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Veronica Crownover, prairie legend. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Some good hits, some bad hits.

Coupeville grad Veronica Crownover continues to tear up the diamond for the Washington State University club softball team, even if the weather in Pullman doesn’t exactly scream “let’s go outside.”

The former Wolf collected six base-knocks over the weekend, while also absorbing a fair amount of pain, as the Cougars won two of three games against visiting Gonzaga.

After splitting a doubleheader Saturday, winning 12-11 and falling 13-3, Crownover and Co. closed out the series with a 14-2 win Sunday.

WSU sits at 4-2 on the season, with a road trip to the University of Oregon coming up in two weeks.

Crownover’s bat was smokin’ in sub-40 degree weather (rain and wind drove temps a lot lower before the weekend was done), as the freshman first-baseman collected two singles in each of the three games.

She also picked up some black and blue marks, as she took a pitch to the shin, fouled a ball off her foot, then was later plunked in the elbow.

During her Coupeville days that was known as getting “Nicoled,” in honor of teammate and best bud Nicole Laxton, who had an uncanny ability to get drilled by opposing pitchers.

The worst of the three injuries was the shot to the elbow, which left a black circle on her now-swollen arm.

Wazzu’s coach took her out of the game, but then reinserted her as a courtesy runner for another player, a first for Crownover, who has been playing softball since she could walk.

Putting an exclamation point on her wild weekend, she promptly scored as a pinch runner, proving she can do it all.

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Caleb Meyer hangs out post-game with big sis Mckenzie. (Sarah Meyer photo)

Caleb Meyer is the next big thing.

Literally, as the Coupeville 7th grader continues to shoot up in height on what seems like a daily basis.

The little curly-haired kid who bopped around Videoville when he was a toddler (store owners Frank and Miriam Meyer are his grandparents) is now a long and lanky star on the rise in two sports worlds.

On the basketball court, he was the #1 scorer for Randy King’s 7th grade CMS squad, torching Forks for a season-high 26 points in one early-season win.

Exchange the basketball for a mitt and bat, and Meyer has spent the spring playing for Central Whidbey’s Babe Ruth baseball squad.

And there may be a third sport in his near future, as he’s considering trying middle school track as an 8th grader.

That would land him in the same universe as big sister Mckenzie, a standout with the CHS track squad who would be a senior next year.

Regardless of what he chooses in the spring, Meyer is certain of one thing — he was born a gym rat and will remain one all his days.

“I will always stick with basketball throughout my life, because it is my favorite sport,” he said. “It takes a lot of awareness and focus and it is also very fast-paced.”

While the seasons and sports may change, Meyer loves being active and finds something positive in whatever activity he is involved in.

“I enjoy being an athlete because it keeps me fit,” he said. “And I also find it is a good way to spend my time.”

While his height is a big strength for basketball, a lot of his points came off of beating foes down-court on the break. Speed kills, and he has speed for days.

“I believe that one thing I am good at is running fast,” Meyer said. “But I would like to be able to run fast for longer.”

While he hasn’t hit high school yet, he does have his eye on the far-flung future, giving him a solid target to work towards.

“My goal for high school is to get drafted into Gonzaga University and to be one of the best players in the league,” Meyer said.

As he pursues his goals, Caleb knows he has a strong (and proudly vocal, thanks to his cheerleader sister) support group in the stands.

He appreciates them all, but gives a special shout-out to his mother, Sarah.

“My mom has had the biggest impact on me,” Meyer said. “Supporting me with all the practices and bringing me to games as well as being at games to support me.”

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