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Joey Lippo contemplates the end of the summer baseball season, while twin Skyy gets ready for a long day of cheering. (Connie Lippo photo)

It’s not the Stanley Cup, but it’ll do.

Coupeville grad Joey Lippo springs from a hockey-mad family, but Sunday night he and his relatives celebrated a baseball title in style.

Taking two wins on the final day of the season, with a big assist from the former Wolf, the Lynnwood Llamas captured the Cascade Collegiate League crown.

After thumping the Snoqualmie Chinooks 14-2 in the semifinals, Lippo and Co. edged the Salem Salamanders 6-5 in the championship contest.

The Llamas finish 16-6 overall, while playing in a six-team wooden bat league featuring players from NCAA and NAIA baseball programs.

Lynnwood entered the playoffs as the #1 seed, yet almost didn’t have a full roster at game time.

With many players already returning to college, only eight of 22 Llamas were in uniform, but the day was saved when a ninth player showed up right before the first pitch.

Once on the field, Lynnwood dominated in the opener, getting big home runs from Drew Biggerstaff and PJ Moritz.

Lippo lashed a three-run double to break things open, staking the Llamas to a 10-1 lead, then closed out the mercy rule-shortened win by pitching the final inning.

Getting his arm loose would come up big for the former Wolf, who came on to pitch five innings of relief in the nightcap.

Holding Salem scoreless for the first four of those frames, before tiring a bit in the seventh, Lippo left the mound with a 6-4 lead and earned the victory.

He scattered five hits, and his best inning came in the top of the sixth, when he used just four pitches to set the Salamanders down 1-2-3.

Lippo, who reached base three times in the finale, is now off to the fishing hole before returning to the University of Maine at Presque Isle, where he’ll be a sophomore.

Time to go fishin’. (Photo courtesy Teresa Besaw)

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Whidbey grads turned college baseball players James Besaw (left) and Joey Lippo hang out at the ol’ ball field. (Connie Lippo photo)

Injuries are making life tougher than need be.

After roaring out to a 9-0 start to the summer season, the Lynnwood Llamas baseball squad has come back to the crowd a bit, going 5-6 since.

The Llamas, led by Coupeville grad Joey Lippo — one of the few Lynnwood players not to be injured or miss games — are still sitting pretty good at 14-6, with one week left in the regular season.

Lippo and Co. rebounded Sunday to beat the Seattle Sea Turtles 4-3, salvaging one win from a three-game series.

Lynnwood lost 6-0 Saturday, then fell 8-3 in Sunday’s first game.

The six-team Cascade Collegiate League, which features NCAA and NAIA players swinging away with wood bats, wraps its regular season August 1, with playoffs set for Aug. 6-8.

Lippo, who is heading into his sophomore year at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, did a little Shohei Ohtani impression, pitching and hitting against the Sea Turtles.

The former Wolf standout tossed four innings in the series opener, scattering four hits and giving up just a single unearned run.

Lippo picked up a pair of hits in the series, was plunked by a pitch, and added to his team-leading stolen base tally, while also patrolling center field and camping out behind home plate clad in catcher’s gear.

He made several strong throws while scampering around the wide open spaces, and also pulled in a catch while sliding.

With its roster a bit depleted by injuries, Lynnwood actually had to borrow a player from Seattle to field a full nine in the series finale.

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Joey Lippo (left), Skyy Lippo, and James Besaw have a reunion. (Teresa Besaw photo)

Always be ready.

Coupeville grad Joey Lippo had a busy weekend on the baseball diamond, showcasing his fleet feet, while also getting an unexpected chunk of work on the mound.

Friday, the former Wolf dashed home from third on a short pop-up in the ninth inning, tying the game and giving his Lynnwood Llamas hardball squad new life.

Once in extra innings, Lippo and Co. pulled out an 11-10 win over the Salem Salamanders in Cascade Collegiate League action.

While the victory, Lynnwood’s 13th of the summer, clinches a winning record for the Llamas, Saturday’s follow-up didn’t go quite as nicely.

Primed to play a doubleheader with the Salamanders, Lynnwood found itself in a bit of a bind when none of the team’s pitchers showed.

As in … absolutely none.

But after flipping some players around, including bringing Lippo in from center field to pitch, the Llamas put up a spirited fight while falling 6-2 and 3-2.

The losses drop Lynwood to 13-4 on the season, but the team remains atop the league standings.

Lippo threw five innings, scattering four hits while whiffing four Salamanders and giving up just a lone walk.

At the plate, he picked up a pair of hits, knocked in a run, and scored one during the weekend series.

The wood bat-using Cascade Collegiate League, which draws players from NCAA and NAIA schools, is a six-team conference with a 24-game schedule which runs between June and August.

Lippo will be a sophomore at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

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Joey Lippo fine-tunes his hitting. Spoiler alert: the work is paying off. (Photo courtesy Connie Lippo)

Joey Lippo was raking.

Playing in a rare Monday night doubleheader, the Coupeville grad swatted five hits as the Lynnwood Llamas earned a split in Cascade Collegiate League play.

Bouncing back to nab a 5-2 win over the Snoqualmie Chinooks, after a 4-1 loss in the opener, the Llamas left the field boasting a 12-2 mark on the season.

The CCL is a summer wooden bat league which draws baseball players from NCAA and NAIA schools.

Lippo, coming off his freshman campaign at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, has been a … solid hit … as a Llama.

He’s #2 on the squad in batting average, and #1 in steals, on-base percentage, and quality at-bats.

Monday night Lippo piled up three hits in the opener, including a double, before coming back around to collect two more base-knocks in the finale.

He also put his stamp on the game on the defensive side of things, rifling a throw from deep center to home plate to nail a wayward runner in game one.

The 24-game CCL season, which features six teams, runs through Aug. 8.

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Joey Lippo stalks sushi after his summer baseball team improved to 11-1. (Photo courtesy Connie Lippo)

Bailey Corley

It was a barnyard brawl.

Powered by contributions from Coupeville grad Joey Lippo, and Bailey Corley — his select baseball and college teammate — the Lynnwood Llamas took two of three games over the weekend from the Burlington Barn Owls.

A 7-1 win Saturday, followed by a 2-1 loss in extra innings and a 7-3 win during a Sunday doubleheader lifts Lynnwood to 11-1.

The Llamas sit atop the standings in the Cascade Collegiate League at the halfway point of the 24-game schedule.

The CCL draws its players from NCAA and NAIA schools, with Lippo and Corley, who first played together with the Seattle Bombers, currently repping the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

The duo were a hit at the plate, in the field, and on the mound as the weekend unfolded.

Corley and Lippo combined to toss 97 pitches, ringing up 64 strikes, while holding the Barn Owls to one unearned run.

“It wasn’t Bailey’s birthday yesterday, but it could have been,” said hyped-up Llamas fan Joe Lippo, dad to Corley’s teammate.

“With a full-extension diving catch in right field, combined with a four-inning, no walk showing on the mound, plus an additional web gem defensive play while pitching, you would have thought that someone would be showing up with cake any second.”

The younger Lippo was effective as well, coming on to pitch in relief after earlier dazzling with his feet.

The CHS grad took over the team lead in stolen bases, and is hitting .333 on the season, with an on-base percentage above .500.

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