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Rain today, play tomorrow. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The battle for league supremacy has been bumped by a day.

Tuesday’s scheduled matchups between Coupeville and Friday Harbor on the softball and baseball diamonds have been moved to Wednesday because of forecasted rain.

Both games are scheduled to have 4 PM starts in Coupeville.

The baseball match-up pits Friday Harbor, which is 8-0 in Northwest 2B/1B League play against a Wolves squad which sits at 8-1.

The Wolverines, who are the defending league champs, won the first meeting of the season 3-2 on Friday Harbor.

A win is crucial, as only one of three 2B schools from the NWL advances to the postseason, and La Conner is already eliminated.

On the softball side of things, Coupeville (5-0 in league) can clinch back-to-back league titles with a win over Friday Harbor (5-1).

While their league records look fairly similar, it’s deceptive, as the Wolf sluggers won 30-0 (not a misprint) the first time the teams played this season.

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Izzy Wells, seen here on a dry day, whiffed eight batters Wednesday on a cold, wet afternoon. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Can’t slow their roll.

Missing two starters out with illness and buffeted by horrible “spring” weather Wednesday, the Coupeville High School varsity softball squad never flinched.

Instead, the Wolves jumped on visiting Meridian, led from start to (very cold and damp) finish and claimed their tenth-straight win.

Their teeth might have been chattering as they sang their farewell song to a small band of loyal fans who survived the day, but Coupeville’s sluggers came out on top 10-6.

The non-conference win, coming over a very scrappy 1A program, lifts the 2B Wolves to 11-1 on the season.

With games against 3A Oak Harbor and 2A Lakewood set for this Friday and Saturday, respectively, Coupeville is sitting at 5-1 against schools from larger classifications.

Wednesday’s war started with the Wolves missing two of the first three hitters in their normal lineup, as senior Audrianna Shaw and freshman Savina Wells were out sick.

Toss in rain which came down steady for close to three innings, plus a persistent, nasty, bitterly cold breeze which knifed onlookers in the kidneys, and things were a bit jumbled.

But Coupeville had senior hurly Izzy Wells in the pitching circle, and the unflappable one kept Meridian largely at bay while fighting all game to get a grip on very-slick softballs.

She also got some help from her defense, with Gwen Gustafson making a bid for the best catch of the season.

With runners at the corners and two outs in the top of the first, a Meridian batter crushed a long shot to right-center.

Gustafson, moving left to right on the slick grass, went to her knees as she made the catch, cradling the ball to her chest and allowing CHS coach Kevin McGranahan to let loose with a wild yelp.

Sparked by her snag, the Wolves immediately jumped on Meridian, banging out four hits and plating three runners in the bottom half of the opening frame.

Mia Farris opened things by ripping a shot off the Trojan pitcher’s glove, with Madison McMillan and Izzy Wells following with base-knocks of their own.

Proving she’s dangerous and delightful with both bat and glove, Gustafson capped the rally by thumping a two-run double.

In a perfect grace note, the ball landed almost exactly where she had moments earlier made her running, sliding snag.

Coupeville stretched the lead out to 4-0 with a run in the second, thanks to Sofia Peters alertly scrambling to first on a dropped third strike, followed by walks to McKenna Somes, McMillan, and Wells.

With non-stop rain slashing down, the Wolves made a bid to ten-run Meridian, pushing four more runs across in the third, but the Trojans refused to completely crack.

Back-to-back singles from Maya and Allie Lucero, plus a walk to Somes, juiced the bags.

Then, pop-pop, Farris crushed a three-run double down the right field line — the ball skidding on wet grass as it sailed past first base — followed by McMillan cranking a laser the opposite way for an RBI double.

Allie Lucero and twin sister Maya combined for five hits against Meridian.

While the scoreboard was entirely in favor of Coupeville, there was to be no rescue from the weather, however.

The rain slowed down enough it didn’t totally destroy the field, allowing everyone to remain soaked, cold, and still playing as the game ended up going a complete seven innings.

Meridian, a traditional powerhouse enduring a down season, proved resilient and chipped away at Coupeville’s lead, though the Izzinator never let the Trojans fully back in the game.

Battling cold fingers, Wells still cracked off eight strikeouts on the day, peppering Somes‘ catcher’s mitt with some nasty, if damp, fireballs.

The Wolf defense, inspired by Gustafson’s highlight reel catch, handled the slick ball with style, with shortstop Taylor Brotemarkle and first-baseman Allice Lucero making nifty snags.

Coupeville pushed two more runs across, with the Lucero sisters and Sofia Peters coming up with big late-game hits, and a water-streaked scorebook was finally slammed shut.

A non-conference victory over a traditionally tough rival, coming under duress, brought a small smile and a firm nod of approval from the Wolf coach.

“Tough game in very tough weather, but the girls ground it out and showed their heart,” McGranahan said. “This type of win is good for us.”


Wednesday stats:

Mia Farris — 2 singles, 1 double
Gwen Gustafson — 1 double
Allie Lucero — 1 single, 1 double
Maya Lucero — 3 singles
Madison McMillan — 1 single, 1 double, 2 walks
Sofia Peters — 1 single
Mckenna Somes — 2 walks
Izzy Wells — 1 single, 1 walk

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High winds affecting the Coupeville/Port Townsend ferry run Friday prevented Gavin Knoblich and Co. from traveling to Chimacum. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The wait for basketball to return will go on a bit longer than expected.

Coupeville High School was slated to return from a 12-day break Friday, with three teams planning to set sail to the mainland to play Chimacum.

Mother Nature had other ideas.

Shortly before the Wolves were set to meet at the CHS gym, school officials announced Coupeville’s teams wouldn’t be traveling after all.

The Coupeville to Port Townsend ferry run had been disrupted off and on Friday by high winds and choppy seas, but was back on schedule as of 1:52 PM.

The Wolves were scheduled to leave Whidbey on the 2:45 ferry.

But, with a wind advisory having been stretched out to 10 PM, the chance Coupeville’s hoops stars would be stuck on the other side overnight — or have to take a much-longer return route — became a definite possibility.

Friday’s games, which would have featured girls and boys varsity games, as well as boys JV (Chimacum has no girls JV), were non-conference affairs.

They are also the second set of non-league games removed from the schedule due to wind, as Coupeville’s trip to play Port Townsend December 19 was also sidelined.

There is a slight possibility both matchups will be rescheduled, but put plenty of emphasis on that word “slight.”

With league play kicking into high gear next week for everyone involved, and a far greater emphasis put on getting those games in, it’s unlikely any of the officials at the three schools involved will spend much time looking for open dates.

Coupeville will now be coming off a 16-day break when it returns to play Tuesday.

The Wolf girls host Cedar Park Christian, while the CHS boys travel to Granite Falls, with both games being North Sound Conference bouts.

All Coupeville teams are home Friday, Jan. 10, as well, with Sultan on tap that night.

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Sydney Autio (Sylvia Hurlburt photos)

   Bundled up against the blustery weather, Sydney Autio goes in pursuit of a runaway tennis ball. (Sylvia Hurlburt photos)


   Jazmine Franklin (left) prepares to unleash Hell, while McKenzie Bailey dreams of sitting next to a warm heater.

Bree Daigneault

Bree Daigneault flicks a return.


   CHS tennis guru Ken Stange dispenses dollops o’ wisdom to Franklin, Julia Borges (middle) and Bailey.

Friday didn’t really feel all that much like tennis weather.

The sun crawled away, the wind got blustery and guess what? Buckle up, cause if past springs are any indication, it’ll probably be like that more often than not.

Experienced netters came to practice wearing several layers, as Coupeville prepared for a season in which it will defend its 1A Olympic League crown.

The first real match is not until Mar. 14 (home against non-league foe Granite Falls), but the Wolves will be battle-ready (or at least weather-ready) by then.

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