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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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   Wolf freshman Andrew Score is following in the footsteps of older brother Kory. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Just win, baby.

As he heads into his freshman season of basketball at Coupeville High School, Andrew Score wants to collect some W’s.

In three previous seasons in the sport, one on a park and rec team in Minnesota and two at Oak Harbor’s North Whidbey Middle School, victories were hard to come by.

Now, after following his older siblings to Coupeville, Score is intent on seeing that change.

“My goal this season is to hopefully be on a winning team,” he said. “Since the teams I played for before never won a game.”

The two-sport star (he’s a lifelong baseball player like older brother Kory, who started at first base for CHS his junior and senior seasons) enjoys competition, and the opportunity sports provides to get to know his classmates better.

“Coming in late to the school year and not knowing anyone, it’s been hard to fit in, but I’m giving it time,” Score said. “I’d like to work on being a part of the team.”

Away from the court, he’s a big fan of the Hugh Jackman-trains-giant-fighting-robots film “Real Steel” and enjoys science class, which offers a chance to explore “the galaxy and all its wonders.”

Following in the footsteps of his older brother, Score started playing little league baseball at five. He can play several infield positions, though favors patrolling second base.

“I’m very excited for the upcoming season since baseball is my true passion,” he said.

While he waits for spring, Score is busy in the gym, working on improving his hoops skill-set.

“I started playing because I enjoy being a natural athlete, and I love the sport,” he said. “I think my strength is my resilience in the game.

“Future goal would be getting better with both my hands,” Score added. “I’d like to work on getting my left hand better at layups and dribbling.”

Regardless of the sport, he is eager to emulate his older brother, who was a slick-fielding RBI machine during his time in a Wolf baseball uniform.

“The person who has a LARGE impact on my life is my brother Kory,” Score said. “He’s going to college soon and I’m excited for him, but sad to lose him as an everyday example in my life.”

While his brother may be leaving, Kory won’t totally disappear, and should come home to visit on a regular basis.

When he does, he’ll be just one part of a large family Andrew can call on for support in sports, school and life.

“On my off-season I enjoy my family time,” Score said. “We play capture the flag and there’s a ton of us, so it’s always a good time.”

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