12 CHS players to see the field reached base at least once, with 10 of them scoring.

Leading the way were the Meyers sisters, Abby and Heidi, who combined to reach base eight times, and tap home plate on five of those trips.

Coupeville began to scrape its way back into the game with a five-run second.

Walks to Amanda Thomas and Abby Meyers, packaged around singles from Kylie Van Velkinburgh and Lily Leedy, set the stage, with Chelsea Prescott capping things by mashing a home-run of her own.

The Wolves finally knotted things at 13-13 in the fourth, an inning in which they collected singles from Prescott and Ivy Leedy, a double from Chloe Wheeler and a triple by Mckenna Somes.

Concrete still had some life left in its bats, however, going back up 14-13 in the fifth, then retying the game at 15 in the top of the sixth.

CHS was having none of that, however, plating three in the bottom of the sixth, thanks to base-knocks from Van Velkinburgh, Somes, and Abby Meyers.

With the lead firmly in place and the sun starting to sink, Prescott stormed into the pitcher’s circle and slammed home the final dagger, hurling nasty heat as she gunned down the final Lion hitters.

Coupeville spread out its offense all day, with Prescott (1B, 1B, HR), Van Velkinburgh (1B, 1B), and Somes (1B, 3B) peppering the ball.

Wheeler (2B), Ivy Leedy (1B), Izzy Wells (1B), Lily Leedy (1B), Audrianna Shaw (1B), and Abby Meyers (1B) rounded out the hit parade.

Heidi Meyers, Morgan Stevens, and Thomas combined to collect four walks and four runs.

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