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Coupeville second-baseman Heidi Meyers pops up, ready to terminate the hapless runner. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Audrianna Shaw frames the pitch, then wills the ball into her mitt for a strike.

Ivy Leedy rips a base-knock.

If looks could kill, Kylie Van Velkinburgh would be on death row for murder.

Abby Meyers gets low to field a hot chopper.

Shaw goes medieval on the ball, dumping it deep into the outfield for a triple.

No softball shall escape Heidi Meyers. Ever.

Ivy Leedy puts some zing on the pitch.

Lily Leedy gets down with her bad self, beating the throw to third and working on her yoga poses at the same time.

Home-made pizza was waiting at home, but camera clicker extraordinaire John Fisken put in some work first.

The ever-wandering paparazzi didn’t stay for the entire four-hour-plus Coupeville High School JV softball doubleheader Thursday, but he made it well past the halfway point.

That proved to be enough time to snap a ton of snazzy pics, some of which can be seen above.

To peruse everything he shot, and possibly purchase some glossies for the mantle, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Softball-2018-2019/SB-2019-05-02-JV-vs-Burlington-Edison/

And remember, a percentage of all sales goes to fund scholarships for CHS senior student/athletes.

The rest goes for quality pizza toppings, so that’s good, as well.

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Marenna Rebischke-Smith walked four times in a doubleheader Thursday, as the Coupeville JV softball team closed its season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was a lot … of everything.

The Coupeville High School JV softball team capped its season Thursday with a home doubleheader against 2A Burlington-Edison, and you would have gotten a lot for your money, if you had been made to purchase a ticket.

By the time the teams were done, four hours and three minutes had passed, with the first pitch coming at 3:56 PM in partial sunshine, and the ump finally calling things a tick or two before 8 PM.

Along the way, the teams played to an 18-18 tie in game one, before Burlington pulled out a 15-12 win in the nightcap, though only three innings were played, so it’s your call if you want to consider it official.

And a tie?!? This ain’t soccer.

Anyways, if we take it as a tie and a loss, Coupeville’s JV closes its season at 3-7-1.

The wins came against 3A Oak Harbor, 2A Lakewood, and Concrete’s varsity team.

But back to the numbers from Thursday for a second, where 24 hitters combined for 63 runs, with 21 hits and … 61(!!) walks.

The only thing keeping us from still being out there on the prairie, flashlights pointed at the field?

The five runs per inning rule used at the JV level, which was reached in 11 of the 16 frames played.

 

Game 1:

Mckenna Somes had the hottest bat of any Wolf, rapping out five of her team’s 12 base-knocks on the day, and three of those came in the opener as she blasted a double and a pair of singles.

Coupeville pitcher Kylie Van Velkinburgh added two singles, while catcher Audrianna Shaw played the long-ball game, belting both a double and a triple.

The Wolves used 11 batters and 10 of them eked out at least one walk, with Lily Leedy, Amanda Thomas, and Morgan Stevens leading the way with three free passes apiece.

After a bit of a slow start — CHS found itself down 12-3 at the game’s halfway point — the Wolves got clicking, throwing down five runs in each of the third, fourth, and fifth innings.

In the third, it was a merry mix of walks, steals, wild pitches, and passed balls, while in the fourth Coupeville mixed in some timely hits.

Somes scampered to first on an artfully-dropped bunt single, Shaw unloaded on a long three-bagger, and Van Velkinburgh punched an RBI single, before coming around to slide under the tag and score on a bang-bang play at the plate on a passed ball.

Still trailing 17-13 with an inning left in a game scheduled for five frames, the Wolf defense clamped down in the top of the fifth.

Coupeville gave up just one run, and that one came on a disputed play, where Wolf shortstop Abby Meyers appeared to make the tag on a runner scooting by, only to have the game’s lone ump rule against her.

Undaunted, the Wolves made their final stand a memorable one, scoring the maximum five runs in the bottom half of the fifth to knot things at 18-18.

Chloe Wheeler plated a run with an RBI ground-out, Somes absolutely smoked an RBI double down the third-base line, and then our old friends – walks, passed balls, and wild pitches – helped out.

Burlington had a chance to hold on to the win, and was just an out away, but Shaw took off from third on a passed ball and beat the throw back to the pitcher by a razor-thin margin.

It was a great comeback, though the decision not to play extra innings put a slight damper on things.

But, we were already pushing the two-and-a-half-hour-mark, and there was a second game on the docket, so, it is what it is.

 

Game 2:

After a brief break, the teams went back to their walk-fest, with Burlington scoring five runs in each of their three innings.

Coupeville matched the visitors in the second and third, but a two-run first inning proved to be fatal when everyone ran out of a reasonable amount of daylight.

Somes was right back at it, spanking another pair of singles, while Ivy Leedy, Stevens, and Lily Leedy all added base-knocks, with the last of that trio clubbing a resounding double.

Heidi Meyers opened the nightcap by making a sensational running snag on a quickly dropping ball right in front of second base, matching an equally eye-popping catch made by lil’ sister Abby in the opening game.

With almost all of Coupeville’s runs coming via passed balls or wild pitches, the biggest offensive highlights in game two were a couple of well-executed slides into home.

Ivy Leedy and Marenna Rebischke-Smith had the best, at least in terms of style points, but the entire Wolf lineup hit the dirt in solid style throughout the afternoon.

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Heidi Meyers walked, scored, and played strong defense Monday, as Coupeville’s JV softball squad battled through a close game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was a brawl.

In a game in which the home plate ump took a wicked shot to the fingers, a fouled-off softball smashing his hand and (eventually) ballooning it out three times the normal size, Coupeville and Cedar Park’s JV softball teams went toe-to-toe.

Thanks to a strong defensive stand at the end Monday, the host Eagles escaped with a 12-10 win, sweeping the season series from their rivals.

Of five North Sound Conference schools playing softball this spring, CPC and CHS were the only two to field JV teams.

Cedar Park improves to 4-0 with the win, while the loss drops the young Wolves to 3-6.

Coupeville’s JV closes its season Thursday, when it hosts Burlington-Edison (2-10) for a 4 PM doubleheader.

Monday’s battle featured five lead changes, and a bevy of big blows, with Abby Meyers crunching a double and triple and Audrianna Shaw smoking a three-bagger of her own.

Both of Coupeville’s runs in the top of the first came without a single base-knock, however, as walks to Meyers, Kylie Van Velkinburgh, and Marenna Rebischke-Smith, conspired with a CPC error to get things started.

While the Eagles plated five in the bottom of the first, the Wolves immediately grabbed the lead back with five of their own in the second.

The rally started with back-to-back walks from Morgan Stevens and Amanda Thomas, with Stevens being plunked by a wayward pitch, before Meyers rifled a two-run triple.

It was almost an inside-the-park home run, but the Wolf shortstop missed first base by an inch or two and had to whirl back and tap her foot on the bag before heading off pell-mell around the bases.

A passed ball brought Meyers in, Mckenna Somes walked to keep things alive, and then it was Shaw’s turn to get medieval on the ball, slamming her own rainbow shot to the wall.

Van Velkinburgh connected on the first of her two RBI-producing ground-outs, both of which scored Shaw, to bring Coupeville to the JV-maximum five runs for the inning, and the game was truly on.

From there, both teams traded body blows.

CPC tied the game at 7-7, Abby Meyers crunched an RBI double to push Coupeville back in front by one, but then the host Eagles swung things with a five-run bottom of the third.

Needing four runs to stay alive in the top of the fourth — the final inning the JV teams were set to play — the Wolves got halfway there before their final rally died along with the sinking sun.

Walks to Heidi Meyers and Rebischke-Smith were crucial, while Shaw’s second hit of the day, a madly-spinning RBI single, did some damage before the Wolves hit their limit on outs.

Coupeville put 14 runners aboard in the game, with Abby Meyers and Shaw collecting two hits apiece.

The 10 walks accrued by the Wolves were led by two each from Thomas and Rebischke-Smith, while Ivy Leedy walked and scored at the plate, then struck out two Eagles while flinging heat from the pitcher’s circle.

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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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