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Coupeville High School cross country kicked off a new season Thursday at a six-team North Sound Conference meet in Arlington. (Photos by Susan Hulst)

Ready to hit the trail.

Year two got off to a nice start.

The Coupeville High School cross country squad and new coach Luke Samford made their debut Thursday at a six-team meet in Arlington and growth was the word of the day.

The Wolves, who returned to the trails last season after a two-decade absence, have increased their numbers, and are doing so in the best way possible – with the addition of freshmen who could help carry the program for years to come.

Facing off with its fellow North Sound Conference rivals, Coupeville sent nine boys and four girls to the starting line, with eight of the 13 being 9th graders.

The Wolves have 17 runners on the roster, including three boys and one girl (including two more freshmen) who didn’t compete in the first meet.

That’s up from 2018, when CHS had six boys and two girls on its roster.

Those two female returnees — junior Catherine Lhamon and sophomore Alana Mihill — had the best performances of the day, finishing 13th and 15th in a strong field.

Naomi Smith, a powerhouse from King’s, took the individual title on the two-mile course at River Meadows Park, cruising across the line in 11 minutes, 9.50 seconds.

On the boys side, freshman Mitchell Hall was the top Wolf, claiming 25th, while Isaac Cortes of Granite Falls copped the crown.

The South Whidbey boys and King’s girls won the team titles.

 

Coupeville’s runners:

GIRLS:

Catherine Lhamon (13th) 14:36.80
Alana Mihill
(15th) 15:07.70
Claire Mayne
(17th) 15:14.10
Helen Strelow
(19th) 15:45.40

BOYS:

Mitchell Hall (25th) 12:38.20
Sam Wynn (38th) 13:02.50
Aidan Wilson (39th) 13:02.80
Reiley Araceley (47th) 13:43.50
Tate Wyman (49th) 14:02.30
Cameron Epp (52nd) 14:04.00
Chris Ruck (53rd) 14:04.30
Aiden Anderson (55th) 14:16.70
Eli Kastner (64th) 15:17.90

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Coupeville frosh Izzy Wells brings the heat Thursday at the district softball tourney in Sedro-Woolley. (Karen Carlson photos)

Scout Smith comes chugging home with one of three fences-clearing home-runs the Wolves smashed as they swept two games and clinched a trip to state.

Third time’s the charm.

After falling a single win shy of advancing to the state tournament two years running, the Coupeville High School softball team flipped the script this time around.

Mashing the ball with a cold, relentless fury Thursday, launching three home runs amid a hail of extra-base hits, the Wolf sluggers swept two games at the district tourney in Sedro-Woolley, clinching their ticket to the big dance.

It’s the third trip to state for Coupeville softball, as the 2019 Wolves join the 2002 and 2014 teams in earning a bid.

After bouncing Meridian 15-0, then holding off a late rally by conference arch-rival Granite Falls in an 11-10 thriller, Coupeville first advances to Saturday’s district championship game.

The Wolves, now 14-7 and carrying a six-game winning streak, play Lynden Christian (11-11) at 2 PM back at Janicki Fields.

That’s a rematch of an early-season non-conference game in which the Lyncs slipped away with a 9-6 win on their home field.

Lynden Christian, the #3 seed from the Northwest Conference, was a bit of a surprise Thursday, drilling Cedar Park Christian 15-3 before toppling NWC #1 Mount Baker 19-17 in the semifinals.

Win or lose Saturday, both Coupeville and Lynden Christian are state-bound May 24-25, heading to Richland to be part of the 16-team 1A field.

The draw for the state tourney is announced this Sunday.

Districts started with nine teams vying for three spots to state, and South Whidbey and Meridian went 0-2 Thursday and crashed out, joining Sultan, which lost a play-in game.

The four teams which finished 1-1 will vie Saturday for the third, and final, state berth from District 1.

Granite Falls faces Cedar Park, and Mount Baker plays Nooksack Valley in loser-out games at noon.

The survivors clash at 2 PM for third-place, while Coupeville and Lynden Christian play for the big trophy on field one, the diamond which the Wolves ruled Thursday afternoon and evening.

How things played out:

 

Game 1:

The first time Coupeville played Meridian, it was a balmy Saturday afternoon on Whidbey Island, and the Wolves romped to an 11-1 mid-season non-league win.

Come playoff time, CHS kicked it into another gear, scoring 11 runs in one inning — with 10 of those coming with two outs — as all nine starters reached base in a game called in the fourth thanks to the mercy rule.

For a game which finished 15-0, it was surprisingly close for a solid 15 minutes.

Neither team scored until the bottom of the second, and Coupeville actually went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the first.

To give credit where it’s due, Wolf hitters Scout Smith, Emma Mathusek, and Chelsea Prescott all ripped wicked line drives first time around, only to have Meridian show off some quality glove work.

The first hot shot was snagged in mid-flight by the Trojan shortstop, the next two by a very-startled first baseman.

But with Smith flinging liquid heat from the pitcher’s circle, Meridian could do diddly squat on offense, and Coupeville wouldn’t be held down for long.

The Wolves picked up one run after Sarah Wright bashed a ball off the shortstop’s glove, before moving to third on a ground-out, then strolling home when Veronica Crownover tattooed the ball off the top of the left field wall for an RBI double.

Field #1 had higher fences than the other three diamonds at the play-fields, and the two-bagger would have been a home run on every other field.

Crownover, camped at second, briefly eyeballed the fence, then stashed that info away for later use.

Spoiler alert: the Wolf first-baseman, who leads her squad in taters, hits two home runs later in this story, proving her ability to adjust in-game.

And back to our story as it develops, with walks to Mackenzie Davis and Nicole Laxton setting the table for Smith, who promptly cranked a two-run double to left to give herself, and her pitching arm, a little cushion.

While Smith’s bat made the Meridian coach weep internally, the end of the play, when Laxton pulled off a Pete Rose-worthy head-first slide into third to beat the incoming throw, might have been the prettiest play of the whole dang afternoon.

Back in the pitcher’s circle, Smith gunned down the Trojans 1-2-3 for the second straight inning, part of a run where she retired eight of nine hitters, then erased her one minor mistake (a walk) by inducing a double-play.

Coupeville could have slid by with a run here, a run there, which is what it looked like might happen after Mollie Bailey plated Wright with a sac fly in the bottom of the third.

Up 4-0, with two outs and not a soul aboard, the Wolves were in a decent place.

Then they moved to a really great place.

After Bailey — whose older sister McKayla was the pitching ace for the last Wolf softball team to go to state — bopped back to the bench, a drummer always moving to her own beat, CHS ignited a rally for the ages.

The next 10 Wolf batters reached base safely, starting with a Crownover single, then ending when she came back around to paste the snot out of the ball for a two-run home-run to right-center.

Her fourth ball to clear the fence and fly away to open spaces this season (spoiler: #5 is coming before this story is done), Crownover’s blast followed on the heels of RBI singles from Coral Caveness and Bailey, several Meridian errors, and Prescott gettin’ medieval.

The sophomore shortstop cranked a three-run double that would have been a triple, if she hadn’t hit a hidden hole in the infield as she barreled towards second base.

Prescott, running with a full head of steam, suddenly went down like a sniper in the stands shot out her leg, sending a momentary tremor through Wolf Nation.

But, after five seconds, which felt like an hour, she popped up, bounced around, then perched atop the bag, smiling, and all the pent-up air rushed back out of Coupeville fans in a happy sigh.

Up 14-0 by the time the third inning finally ended, the Wolves needed just a single run in the bottom of the fourth to take advantage of a postseason mercy rule which ends games when one team goes up by 15 any time after the third inning.

Fittingly, it was Smith, who parked a liner to left, sending Laxton home with the final run and earning herself the (sort of) complete-game shutout.

Coupeville rapped out nine hits in the opener, and would get another 12 base-knocks in the night-cap.

Crownover, with two home runs among her four hits, led the way, while Smith, Prescott, Wright, and Caveness piled up three base-knocks apiece across the two games.

Mathusek (2), Bailey (2), and Laxton (1) rounded out the hit parade.

 

Game 2:

While Coupeville had plenty of time to sit around, have a bite to eat, and relax, Granite played all seven innings in its opener, stranding the tying and winning runs on base in a 7-6 thriller against Nooksack Valley.

The Tigers, who beat the Wolves twice this season, only to see CHS bounce back for a win in their third meeting, which was crucial to Coupeville clinching the #1 seed from the North Sound Conference, looked tired when they trekked over to Field #1.

This time it was Wells, the fab frosh, in the pitcher’s circle and she came out poppin’ in a 1-2-3 top of the first.

Granite, with its main hurler having thrown a ton of pitches in the opening game, answered with a backup chucker, causing the Wolves to lick their chops.

Dropping hay-makers from the get-go, Coupeville got a lead-off homer to left from Smith, her second big blast of the season, then an RBI single from Bailey.

Enter Crownover, twirling her bat and giving the stink eye to the Tiger hurler, and exit the ball, with a three-run blast grabbing a one-way ticket over the fence in left-center, staking CHS to a 5-0 lead.

Turns out the Wolves would need every one of those runs, as Granite picked away for two runs in the second, then one more in both the third and fourth.

While the lead shrank to 5-4, things didn’t get truly tragic.

Smart defensive plays, whether it was Mathusek with a diving catch in center, Bailey nonchalantly yanking a red-hot liner out of the air a millisecond before it screamed past her head, or a Laxton-to-Prescott-to-Wright relay to nail a runner at the plate, were huge.

Granite, known for its ability to generate huge offensive outbursts, kept on being muted by Wells and her teammates, and Coupeville never lost the lead.

Ever.

Looking for some breathing room, the Wolves erupted for another five runs in the bottom of the fourth, stretching the margin back out to a more comfortable 10-4.

It started with Caveness, who has been on a hitting tear during the second-half of the season, poking a single into a microscopic gap in left, then really got rolling with base-knocks from Mathusek, Prescott, and Wright.

Prescott’s single was a supremely weird chopper which spun the wrong way, evading the Granite pitcher like they were playing tag at recess.

Wright’s was a wicked pool shot hammered by a back alley hustler taking all your money while making you think you somehow still had a chance to get the cash back.

You don’t, so don’t ask.

From there, the two teams each nabbed a single run, with Prescott delivering an RBI triple while, this time, avoiding the hidden hole at second.

Coupeville couldn’t quite pull away to ten-run Granite, but the Tigers couldn’t get to Wells, or Smith, who came on in relief in the fifth, and it was 11-5 with the Wolves three outs from nirvana.

And then things got sticky.

Maybe nerves finally got to the Wolves a bit, maybe it was the lil’ rain drops which sputtered off and on over the day, maybe it was just a way to make sure the audience didn’t desert Field #1 for any of the other games.

Two crucial Granite hits, and a couple of Coupeville brain fart errors, gave the Tigers a last bit of hope.

In the flicker of an eye, it went from 11-5 to 11-10, and the Wolves were scraping, desperately, to get those final, precious outs.

Caveness, who was superb in the field all day, picked up an out with a sweet snag and flip to Prescott, while Smith erased another hitter on a come-backer.

But Granite had its second-best hitter at the plate, representing the tying run, and its best hitter on-deck, and, for a flicker of a moment, it might have been easy for bad memories to return.

Three years ago, when current seniors Crownover, Laxton, and Wright were freshmen, the Wolves went one and out at districts.

Two years ago, after four playoff games in 22 hours, an exhausted Coupeville team stood a single strike away from eliminating Bellevue Christian and advancing to state … but couldn’t get there.

Last year, the Wolves needed to beat Klahowya, a team they had won six straight against, to punch their ticket.

But it didn’t happen.

Thursday night, at a few minutes past 8 PM Pacific Standard Time, all those memories went away, however.

Smith fired a final pitch and got the ground-out she needed, wanted, and deserved.

Prescott went low, snapped up the ball effortlessly, popped up, took a moment to plant herself, then the orb was headed towards Crownover’s glove, flicked with precision and great velocity.

Time froze, a last raindrop splashed down on the bill of a fan’s ball cap, then Crownover squeezed the ball gently and the universe righted itself.

Sometimes you get the reward for all the hard work, the bruises and scrapes, the late nights on ferries and buses, for never giving up, no matter how many twists and turns come your way in your athletic life.

For Coupeville softball, its steady seniors, its ball-joltin’ juniors, its superb sophomores, its bright-eyed freshmen, and its coaching staff full of diamond lifers, Thursday was one of the biggies.

There’s still much ahead — the district title game, a run at state, and then, down the road, the awards banquet.

But Thursday?

That’s the one they talk about at their 10-year reunion, the one they tell their own daughters about when they hand them a glove for the first time in the backyards of the future.

Thursday will live forever.

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Izzy Wells and Coupeville softball are the #1 playoff seed from the North Sound Conference. (Karen Carlson photo)

I love it when a plan comes together.

Everything broke perfectly Thursday, guaranteeing the Coupeville High School softball squad heads to districts next week as the #1 seed from the North Sound Conference.

The Wolves, 9-3 in league play, 12-7 overall, finished in a three-way tie atop the conference with Cedar Park Christian (9-3, 14-4) and Granite Falls (9-3, 12-7).

That was assured Thursday when CPC crowned South Whidbey 19-4 and Granite smushed Sultan 16-8 on the last day of the regular season.

Wolf softball gets to add a league title plaque to the Wall of Fame in the CHS gym for a second-straight year.

Things were a little more complex, however, when it came to playoff seeding.

With three teams tying for the best record, the first tie-breaker (head-to-head play) solved nothing.

Coupeville won two of three against Cedar Park, but lost two of three to Granite, which lost two of three to Cedar Park, leaving the tie intact.

The ultimate tie-breaker was a blind draw done by league Athletic Directors before the season started, and Wolf AD Willie Smith had the magic touch, plucking out the best number.

Having cashed his golden ticket, Coupeville is the #1 seed to the eight-team, double-elimination district tourney, from which three teams advance to state.

Cedar Park is #2 (based on head-to-head), while Granite, which had a big lead in the standings just a week-and-a-half ago, before losing back-to-back games, slides to #3.

South Whidbey (2-10, 5-13) goes as #4, while #5 Sultan (1-11, 1-14) has to survive a play-in game with Meridian (7-12), the #4 team from the Northwest Conference, to make the main draw.

Coupeville opens districts May 16 at Janicki Fields in Sedro-Woolley, with its first game against the Sultan/Meridian winner.

During the regular season the Wolves beat the Trojans 11-1 in a non-conference game, and swept the Turks in league play, winning 12-0, 7-4, and 15-2.

 

The bracket:

http://www.nscathletics.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2923&sport=15

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Lola Jimenez and the CHS tennis team ended the regular season Thursday at Granite Falls. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They played from dawn to dusk.

Or at least it probably felt that way, as the Coupeville High School girls tennis team wrapped the regular season Thursday with a match-and-a-half in Granite Falls.

First, the two teams finished up a varsity match suspended by rain in mid-April, before playing a complete varsity and JV rumble.

Granite eked out the slimmest of wins in both varsity bouts, claiming 3-2 victories to sweep the doubleheader.

The losses drop Coupeville to 2-6 in North Sound Conference play, 2-7 overall.

The Wolves finish in fourth-place in the team standings, trailing King’s (7-1), South Whidbey (7-1), and Granite (4-4), but staying ahead of Friday Harbor (0-8).

Now, the focus turns to the postseason, and a return trip to Granite May 7-8 for the district tourney.

Each league school will send two singles players and two doubles teams to the modified double-elimination event.

Genna Wright and Jillian Mayne are locked in for singles, while the doubles duo of Tia Wurzrainer and Avalon Renninger enter the tourney as the #2 seed, behind just South Whidbey’s Allison Papritz and Mary Zisette.

The Falcon duo finished 2nd at state a season ago, falling in the title match.

Coupeville’s second doubles team will be decided Friday, when Emily Fiedler and Eryn Wood face off with Jaimee Masters and Abby Mulholland in a challenge match on the CHS courts.

 

Complete Thursday results:

 

Match #1 (completion from 4/16):

 

Varsity:

1st Singles — Genna Wright lost to Emily Lundberg 6-0, 6-1

2nd Singles — Jillian Mayne lost to Gabbriela Schmiesing 6-2, 6-2

1st Doubles — Tia Wurzrainer/Avalon Renninger beat Hannah White/Sadie Hutchinson 6-1, 6-2

2nd Doubles — Eryn Wood/Emily Fiedler lost to Victoria Rodenbaugh/Olivia Harmon 6-2, 4-6, 10-7

3rd Doubles — Jaimee Masters/Abby Mulholland beat Mackenzy Petit/Cosette Kroeze full score not reported

 

Match #2:

 

Varsity:

1st Singles — Wright lost to Lundberg 6-1, 6-3

2nd Singles — Mayne beat Hannah Yadon 6-3, 5-7, 6-2

1st Doubles — Wurzrainer/Renninger beat White/Hutchinson 6-0, 6-4

2nd Doubles — Wood/Fiedler lost to Harmon/Rodenbaugh 4-6, 7-5, 10-8

3rd Doubles — Masters/Mulholland lost to Schmiesing/Yairet Reyes-Hernandez 5-7, 6-3, 6-2

 

JV:

4th Doubles — Bruna Moratori/Elaira Nicolle lost 8-4

5th Doubles — Katelin McCormick/Noelle Daigneault lost 8-4

6th Doubles — Mary Milnes/Maddy Andrews lost 8-5

7th Doubles — Cassidy Holmes/Cecilia Camarena lost 8-3

8th Doubles — Annika Heller/Lola Jimenez lost 8-3

9th Doubles — McCormick/Daigneault lost 8-4

10th Doubles — Milnes/Andrews won 8-2

11th Doubles — Moratori/Nicolle won 8-2

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Sophomore Coral Caveness cracked a career-high four hits Wednesday as Coupeville stunned league leader Granite Falls. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolves celebrate one of their two out-of-the-park home-runs.

They came in with a swagger, and they left with a stagger.

Granite Falls still sits atop the North Sound Conference softball standings, but the Tigers got tamed Wednesday afternoon in Cow Town.

Scoring in every inning, then clamping down on defense with the game on the line, Coupeville roared from behind to stun their visitors 20-18 in a wild and woolly affair on the prairie.

The win, emphatically ended by freshman hurler Izzy “Ms. Unflappable” Wells whiffing Granite’s most-dangerous hitter with the nastiest pitch of her career, lifts the Wolves to 6-3 in league play, 9-7 overall.

That moves them back into a 2nd place tie with Cedar Park Christian (6-3, 11-4), though Coupeville owns the tiebreaker with the Eagles, having won two of three against CPC.

Granite (8-2, 11-6) is still in control of the race for the pennant, but Coupeville remains in play to tie or outright win the league title.

The Wolves play a home doubleheader Friday with Sultan (1-7, 1-10), then finish May 7 at South Whidbey (2-8, 5-11).

No matter how the race for the title ends, Wednesday’s clash was a statement game, and the Wolves spoke loudly.

“We finally put a complete game together against them,” said CHS coach Kevin McGranahan. “We made our share of mistakes, but we continued to fight.

“Total team win and they continue to remind me of why I do this,” he added. “I couldn’t be more proud of them and watching them achieve their goals makes every minute I spend out there worth it.”

Nine of the 11 players to see action got a hit Wednesday, as Coupeville smashed a season-high 24 base-knocks, including two out-of-the-park home runs, one from an expected source, one not so much.

Watching senior catcher Sarah Wright launch her fourth tater, a blast which was still going up as it waved bye-bye-bye to the fence, was not a surprise.

Having junior center-fielder Emma Mathusek — a speedy slash hitter who lives to spray hits, then leg out extra bases, go nuclear on the ball — almost made her mom fall out of the stands.

“This is my first home-run ever! Ever, ever, EVVVVVERRRRRRRR!!” Mathusek kept on saying, while circling the bases, while being mobbed by her teammates, even after the game, as she had all of her playing partners sign the ball.

It was a game where the big sluggers came through, where the bottom-of-the-order hitters proved as dangerous as anyone, and where the Wolves, to a player, refused to lose.

In the early going, it looked a bit dire, as Granite, a team which thrives on out-hitting its rivals, jumped to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first and eventually led until the bottom of the fourth.

But McGranahan had a plan, liberally swapping his pitchers as the game wore on.

Scout Smith, who uses precision and guile, got the start, while Wells, fond of flicking fiery mitt-poppers that kiss Wright’s glove with an audible smack, finished.

McGranahan traded the duo out each time Granite ran through its lineup, and the Tigers sputtered for a bit, picking up just five runs total across the second, third, and fourth innings.

Meanwhile, Coupeville was pick-pick-picking at the lead, tossing up three runs in the first, a single score in the second, two in the third, then erupting for nine in the game-changing bottom of the fourth.

The three-spot in the first showcased the many ways the Wolves can hurt rival teams.

Smith beat out an infield single to open things, before scoring all the way from first base on a throwing error.

Two batters later, Wright let everyone move a lot slower, mashing the ball down towards the ferry in Clinton and waltzing around the bags for a two-run homer.

In the second, it was Chelsea Prescott lashing an RBI single, while in the third Smith came back around to smoke a two-run double to left.

But the bottom of the fourth was the beauty, a 14-hitter, nine-hit, nine-run bonanza which featured disputed calls, a deep dive into the rule book and the Granite coach being verbally warned.

Down 10-6 headed into their turn at the plate, the Wolves went crazy.

RBI singles from Mollie Bailey, Veronica Crownover, and Wells cut the lead, and the tying run was waved home after Granite threw the ball into the Coupeville dugout while trying to get it back to the infield on the third of those hits.

The dispute centered around the umps giving the Wolf runner two bases, saying she was already on her way to third, so the extra base on the overthrow should send her home.

Granite’s coach, who looked like he wanted to pull off a Lou Piniella-style tirade, argued unsuccessfully to overturn the call until told to step off by a no-nonsense ump with a photographic memory of the rule book.

If the Tiger headman had a sour look on his face at the moment, it quickly got worse for him, as Coupeville pasted his pitcher for five more runs before she could escape the inning.

Coral Caveness ripped an RBI single to give CHS its first lead, Mathusek sliced a long two-run single (a hint of what was to come), before Bailey and Crownover tattooed run-plating base-knocks of their own.

But Granite worked its way into first-place thanks to owning a certain set of skills – top to bottom, their lineup is chock full of aggressive hitters.

Bouncing back with a vengeance, the Tigers plated seven runs of their own in the top of the fifth, capped by a three-run home run to left.

Back in front 17-15, the visitors seemed to have the momentum again.

To which Wells laughed, and laughed, and laughed some more. All while hiding her mouth behind her mitt, so as not to crack her Terminator facade.

The fab frosh closed the fifth with back-to-back strikeouts, and, whether they knew it or not, the Tigers were done for good.

Wells gave up a bunt single in the sixth, but closed a scoreless frame with a great snag on a come-backer, before getting two of her final three outs via strike-outs in the seventh – while facing the top of the order.

That was all Coupeville needed.

Caveness drilled a single under the shortstop’s glove in the bottom of the fifth, before Mathusek got savage.

Her game-tying, two-out, two-run home-run went dead to center, shocking the young woman who hit it, and delighting her boisterous fan section.

The fourth Wolf to clear the fence this season, Mathusek joins Crownover, Wright, and Smith in the long ball lounge.

Though, arguably, that club should have five occupants, as Nicole Laxton went yard in an earlier game, only to have a blind ump with a bad sight-line call it a ground-rule double.

Still going to argue that one for a long time…

With the game on the line in the bottom of the sixth, Coupeville got big blows from its old-timers and young whippersnappers alike.

Wright and Bailey poked singles to get things rolling, before Crownover and Wells pasted doubles, the first base-knock cracking the tie, the latter tacking on two insurance runs.

And yet, throats were dry in the Wolf fan section as the top of the seventh rolled around.

Granite, down just three, and with its most-lethal hitters striding to the plate, still presented major issues.

To which Wells laughed, and laughed some more. While keeping it all inside, her face impassive under her mask.

The lead-off batter, a very-artful slap hitter, plunked a double to left, then scooted to third on a passed ball, but Coupeville’s freshman pitcher reared back and gunned down the next Tiger swinging.

Facing a full count on the #3 hitter, with big-time masher Samantha Vanderwel on deck, Wells coaxed a deep fly to Mathusek in center.

While the sac fly plated a run, it accomplished two major feats — clearing the bases and pushing the Wolves an out away from the win, while not giving Granite’s cleanup hitter a chance to tie things up.

Vanderwel was still swinging from the bottom of her shoes, though, and her final face-off with Wells resembled two gunfighters circling each other at high noon.

Even if it was pushing 6:30 PM and the game was headed for a three-hour running time.

For one brief, fateful moment, all the birds stopped singing, the sun halted its descent to watch things play out, and the fans forgot to breathe.

Wells arm shot down, the ball exploded forward, Vanderwel’s bat whistled through the evening air, and one loud, joyous pop sounded as a final strike nestled deep in Wright’s mitt.

And then pandemonium broke loose.

Mitts went into the air.

Wolves screamed.

Wells might even have smiled, but only when everyone wasn’t looking, cause that’s how Terminators operate.

The furious comeback, the frantic finish, the emotional end, all capped a remarkably-balanced performance.

Caveness (a “Swiss Army knife” who played three positions), Smith, and Wright collected four hits apiece, while Crownover had three, and Mathusek, Prescott, Wells, and Bailey each ripped a pair.

Rounding out the hit parade was Mackenzie Davis and her single to center in the third inning was a thing of beauty, jumping off her bat, biting a chunk out of the field as it hit, and launching a key rally.

Laxton and Audrianna Shaw also saw playing time, while Chloe Wheeler was a vibrant part of the world’s loudest dugout, as Coupeville once again got contributions from everyone on the roster.

McGranahan has 12 Wolves in uniform, a unit that is rockin’ and rollin’ and not afraid of anyone, any time, any place.

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