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Coupeville softball sluggers Sofia Peters (left) and Bella Whalen are tearing up the diamond this summer. (Photo courtesy Paula Peters)

“The girls are putting in the work, and it is showing on the field.”

Coming off of an undefeated regular season and a second-straight league title, the core of the Coupeville High School softball squad is back on the diamond this summer.

CHS coach Kevin McGranahan has a 19-player roster, with his off-season team having played four of nine games.

While the Wolves are 2-2 after sweeping a doubleheader Wednesday, it’s more about improvement and team-building than posting a gaudy record.

“All teams are using this time for development, so scores really don’t matter,” McGranahan said. “As I said before, wins and losses mean nothing compared to the growth and experience we are getting this summer.

“We have stuff to work on, but we are definitely doing a lot of things well. Very young team; it’s gonna be an exciting season to come.”

Coupeville opened its summer ball season a week ago with a 13-10 loss to Skagit and a 7-0 defeat to Burlington, then bounced back with a stronger showing Wednesday.

The Wolves swept Mount Vernon and Whidbey rival Oak Harbor, bouncing the latter squad 9-5.

“The team is progressing well,” McGranahan said. “Our first two games were pretty rough, but to be expected. We ended our season in early April, and these teams we are playing all just ended their seasons.

“We came out ready this week and rolled,” he added. “The girls showed what we can do if we are focused and ready to compete.

“The team was more than ready for this one, and we played well.”

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Jack Porter scored 10 points Saturday as Coupeville’s SWISH basketball squad split a doubleheader. (Jackie Saia photo)

Lessons learned, then turned into results.

Bouncing back after a tough loss early Saturday, Coupeville’s SWISH boys basketball squad rebounded to drill a big-city foe in its nightcap.

With the doubleheader split, the Wolves sit at 6-2 heading into the final week of the regular season.

How the day played out for the hardwood heroes:

 

Game 1:

Facing a Burlington-Edison team which had height and speed, Coupeville struggled on the boards and fell 25-16.

The second half was virtually even, but a 17-9 halftime deficit proved to be too much to overcome.

“We killed ourselves by missing easy layups and giving them offensive rebounds times three each time they came down the floor,” Coupeville coach Jon Roberts said.

“It was too late when our front court defense finally started playing.”

Chase Anderson and Hunter Bronec paced the Wolves with six points apiece, with Jack Porter tossing in three and Hurlee Bronec adding a free throw while “playing with a badly sprained ankle, with grit!”

 

Game 2:

Ramping up their defensive effort from the start, the Wolves ran away from the Lake Stevens Hoopsters, knocking them off 31-15.

“Shaking off a tough loss and getting our heads back in the defensive game, we got rolling in the first half, using a high-low post set and many excellent screen and rolls,” Jon Roberts said.

“I don’t keep track of assists – but there would have been too many to track!”

Coupeville made off with more than its fair share of steals, keying fast breaks, then took the ball hard to the hoop.

“Incredibly proud of the bounce-back against a small, fast, scrappy team,” Jon Roberts said.

Hunter Bronec topped the scoring chart in the finale, banking in nine points, with Anderson and Jack Porter each rippling the nets for seven.

Aiden O’Neill and Johnny Porter rounded out the offense, knocking down four points apiece, while Landon Roberts brought defensive heat, while setting up Coupeville’s big men with pinpoint passes.

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Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball players celebrate a win. (Jackie Saia photos)

“That was a fun day of softball!”

Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball coach Fred Farris has seen more than a few games in his lifetime, but Saturday’s doubleheader in Mount Vernon was a special treat.

His Hammerheads squad ultimately split a pair of games with South Skagit, falling 9-7 in the opener, before rallying for a stunning 17-16 win in extra innings in the nightcap.

With the split, Central Whidbey improves to 1-2 on the season, with its first home game at Rhododendron Park set for this coming Monday.

How Saturday played out:

 

Game 1:

Savina Wells was back in the pitcher’s circle after missing her team’s opener with an injury and was firing BB’s, striking out 11 South Skagit sluggers.

Central Whidbey jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead, before a few defensive miscues hurt the cause.

Trailing 6-2 after two innings, the Hammerheads stormed back to tie things up at 6-6, but South Skagit proved wily and put together a three-run bottom of the sixth to take the win.

Mia Farris, Madison McMillan, and Katie Marti led the hit parade, each whacking a pair of base-knocks.

McMillan crunched a double and triple, with her three-bagger “a majestic fly ball that would have been 30 feet over our left field fence (at home),” while Wells also tripled.

Send out your best pitchers, cause Madison McMillan is here to do some damage.

 

Game 2:

Hammerheads hurlers Chloe Marzocca and Wells combined to whiff 10 hitters in a game which took wild swings on the scoreboard.

Down 14-7, Central Whidbey scored nine unanswered runs to carry a 16-14 lead into the bottom of the seventh, and (supposedly) final inning.

While South Skagit scraped out two runs in the final frame, giving the fans free softball, it was time for the Hammerheads to shine in extra innings.

Jada Heaton began the top of the eighth perched on second, then ran her opponents ragged.

First she stole third, before scampering home with what would prove to be the winning run on a groundout off the bat of Marzocca.

Things got dramatic in the bottom of the inning, but in a good way.

South Skagit also got a runner at second to begin, but Wells snapped off liquid heat, whiffing the first two hitters to come to the plate.

With the game on the line, a pitch got away from Central catcher Katie Marti for a half-second, but the granddaughter of former CHS football legend Paul Messner promptly wrote her own stirring chapter of athletic success.

Katie made a perfect retrieval of a passed ball and then a no-look flip to Savina for the game-ending out!,” exclaimed an amped-up Fred Farris. “As gutty a win as I’ve ever been a part of!”

Katie Marti, upholding the family tradition of athletic excellence.

 

Stats for the day:

Teagan Calkins (one run, one hit)
Mia Farris (six runs, five hits, two RBI, two walks)
Savina Wells (six runs, four hits, four RBI, two walks)
Madison McMillan (two runs, four hits, two RBI)
Chloe Marzocca (two runs, two RBI, three walks)
Mayleen Weatherford (one hit, one RBI, one walk)
Taylor Brotemarkle (two runs, three hits, four RBI, one walk)
Jada Heaton (three runs, two hits)
Candace Meek (two RBI, two walks)
Anna Steckman (one run, one walk)
Katie Marti (one run, five hits)

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Coupeville High School softball won’t play Friday, as La Conner has put its program on hold for two weeks after a positive COVID case. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The pandemic has scrambled the schedule again.

Coupeville High School was set to host La Conner Friday for a softball doubleheader, but the games have been postponed after the Braves reported a positive COVID case on their team.

A baseball doubleheader between the two schools the same day remains on the schedule, with the first pitch planned for 3 PM in Cow Town.

La Conner’s softball team will be out for two weeks, with no practice or games.

“We will work with them upon their return to fill their schedule and get their kids the opportunity to have as much of a full season as possible,” said CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith.

“I have no details other than it’s a positive case and it is horrible news for the La Conner kids, coaches, families, and community.”

Coupeville softball, which is 2-0 on the season, will have an extra day off before it hosts Orcas Island Saturday afternoon.

Along with the postponed doubleheader, the Wolves have one other meeting with La Conner (0-2) on their schedule — a road trip April 3 for the season finale.

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Sarah Wright, seen in her CHS days, leads her college softball team in most offensive categories. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

She’s in there fighting.

Coupeville grad Sarah Wright found some success on the softball field Saturday in Tennessee, even if her college team didn’t.

Despite picking up a hit, a walk, and an RBI, the former Wolf found herself on the losing end of things, as Sewanee: The University of the South dropped a home doubleheader to Georgia’s Berry College.

The Tigers rallied from five runs down in the opener, and had the tying run on base in the final inning, thanks to Wright, but were edged 6-5.

Game two wasn’t quite as much fun, as Berry crushed the ball in a 15-0 win called after five innings.

The losses drop Sewanee to 1-3 as it begins its comeback from the pandemic shutdown.

The Tigers will be off for two weeks now, hosting a doubleheader against Centre College of Kentucky March 20.

Currently, Sewanee has a 10-game schedule, with only home games.

Through the first four of those contests, Wright has been at the forefront of the Tiger offense.

The catcher leads her squad in on-base percentage (.538), and is tied for first in hits (4), RBI (2), and walks (3).

She’s second in batting average (.400) and third in slugging percentage (.400).

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