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A star regardless of the sport, Scott Hilborn struck out seven batters while collecting three hits and three RBI Thursday in Coupeville’s baseball clash with South Whidbey. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Well, it was nice while it lasted.

Coupeville and South Whidbey faced off on the baseball diamond Thursday, playing to a 6-6 tie in a game called after two-plus hours of play.

It was the second game between the next-door neighbors in the last three days, and, quite possibly, the last time either hardball squad will play this summer.

Earlier in the day, Washington state Governor Jay Inslee announced that counties in Phase 3 of his reopening plan will revert to a 10-person limit on gatherings as of Monday, July 20.

That decision was made after the state Department of Health recorded 1,000+ new COVID-19 cases in a 24-hour period, well above the previous one-day mark of 716 new cases.

Leading the spike is a considerable increase in positive cases among state residents in their 20’s and below.

While Coupeville’s diamond men only got two games in the book, they sit at a very-respectable 1-0-1.

The Wolves bounced South Whidbey’s Crabs 2-1 Tuesday, before fighting to the hard-earned Thursday tie.

Playing on the south end of the Island for the second time, Coupeville got to be the home team, and ended up having to rally to claim the tie.

Coupeville fell behind 3-0 as South Whidbey hit around in the top of the first against Wolf hurler Camden Glover, but then the “home” team immediately began its comeback.

Scott Hilborn lit the fuse with a lead-off single, beating out a shot to short, before Jack Porter followed with a resounding double on mom Jenny’s birthday.

Back within 3-2, Coupeville kept coming and eventually reclaimed the lead.

With Porter firing BB’s on the mound, the Wolves defense shut down South Whidbey, then Coupeville’s offense started really clicking.

A couple of second inning walks set the table for Hilborn, and the CHS sophomore-to-be responded, smoking a stand-up three-run double to left center.

Porter’s bat continued to be red-hot as well, as he cracked another two-bagger, followed by a sharp single from Chase Anderson.

Trailing 6-3, South Whidbey chipped away, plating a pair of runners in the third, then knotting things back up by pushing a runner across in the fifth.

While Coupeville put runners on base down the stretch, with Hilborn and Porter collecting singles to go with walks to teammates such as Johnny Valenzuela, the Wolves came up just short of getting a go-ahead run.

Wolf pitchers Glover (1), Porter (5), and Hilborn (7) combined to whiff 13 South Whidbey hitters on a balmy mid-summer night.

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A Coupeville hitter turns on the ball Tuesday during the first baseball game of the summer. (Photo courtesy Jon Roberts)

Play … ball?

While they wait for word on the fate of school sports during a pandemic, Coupeville baseball players returned to the diamond Tuesday for what coaches termed a “pick up” game.

The first of two games planned with next-door neighbor South Whidbey (the second is set for Thursday), the contest ended with a nail-biter of a 2-1 win for the Wolves.

Coupeville came from behind to knot things up, then pushed across the eventual winning run in the top of the seventh, and final, inning.

A Camden Glover sac fly to right plated Johnny Valenzuela with the go-ahead score, then Scott Hilborn, the third Wolf pitcher of the night, shut down South Whidbey in the bottom half of the inning to ice the win.

Hilborn, “looking ever much like Mariano Rivera,” according to Coupeville coach Jon Roberts, set down his rivals 1-2-3.

After forcing an infield out, the Wolf reliever closed the game with back-to-back strikeouts.

Coupeville set South Whidbey players on their heels thanks to a trio of top-notch hurlers, with starter Chase Anderson teaming up with relief aces Valenzuela and Hilborn to notch 9 K’s.

Anderson and Valenzuela each put in three innings apiece on the hill, with Valenzuela topping all Wolf pitchers with four strikeouts.

South Whidbey actually eked out the first run of the game, sending a runner around the bath-paths in the bottom of the first inning, but after that, Coupeville’s hurlers were in full lock-down mode.

The Wolves scratched out a run of their own in the top of the second, then the two squads remained deadlocked until the seventh.

Coupeville’s first run came courtesy Valenzuela, who singled, stole second and third, then streaked home when South Whidbey’s catcher lost the ball on what should have been a third strike.

From there, it was a defensive-minded stalemate, with the Wolves twice stranding a runner at third.

Coupeville finally found that elusive run in the seventh, thanks to walks to Valenzuela and Landon Roberts (who was plunked by a wayward pitch), which set Glover up for his heroics.

Jon Roberts, who has been waiting all summer to see his team in action, was happy for the game and happy for the victory, but interested in seeing his players continue to improve during difficult times.

“The win was great, but the game showed some areas that need serious work,” he said. “Batting will be a focus of the team. The number of strikeouts was way too high. We will be hitting the cages and trying to solve this issue.

“Besides that, it was great to be back on the field competing! You just gotta love baseball!”

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Allie Hanigan sports the necklace awarded to netters who win the Player of the Match, as she did after a win Monday. (JOhn Fisken photos)

Allie Hanigan sports the necklace awarded to those who win the Player of the Match, an honor she claimed Monday. (John Fisken photos)

Valen Trujillo spots the camera.

Valen Trujillo spots the camera. As always, she is ready.

Samantha Martin

Samantha Martin locks in on the ball.

The machine rolled through town.

The names may change, but the South Whidbey High School girls’ tennis team remains a fairly flawless, match-winning beast year in and year out. Little has changed in 2014.

Despite no longer having any Newman sisters to head up the roster, the Falcons are still the premier program in the district, a fact they reinforced with a crisp 5-0 win at Coupeville Tuesday.

The Wolves did take a set from South Whidbey at second doubles, pushed two other sets to 7-5 and accepted no bagels (6-0) on the afternoon. So, positives.

Now 3-5 on the season, CHS travels to Granite Falls Wednesday, then hosts Lakewood, a team they beat earlier in the season, Thursday.

Complete Tuesday results:

Varsity:

1st Singles — Allie Hanigan lost to Isla Dubendorf 7-5, 6-1

2nd Singles — McKenzie Bailey lost to Bayley Gochanour 6-1, 6-1

1st Doubles — Samantha Martin/Sydney Aparicio lost to Tess Radisch/Amelia Weeks 6-1, 6-1

2nd Doubles — Wynter Thorne/Sydney Autio lost to Colleen Groce/Lindsay Oppelt 2-6, 6-3, 10-8

3rd Doubles — Valen Trujillo/Micky LeVine lost to Brea Gaugen/Katrina Layton 7-5, 6-1

JV:

4th Doubles — Ana Luvera/Ivy Luvera lost to Sophia Nilsen/Kendra Warwick 8-1

5th Doubles — Maureen Rice/Haleigh Deasy lost to Clara Martin/Anna Zhou 9-8 (7-3)

6th Doubles — Jazmine Franklin/Bree Daigneault lost to Alexa Hess/Jenn LeRoy 8-3

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Senior captain Breeanna Messner will lead her squad into enemy territory Tuesday night. (John Fisken photos)

Senior captain Breeanna Messner will lead her squad into enemy territory Tuesday night. (John Fisken photos)

Morgan Payne and the Wolf boys need a win to stay alive in the hunt for a playoff spot.

  Morgan Payne and the Wolf boys need a win to stay alive in the hunt for a playoff spot.

Playoff destiny is on the line.

And yes, the entire season won’t be decided by one game. But that one game will play a huge role.

When Coupeville High School rolls into Langley tonight for a basketball doubleheader against South Whidbey (5:00/6:45), the games will carry huge importance, even beyond the fact it’s rivalry night, Wolf vs. Falcon.

With two of the three 1A schools in the Cascade Conference getting playoff berths — and King’s having clinched the top slot on both the boys and girls side of the standings — the Island rivals are fighting for postseason hopes.

The Wolf girls (6-8 overall, 3-6 in Cascade Conference play) hold a two-game lead over South Whidbey (2-12, 1-8) with five league games left to play.

Coupeville won the first game this year between the two teams, triumphing 42-27 in its home gym.

That game was punctuated by a spectacular play to end the third quarter, when Wolf guard Madeline Strasburg went Maddie Big Time on everyone, stealing the ball and banking home a running three-point bomb at the buzzer.

On the boys side, South Whidbey (3-12, 2-7) holds a game-and-a-half edge over the Wolves (3-12, 1-9). The Falcons have five to play, while the Wolves have four more conference games.

When the two squads met in late December, Coupeville jumped out to a 13-3 lead, but had an epically bad third quarter and fell 67-53.

Both teams were missing a key player that night, as Wolf senior Gavin O’Keefe and Falcon senior Nick French were sidelined by injuries.

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