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Cody Roberts gets a congratulatory smooch from mom Heidi. (Photos courtesy Wolf Nation Moms and Dads)

It’s the look of love.

Coupeville High School Class of 2022 grads celebrated Saturday with family and friends, then put all the photos on Facebook where I could easily poach them.

That makes them the real MVP’s, at least in my eyes.

Ja’Kenya Hoskins

Mckenna Somes

Brian Casey

Kylie Van Velkinburgh

Anya Leavell

Xavier Murdy

Aiden Burdge

Abby Mulholland

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Hawthorne Wolfe and Coupeville won Friday, keeping alive their hopes of claiming a league title. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The stage is set.

The Coupeville High School varsity baseball squad took care of business Friday, nipping host Mount Vernon Christian 4-3 to remain a half-game out of first place in the Northwest 2B/1B League.

Now 8-1 in conference action, 10-5 overall, the Wolves host defending NWL champs, and current frontrunner, Friday Harbor (8-0, 11-1) Tuesday, Apr. 26.

The first time the hardball teams met, Coupeville fell 3-2 to the Wolverines.

After Tuesday’s battle royal, CHS has league games remaining with Orcas Island (4-3) and Darrington (1-6), while Friday Harbor plays Concrete (0-6), La Conner (1-7), and Orcas.

A win Tuesday is crucial for Coupeville, as only one of the league’s three 2B schools advances to the playoffs, with that squad going straight to the 16-team state tourney.

La Conner is already eliminated, leaving Friday Harbor and CHS to vie for the league crown, and the postseason berth.

With that in mind, Friday’s rumble in Mount Vernon was huge for the Wolves, and they stepped up big time.

“An amazing game; was fun to be part of,” said Coupeville coach Will Thayer. “Hawk (Wolfe) and Cody (Roberts) pitched a hell of a game.”

The Wolves jumped on MVC for three runs in the top of the first, raising hopes that the game might be a blow-out.

Wolfe led off the game with a walk, scampered to second on a stolen base, then careened home on the first of two doubles Scott Hilborn would blast on the day.

Scott Hilborn is a force at the plate and on the basepaths.

The hit parade continued with Xavier Murdy drilling an RBI single to right field, before the wily senior came around to score himself thanks to smart base-running and an MVC wild pitch.

But while Coupeville pitcher Cody Roberts was stifling the Hurricanes, his own team’s bats suddenly went to sleep after the opening rally.

Following Murdy’s base-knock, MVC retired 11 straight Wolves, preventing Coupeville from adding to its lead.

CHS didn’t get another base runner on until Sage Sharp was plunked by a wayward pitch leading off the top of the fifth.

Unfortunately though, both he and teammate Cole White, who singled in that frame, were stranded.

The hosts made things dicey with their own three-run surge in the bottom of the fifth, using a couple of key hits to tie the game up and tighten Coupeville collars.

Or so it might have seemed.

The reality was Hilborn was primed to save the day, bopping his second two-bagger in the sixth inning, then scoring the go-ahead run when Peyton Caveness reached on an error.

Given the lead back, Coupeville turned to its version of Mariano Rivera — one Hawthorne Wolfe, Esq. — and he sealed the win with a strong relief appearance.

MVC had the tying and winning runs on base in the bottom of the seventh and final inning, but Wolfe induced the game’s final two outs, then strolled back to the bus, ready for Tuesday’s titanic tussle.

Coupeville finished with six hits Friday, getting solid bat work from Hilborn (two doubles), Cole White (1B), Wolfe (1B), Murdy (1B), and Sharp (1B).

Roberts and Wolfe combined to limit to MVC to just four base-knocks while striking out five Hurricanes.

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Senior Cody Roberts was dominant Tuesday, as Coupeville High School pitchers held Concrete to two hits in a doubleheader sweep. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was a shellacking in the sunshine.

Taking advantage of a surprisingly nice day Tuesday, the Coupeville High School varsity baseball squad got two games in, with both being lopsided victories.

Sweeping visiting Concrete 11-0 and 19-0 in games mercy-ruled after five innings, the Wolves improve to 7-1 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 9-5 overall.

That leaves Coupeville a half-game back of defending league champ Friday Harbor (7-0 in NWL action) and two games up on third-place Mount Vernon Christian (5-3).

The next two games are as big as any this season, with the Wolves set to square off with their prime rivals.

Coupeville travels to MVC this Friday, Apr. 22, before hosting Friday Harbor Apr. 26.

The Wolves head into those games with the warm glow of victory cascading everywhere, after wrecking winless Concrete.

Not only did Coupeville outscore the Lions 30-0, it also outhit the visitors 23-2, pasting the ball to all fields.


Game #1:

The opener gave locals a chance to watch Cody Roberts tossing liquid heat, as the senior righty whiffed nine across four innings of work.

He no-hit Concrete during his time on the hill, scattering some walks to keep things interesting, before turning things over to 8th grade ace Chase Anderson.

The future of Wolf baseball also proved to be deadly in the present, with “The Magic Man” slamming the door with a pair of knee-buckling strikeouts after the Lions scratched out their only base-knock of the game.

Chase Anderson gets electric.

Offensively, Coupeville chipped, chipped, chipped away, before finally busting loose in the late going.

The Wolves opened the scoring in the bottom of the first thanks to Jonathan Valenzuela blistering a two-out, two-run single back up the middle.

From there Coupeville rinsed and repeated, pushing two more runners across in both the second and third to build a 6-0 lead.

Cody Roberts had the big blow in the second, bopping a double which curled down the left field line and hit paydirt.

With the lead in hand, the Wolves shoved the game into mercy-rule land by dumping five runs on the board in the fourth inning.

Coupeville mixed a flurry of hits — including a bunt single from the fleet-footed Anderson — and several Concrete errors to officially end things.


Game #2:

New pitcher, same results.

Coupeville senior Hawthorne Wolfe took the bump in the nightcap and went the distance, recording 13 strikeouts across five innings of (almost) no-hit ball.

The Lions poked a leadoff single into left to open the fifth inning, putting their first runner aboard since the game’s second hitter had his lower leg blown off by a wayward Wolfe pitch.

After that, the most entertaining man in high school sports entertainment was in lock-down mode, flicking fastballs past flailing Concrete hitters, then piling up base-knocks when he himself was at the plate.

Hawthorne Wolfe throws ’em, but you can’t hit ’em.

Wolfe crunched three of Coupeville’s 14 hits in the second game, and should have had a fourth one, only to be denied by an ump who left his seeing eye dog in the car.

Not that it ultimately mattered, as CHS put this game on ice quickly.

Sending 18 batters to the plate in the first inning, the Wolves tapped home plate 13 times, with the carnage only stopped by a runner being called out on interference on a pop-up to third base.

Mixing JV players with varsity veterans, Coupeville coach Will Thayer got action for everyone in uniform in the nightcap, doing what he could to ease the pain of a blowout.

The Wolves still added three runs in the second and another three in the fourth, with Concrete failing several times to get out of innings when it had the chance.

8th grader Aiden O’Neill walloped a gorgeous double to deep left to start one rally, with Jack Porter ripping a two-run single to cap another.

Along the way Wolf catcher Peyton Caveness was drilled not once, but twice, with pitches which got away from Concrete’s hurlers.

He wore both plunkings with style, earning a nod of approval from big sis Coral, who was hit approximately 43,917 times during her own stellar Coupeville softball career.


Tuesday stats:

Chase Anderson — 1 single
Peyton Caveness — 2 singles, 2 walks
Camden Glover — 1 walk
Scott Hilborn — 2 singles
Cole Hutchinson — 1 single
Xavier Murdy — 2 walks
Aiden O’Neill — 1 double, 1 walk
Jack Porter — 1 single
Cody Roberts — 1 single, 2 walks
Landon Roberts — 2 singles, 1 walk
Sage Sharp — 2 singles, 1 double
Jonathan Valenzuela — 2 singles
Cole White — 3 singles
Hawthorne Wolfe — 4 singles, 1 walk

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Chase Anderson mashes. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s nippy, windy, and a little wet.

So, just like every other spring baseball season on the prairie.

Overcoming the weather comes with the game for the Coupeville High School baseball squad, as does the knowledge a photographer may be snapping your photo at any given moment.

The pics above and below, which hail from a win Wednesday over visiting Darrington, come from the camera of John Fisken.

To see everything he shot, and ponder the possibility of buying some glossies for the grandparents in Gladstone, pop over to:



Hawthorne Wolfe deals.

Cody Roberts awaits a throw.

Xavier Murdy gets low.

Will Thayer dreams of a warm, non-windy prairie.

Jonathan Valenzuela busts the speed gun.

Peyton Caveness provides a well-positioned target.

Pondering life.

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Peyton Caveness cracked two hits Tuesday as Coupeville beat Mount Vernon Christian. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Same stats, different results.

Coupeville and Mount Vernon Christian each racked up four hits and three walks Tuesday, but the Wolves took full advantage of their opportunities, while preventing the Hurricanes from doing the same.

That was enough to lift Coupeville’s varsity baseball squad to a 3-0 win on its home diamond, kicking off a busy week of Northwest 2B/1B League action.

The victory lifts the Wolves to 2-0 in conference play, 3-3 overall, with another NWL bout set for Wednesday at home against Darrington.

CHS wraps the week with a doubleheader Friday on the road at defending league champ Friday Harbor.

Tuesday’s tilt was a pitcher’s duel, with the wham-bam combo of Wolf hurlers Cody Roberts and Scott Hilborn combining to whiff 12 Hurricanes.

Scott and Cody pitched awesome!” said Coupeville coach Will Thayer.

After escaping a big-time jam in the top of the first, Roberts was largely lights out, putting up 10 K’s.

Cody Roberts brings the heat.

The senior righty had the bags full after giving up a pair of singles and a walk, but brought the hammer down with a vengeance, ending the danger with his third punch-out of the frame.

After that, the best Mount Vernon Christian could do was put just a single runner aboard in a given inning, with Roberts and Hilborn stranding every Hurricane who (momentarily) breached their defense.

Coupeville pushed across one runner in the bottom of the second, and two more in the third to claim an advantage it would not surrender.

Xavier Murdy was plunked by a pitch to set up the game’s first run.

After moving to second on a ground-out, X-Man stole third, before scampering home when a third strike — which would have ended the inning — was dropped.

In the third, Wolf 8th grader Chase Anderson whacked a single and Jonathan Valenzuela walked, with the former coming around to tap home on a Hilborn groundout, and the latter scoring on an RBI single from Peyton Caveness.

Coupeville had a couple of other chances, most noticeably in the fourth inning when it had two runners on base, but MVC’s pitching staff held the Wolves at bay.

Not that it mattered much as solid teamwide defense and crackling fastballs from their pitchers helped the Wolves close things out.

Caveness paced CHS with a pair of hits, Anderson and Jack Porter added base-knocks, and Valenzuela (2) and Murdy (1) accounted for Coupeville’s walks.

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