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Returning from injury, Lily Leedy had three hits Saturday as Coupeville’s JV softball squad played an off-Island doubleheader. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The odds were not in their favor.

The Coupeville High School JV softball squad invaded Dry Creek Elementary School in Port Angeles Saturday with a thin roster and two big-time 2A foes awaiting them.

But, while the Wolves fell 18-1 to Sequim and 19-3 to Port Angeles, the experience may pay off down the road for a team of talented, but still-developing players.

Sitting at 3-5 after the doubleheader sweep, Coupeville’s young guns have three games left on their schedule.

They face Cedar Park Christian on the road Apr. 29, then close with a home doubleheader May 2 against Burlington-Edison.

Saturday, the Wolves couldn’t plate as many runners as they might have liked, but they did sting the ball to the tune of 10 hits across the afternoon.

Lily Leedy, Abby Meyers, and Audrianna Shaw each collected three base-knocks apiece, with Leedy getting all of hers in one game against Port Angeles.

It was a nice bounce-back for the feisty freshman, who had missed several games after being bonked in the head by a wayward throw during warm-ups.

McKenna Somes rounded out the hit parade with a single against Sequim, while also being praised by CHS coach Greg Thomas for her work on defense in the twin-bill.

“She had a strong performance behind the plate,” he said.

Heidi Meyers, Tariana Hunter, Kylie Van Velkinburgh, Morgan Stevens, and Ivy Leedy also saw major playing time in the two games.

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Freshman Morgan Stevens reached base four times Thursday afternoon, as Coupeville High School JV softball rallied for a wild 19-18 win over Oak Harbor. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolves celebrate their big win. (Photo courtesy Greg Thomas)

Chloe Wheeler is having herself a moment.

Less than 24 hours after crunching her first-ever varsity hit, a magnificent two-run double to deep left field at Granite Falls, the softball slugger launched an even-bigger hit on her home field.

This time it was an RBI single smashed back up the middle, a walk-off bomb in the bottom of the fifth inning Thursday that lifted Coupeville’s JV squad to a wild win.

Down 11-2, the 1A Wolves came all the way back to upend their big-school neighbors, 3A Oak Harbor.

The 19-18 win, settled moments before the rain and darkness arrived on the prairie, gave Coupeville a season split in JV games with their North End foes.

Tack on a Wolf varsity win at Oak Harbor earlier this season, and CHS won two of three against the Wildcats this spring.

With the win, the Wolf JV evens its record at 3-3, heading into a Saturday doubleheader at Port Angeles.

Thursday’s game was a prime testament to a team not giving in, ever, as Coupeville only led once, when Wheeler’s hot shot bit a chunk out of the outfield grass, sending Ivy Leedy streaking home with the game’s final run.

Oak Harbor opened on fire, tossing five runs on the board in the top of the first, and another six in the second.

In between, Coupeville scraped together a pair of runs in the bottom of the first, with freshman Audrianna Shaw beginning a torrid day at the plate with a two-run triple to the wall in left field.

That plated Wheeler, who beat the throw to first on a dropped third strike, and Abby Meyers, who swatted a single to center.

Unfortunately for the Wolves, the rally ended as quickly as it began, with Shaw stranded at third and unable to come home.

Heading into the bottom of the second, CHS found itself mired in an 11-2 hole and looking for a spark.

And the Wolves found it.

Kylie Van Velkinburgh dropped a seeing-eye single into short right-center, Mckenna Somes beat out the first of her THREE bunt singles, and Morgan Stevens walked to juice the bags with no one out.

After poking at the Wildcats, picking up a run on a Wheeler RBI single and another on a bases-loaded walk to Heidi Meyers, the Wolves fully flexed their muscles.

The show of force came courtesy back-to-back huge base-knocks, with Izzy Wells parking a two-run double to center, followed by Shaw almost killing the OHHS pitcher.

Ripping a liner right back up the middle, she banked the ball off the girl’s face-mask with a vicious clang, sending two more runners scampering home and sending a tremor rolling across the prairie.

Back within 11-8, the stage was set not for a blowout, but for a war, and the two teams obliged.

Back and forth it went.

Oak Harbor stretched the lead out to 13-8, Coupeville cut it to 13-12 (with Wheeler crunching an RBI triple), the Wildcats stamped on the gas again to make it 18-12, then the Wolves slashed it back down to 18-17 by the end of the fourth inning.

In between, there were big hits — Van Velkinburgh whipping a two-run single to dead center that left her bat like it had bought a ticket on a jet liner.

There were big hustle plays — Leedy crashing hard down the third-base line, before ducking under the tag to score on a bunt single by Somes.

And there were big defensive moments — Wolf shortstop Abby Meyers gunning down a runner heading into third, and Leedy snagging a foul ball while threatening to crash into the first-base dugout.

Which all led us to the only way a game like this could end, or should end, with a nail-biter finish which blossomed into a home-town celebration.

Oak Harbor opened the top of the fifth inning, which was to be the final frame with the approach of darkness, by eking out a walk.

It would be the last happy moment for the Wildcats, unless they got to hit McDonald’s on the way home.

Van Velkinburgh, working strongly in the pitcher’s circle, induced an infield pop-up, at which point things got odd.

Coming from short and second, sisters Abby and Heidi Meyers almost ran into each other, the ball dropped in, the sisters started to argue, and the runner coming from first froze two steps into her journey, perhaps not wanting to get into the middle of a family spat.

Though maybe it was just a ruse, meant to throw off the runner, as Abby bellowed “Heidi, ball!!!!!” and her older sibling immediately snatched it up and calmly flipped it to her lil’ sis for the force-out.

At which point the Meyers sisters looked at each other, grinned, and slapped mitts, while the forlorn ‘Cat runner slowly, very slowly, walked off the field.

That left a runner at first (the batter who hit the pop-up), but it was nothing, as Coupeville promptly closed the inning with a double-play.

Van Velkinburgh got another pop up, this time right to third-base, where Shaw snatched it out of the air for out #2, before spinning and firing to Leedy at first to double up the straying runner for out #3.

Having held Oak Harbor scoreless for the only time in the game, Coupeville sprinted back to its dugout still down by a run, but with 99.89% of the fans convinced this was about to be a winner, winner, chicken dinner.

It wasn’t a question of if it would happen, but how, and the Wolves made quick work of the scenario.

Singles from Shaw and Van Velkinburgh, wrapped around a walk to Leedy, jammed the bases full with no outs, then the Wolves pulled off a rare play to knot the score.

Somes struck out, but when the ball skittered away from the catcher, she tore down to first base.

Since the base was occupied, she really had nowhere to go, but Oak Harbor seemed to forget that, and when they threw to first to try and get her, Shaw bolted for home, sliding in with the tying run.

Flustered and frustrated, the Wildcats were on the edge, just waiting to be pushed off.

Stevens gave them a little poke, dropping an infield single on a ball which spun about 485 times before coming to a stop right in front of the pitcher, which set up Wheeler for hero time.

Much like her varsity at-bat the night before, #2 was locked and loaded, her bat slicing downward and shooting the ball out where no one was going to catch it.

The wild finale capped a game in which CHS collected an astonishing 19 hits, at least according to my (generous) scoring.

Shaw and Van Velkinburgh each delivered four base-knocks, while Wheeler and Somes had three apiece.

Stevens reached base four times, collecting two singles and two walks, with Wells, Leedy, and Abby Meyers rounding out the hit parade.

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Coupeville’s Ivy Leedy whiffed three hitters Monday in her high school pitching debut. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Every journey starts with the first step.

For Ivy Leedy, that meant picking up the ball and storming into the pitcher’s circle Monday, where she made her high school pitching debut, whiffing three Cedar Park Christian hitters in as many innings.

And for Tariana Hunter, it meant taking the field for the first time, and once there, eking out a walk and hurtling around the base-paths like a seasoned pro.

While the Coupeville High School JV softball team fell 14-1 to a more-seasoned CPC squad, the lessons learned were invaluable.

From Leedy’s grace under fire, after just a single week of working as a pitcher, to Hunter’s go-go spirit, to Morgan Stevens, who made a great catch in left, then immediately turned around and ripped a single, the young Wolves impressed their coaches.

Now 2-2 on the season, the JV returns to action with a home game Thursday against Oak Harbor, then hits the road for a doubleheader Saturday in Port Angeles.

Facing off with an Eagles team which had a fair sprinkling of varsity players in its lineup, Coupeville came away with three hits and five walks.

Chloe Wheeler, Mckenna Somes, and Stevens delivered base-knocks, while Heidi Meyers walked twice.

Also getting aboard thanks to sharp eyes at the plate were Wheeler, Hunter, and Abby Meyers, who all drew free passes from the sometimes-wild CPC pitcher.

Amanda Thomas and Kylie Van Velkinburgh rounded out the Wolf roster, holding down right field and first base, respectively.

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CHS freshman Kylie Van Velkinburgh made her high school pitching debut Monday afternoon in Oak Harbor. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mckenna Somes had Coupeville’s lone hit in a 15-3 loss.

Stretch yourself now, try new things, and it may pay off down the road.

JV sports are about mixing and matching, seeing who can excel while playing multiple positions.

And, while the Coupeville High School JV softball squad fell 15-3 at Oak Harbor Monday, the Wolves got a chance to build for the future.

The Wolves, now 2-1 on the season, put freshman Kylie Van Velkinburgh in the pitcher’s circle for the first time, and she went the distance, facing 27 hitters.

That’s huge, as Coupeville tries to build a solid pitching staff at the JV level.

Van Velkinburgh’s best inning was the bottom of the second, when she erased three Wildcat hitters in order, ending things by taking down the top two hitters in the lineup.

While Coupeville’s JV was hoping to follow in the footsteps of the school’s varsity softball players and upend a 3A school, Wolf bats had a rare cold day.

McKenna Somes smashed a single in the first inning, but that was it for CHS, which did manage to eke out seven walks.

They came from seven different Wolf hitters as well, with Lily Leedy, Heidi Meyers, Van Velkinburgh, Abby Meyers, Chloe Wheeler, Morgan Stevens, and Amanda Thomas all reaching base thanks to possessing eagle eyes.

Marenna Rebischke-Smith and Ivy Leedy rounded out the lineup for the Wolves, who now head into a long break.

The JV isn’t scheduled to play again until Apr. 10, while the Wolf varsity takes the field five times during that stretch.

When they do get back into action, Coupeville’s young guns have eight games left on their schedule, including a rematch Apr. 18 with Oak Harbor.

That game is set to go down on Coupeville’s diamond.

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Coupeville freshman Mckenna Somes scored three times Saturday, while playing in her first high school softball game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

If it wasn’t for the mercy rule, the game might still be going.

Scoring the maximum five runs in each inning Saturday, the Coupeville High School JV softball team paddled 2A Lakewood 20-6 in a game played on a neutral field in Oak Harbor.

Nine of 11 Wolves scored at least once, while the young guns racked up 10 hits and 14 walks in their season opener.

The run-fest started in the bottom of the first inning, where Coupeville didn’t record a single out while going through the first seven slots in the lineup.

And it didn’t let up from there, as the Wolves picked apart Lakewood’s pitching, while their own hurler, Mollie Bailey, whiffed 10 Cougars.

The opening salvo for Coupeville started with back-to-back walks to Audrianna Shaw and Mckenna Somes, followed by three straight base-knocks.

Izzy Wells teed off on a pitch, launching a double, while Bailey and Kylie Van Velkinburgh plunked singles into open gaps in the defense.

Sisters Ivy and Lily Leedy closed the first-inning assault by demonstrating eagle eyes, both eking out free passes on walks.

The rat-a-tat offense never let up for Coupeville, with Wells smashing a triple, Bailey and Van Velkinburgh launching doubles, and Shaw, Bailey, and both Leedy sisters tacking on singles.

Shaw, Somes, and Heidi Meyers each picked up three base on balls, Chloe Wheeler and Amanda Thomas walked twice apiece, and Morgan Stevens helped anchor the rock-solid Wolf defense while stationed in left field.

Coupeville, after waxing a big-school opponent, gets a different kind of challenge in its next game.

The Wolf JV hosts Concrete Wednesday, Mar. 20 and the 4 PM game is against the 2B school’s varsity squad.

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