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Veronica Crownover, home-run hitting prairie legend. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Now a college player, Crownover (back, center) had four hits, including a long ball, as Wazzu won two of three on opening weekend. (Photo courtesy Kelly Crownover)

Different town, different uniform, same booming bat.

Coupeville High School grad Veronica Crownover made her college softball debut this weekend, and she filled the Pullman sky with the sight of a bashed ball flying far, far away.

Just the way she used to do it as a Wolf.

Crownover is now a freshman at Washington State University, and she and her teammates on the school’s club softball squad took two of three games from visiting Boise State.

The Cougars dropped the season opener Saturday, falling 11-3, then bounced back to sweep a doubleheader Sunday, winning 9-5 and 13-4.

Crownover’s bat was smokin’ in the 38-degree weather, as she peppered Bronco pitching.

After picking up her first two collegiate hits and coming around to score in Sunday’s opener, she smacked a third single to open the nightcap, then went deep.

Her two-run home run was still climbing as it cleared the center-field fence 310 feet away, while parents Darren and Kelly out-screamed the entire rest of the fan base of both teams.

Trotting home with her first college tater, Veronica Crownover, who has picked up the nickname “Bro” from her Wazzu teammates (since she uses the word as a noun, verb, and adjective in most conversations), was all smiles.

“Today was a really good day,” she said. “I can die happy.”

Along with her offensive explosion, Crownover was her usual slick-fielding presence at first base, pulling in throws no matter where they were headed.

The Cougars, who play year-round, return to action the last weekend of October, when they’ll put their 2-1 record on the line against Gonzaga.

During her time in Coupeville, Crownover earned a truck load of softball awards from her team and various leagues for her play.

Before graduating last spring, she and fellow Wolf seniors Sarah Wright and Nicole Laxton led CHS to the state tournament in Richland, where Coupeville won a game for the first time since 2002.

The Wolves held up well against eventual state champ Montesano, upset Deer Park, which had taken out the defending state champs, then came within a play of also knocking off Cle Elum.

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“Get off me, ball!! Way to wear it, babe!!!” Coupeville catcher Sarah Wright leads the dugout chatter after a teammate gets plunked. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mollie Bailey: “I’m stealing second, coach.” Ron Wright: “Don’t even think about it.” Bailey: “They don’t call me Wheels for nothing, my man.” Wright: “No one calls you Wheels, shorty. Do we have to have this conversation every freakin’ time you get on base?” Bailey: “Yes, yes we do…”

Young stars (l to r) Izzy Wells, Audrianna Shaw, and Coral Caveness ponder the fate of the universe.

Homer-hittin’ titan Veronica Crownover arrives for the party.

Shaw flies home.

Mackenzie Davis comes up firing.

Wolf tennis stars Genna Wright (left) and Tia Wurzrainer have no fear of the sunshine.

Wells delivers the high, hard cheese.

There was a little bit of everything for everyone.

Saturday brought with it three Coupeville High School softball games, two for the varsity and another for the JV squad.

Toss in some rare early-spring sunshine, a lot of wins, and some steady camera-clicking by John Fisken, and it was a fairly complete day.

To see everything the paparazzi shot, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Softball-2018-2019/SB-2019-03-16-vs-OH/

And, remember, a percentage from any purchases goes to help fund scholarships for CHS senior student/athletes.

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   Katrina McGranahan whacked a double, triple and home run while also tossing 11 strikeouts Monday in a win over Meridian. (John Fisken photo)

“We ended it early so we could go to Taco Time for dinner.”

Raining down pain on host Meridian Monday, the Coupeville High School softball squad made quick work of another opponent, leaving coach Kevin McGranahan smiling.

“The whole team fought from the beginning to the end,” he said. “Another solid win for the Wolves.”

By the time CHS was done pasting the ball — all nine starters had at least one hit, with Katrina McGranahan tallying a double, triple and home run — the Wolves had rolled to a 12-2 win called early thanks to the mercy rule.

The win, the fifth straight for Coupeville, lifts it to 12-1 on the season.

That matches the 2002 Wolf sluggers, who finished 3rd at state, for the best start through 13 games.

Facing their second straight foe from the always-dangerous Northwest Conference, Coupeville showed the same resolve (and big bats) which helped them thump Lynden Christian Saturday.

The Wolves got to Meridian’s starting pitcher in a hurry.

Lead-off hitter Lauren Rose swatted a single, then, two batters later, Katrina McGranahan jacked her fourth home run of the season, parking it deep over the fence in right-center.

A couple of walks, a Meridian error and a single off the bat of Hope Lodell plated two more runs before the inning was done, and the Wolves were off in style.

Coupeville added two in the third, then put together three-run rallies in both the fourth and sixth to ice the game.

Continuing her torrid pitching of late, McGranahan mowed down 10 of the first 11 batters she faced, allowing only one runner until the fourth inning.

Never in danger (Meridian scraped together its two runs in the sixth after trailing 12-0), she whiffed 11 and, when necessary, got a little prime-time help from her defense.

The very first batter singled, only to be gunned down trying to steal second by Wolf catcher Sarah Wright.

CHS had everything going for it — pitching, defense, and, as usual, high-powered offense.

All three of McGranahan’s hits were for extra bases, and she was only denied a chance to hit for the cycle when Meridian walked her the fourth time she strode to the plate.

Wright (a single and double) and Lodell (two singles) backed her up, while Rose, Jae LeVine, Mikayla Elfrank, Veronica Crownover, Tiffany Briscoe and Tamika Nastali all added a base-knock.

Freshman Scout Smith scored twice and had a pair of steals as a pinch-runner.

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Monica Vidoni

   Wolf grad Monica Vidoni (5) smashed her third college softball home run Sunday. (Photo courtesy Vidoni)

She can’t be contained.

Coupeville High School grad Monica Vidoni mashed her third college softball home run Sunday, a solo pinch-hit blast that helped carry Rainy River Community College to a 7-1 win.

The Voyageurs, who swept their twin-bill with Mesabi Range, winning the nightcap 10-6 (Vidoni singled), have won four straight and 10 of their last 12.

RRCC sits at 22-11 with one doubleheader left on its regular season schedule.

Vidoni, a freshman, has seen action in 27 games for the Minnesota-based school this spring, piling up 15 hits, 13 runs, five extra-base knocks (two doubles to go with the three dingers) and nine RBI.

Two of her former teammates are deep into their college seasons, as well.

Hailey Hammer, a freshman at Everett Community College, has played in 17 games for an 11-13 squad.

She has 10 hits, seven runs, five RBI, three walks and a game-winning home run.

Madeline Roberts, a sophomore at Shoreline Community College, has been on the field in 15 games for the Dolphins, who are 10-8.

The slap-hittin’ outfielder has four hits, four runs, four steals, three walks, two RBI and a double on her resume this season.

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Wolf grad Monica Vidoni (center) smacked her second college home run Wednesday in Minnesota.

   Wolf grad Monica Vidoni (center) smacked her second college home run Wednesday in Minnesota. (Photo courtesy Vidoni)

Monica Vidoni has left the yard. Again.

The Coupeville High School grad cranked her second college home run Wednesday, part of Rainy River Community College’s epic doubleheader dismantling of Hibbing.

The Voyageurs improved to 16-7 on the season with 31-1 and 16-0 wins.

Vidoni’s home run came in the second game and gave her 13 hits and eight RBI in 21 games during her freshman season in Minnesota.

Rainy River has 22 home runs this year, with six different players having cleared the fence.

Softball season is capping a full year for Vidoni, who also played volleyball and basketball for RRCC.

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