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Softball action gets started early Friday. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Let’s make a full day of it.

Friday’s Coupeville High School softball schedule is being adjusted, with all activities still going forward, just at different times.

Originally, the Wolves were slated to host Orcas Island in a doubleheader kicking off at 3:30 PM.

The new schedule is as follows:

Game #1 — 12:30 first pitch

Game #2 — 4:00 Senior Night festivities, followed by gameĀ 

The adjustments are being made to help Orcas, which catches a 6:45 AM ferry, “break up their day a little bit,” said CHS coach Kevin McGranahan.

Coupeville will provide a BBQ for the two teams between games, as well.

The Wolves will honor Izzy Wells, Audrianna Shaw, Mckenna Somes, and Violette Huegerich during Senior Night festivities.

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Joey Lippo swung a big bat this weekend. (Photo courtesy Connie Lippo)

There was no escaping from Joey Lippo’s booming bat.

The Coupeville grad carved up rival pitchers Sunday, collecting five hits — including a three-run triple — and five RBI, as he and the University of Maine at Presque Isle baseball squad returned to action.

After sitting idle for eight days, Lippo and Co. split a doubleheader with Central Maine Community College, winning the nightcap 11-5 after being nipped 6-5 in the opener.

With the split, the Owls get to 3-16 on the year.

Lippo was locked in all day, opening with three hits and scoring a run in the first game.

But it was game #2 where he really went wild, launching a bases-clearing three-bagger followed by a two-run single.

Another run scored on a Lippo fly ball which was misplayed for an error, while the former Wolf also stole two bases.

Through 19 games, Skyy Lippo’s twin sibling leads UMPI in at-bats (65), runs (16), triples (2), home runs (1), RBI (13), walks (8), and steals (3).

He’s second on the Owls in batting average (.385), on-base percentage (.440), slugging percentage (.523), and hits (25).

UMPI returns to action next weekend, when it plays four games against Thomas College.

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Coupeville’s Sarah Wright continues to pile up stats on the college softball diamond.

They exited with a win.

Capping a trip to Texas, the Sewanee: University of the South softball squad split a doubleheader with the University of Dallas Saturday afternoon.

Coupeville grad Sarah Wright helped spark the Tigers, who dropped the opener 7-2, then won the nightcap 10-2.

The former Wolf star smacked a pair of hits and scampered around the basepaths, stepping on home plate to score three times in the twin-bill.

The split lifts Sewanee to 3-17 on the season and sends it off on another adventure.

Wright and Co., who attend classes in Tennessee, head to Rome, Georgia Mar. 26-27 for a three-game series with Berry College.

Those games are league contests, while the matchup with Dallas was a non-conference affair.

Wright, a junior at Sewanee, is finally getting a chance to play a complete season after year one and two were shortened by the pandemic.

Coupeville’s progeny is first on her team in home runs (2), RBI (10), runs (11), total bases (24), and at-bats (60), while being second in hits (15) and third in doubles (3).

The CHS Valedictorian back in the day, Wright is majoring in politics at Sewanee.

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Joey Lippo and mom Connie hang out in Florida.

Time to pack the bags and head home.

Coupeville High School grad Joey Lippo and his college baseball team capped a nine-games-in-five-days run through Florida Thursday, winning their getaway game.

The University of Maine at Presque Isle earned a split on the day, falling 10-5 to Colby-Sawyer College, before rebounding to win the nightcap 13-9.

Lippo and the Owls sit at 2-9 on the season.

The former Wolf three-sport star piled up two hits, two RBI, three walks, and five runs across the Thursday doubleheader.

Through 11 games Lippo leads Presque Isle in batting average (.389), RBI (9), runs (12), and walks (6), and is tied for the team lead in home runs (1).

The CHS grad and twin brother of dance supernova Skyy Lippo is second on the Owls in hits (14), triples (1), on-base percentage (.444), and slugging percentage (.583).

After its southern marathon, Presque Isle is off until Mar. 26, when it takes the field in Massachusetts to face Fisher College.

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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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