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Maya Nottingham picks up some hitting tips. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The bats were so hot they almost melted down.

Getting contributions from everyone in the lineup Saturday, the Coupeville High School JV softball team closed its season in style.

Playing at a tournament in Blaine, Katrina McGranahan’s squad tore the cover off the ball, smashing 23 hits en route to sending 28 batters home to score in a cut-down doubleheader.

With a win over Ferndale and a tie against the tourney hosts, Coupeville’s JV finishes 6-2-1.

The only thing slowing the Wolves down was having to play “JV rules,” with a five-run limit per inning, and a 90-minute cap on games, regardless of what the score might be.

“Today was a beautiful day for a game or two and the girls did a great job with coming ready to play,” McGranahan said. “Never know what you’re going to get with a long bus ride.

“Everyone hit the ball at some point and when I say hit I mean crushed the ball.”

The Wolf coach, who ripped many an extra-base hit in her own playing days, watched in satisfaction as her sluggers launched three home runs, smacked five triples, and bopped three doubles.

Melanie Navarro delivered four of those big base-knocks, including sending two of her team’s three home runs flying far, far away.

Mel had a heck of a day,” McGranahan said. “We couldn’t slow her down!”

Melanie Navarro gets savage.

Allie Lucero joined Navarro in mashing a longball, while Mia Farris led the Wolves with seven hits across the two games.

While the extra-base hits grab the spotlight, Coupeville also proved to be masters of small ball.

“We discovered a new bunting machine,” McGranahan said. “Maya Nottingham did an amazing job, and once I saw she can bunt, let me tell you, I bunted her a lot.”

Farris prowled the pitcher’s circle in the opener against Ferndale, while siblings Allie and Maya Lucero were a nimble tag-team chucking the ball against Blaine.

Mia did a great job in the circle today,” McGranahan said. “She really held her own and I enjoyed watching her work through the game and powering through.”

Mia Farris, a terror in the field and at the plate.

The doubleheader also saw Katie Marti slide behind the plate to catch for the first time this season.

While she doesn’t normally wear the mask and gear, the talented freshman had an immediate impact.

“All season I’ve had Katie play third base and hardly practiced her at catcher, but she did alright!” McGranahan said.

“Even got a girl out on a throw down to second!”

Also proving superb on defense was fellow fab frosh Jada Heaton, who was patrolling center field for the Wolves.

Jada got an amazing catch!” McGranahan said. “We all thought she wasn’t going to get it, but she happened to lay her glove down on the ground at the last minute to scoop up a dying line drive!

“It was a great play and her facial expressions were awesome!”

While the JV has no more games, the players will stay in action to scrimmage with the varsity as it waits out an 18-day gap between the end of the regular season and the start of the playoffs.


Saturday stats:

Edie Bittner — 1 double, 2 walks
Teagan Calkins — 1 single, 3 walks
Mia Farris — 5 singles, 2 triples, 1 walk
Jada Heaton — 1 walk
Violette Huegerich — 3 walks
Allie Lucero — 1 home run, 1 walk
Maya Lucero — 1 single, 1 double, 1 triple
Katie Marti — 2 singles, 2 walks
Candace Meek — 1 single
Melanie Navarro — 1 double, 1 triple, 2 home runs
Maya Nottingham — 3 singles, 2 walks

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Chloe Marzocca leads off a collection of CHS softball portraits. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Never too late for portrait day.

The Coupeville High School JV softball squad wraps its season this Saturday with games at Blaine, but first, photos!

Edie Bittner

Camryn Clark

Alondra Cruz

The squad hangs out with coach Katrina McGranahan.

Jada Heaton

Maya Nottingham

Candace Meek

Katie Marti

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Maya Nottingham taps home. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolf sluggers enjoy their Saturday. (Photo courtesy Kevin McGranahan)

“I’m very proud of these girls.”

Facing off with host Olympic High School, a larger 2A program, the Coupeville JV softball squad came up short on the scoreboard Saturday, but not in the eyes of their coach.

“It was a great learning experience for the girls,” said Katrina McGranahan.

“We played a real game today. No time limit and no five-run innings. We played until we got three outs.

“That’s how they learn the game and that’s how they get mentally tough.”

Olympic is a quality team, going 17 deep on the JV side, with most of its starting lineup comprised of players who swing between varsity and JV.

The Trojans can hit, and they smacked the ball around the field in a 25-10 win, but the upside for the Wolves goes far beyond one defeat in the record book.

“Yes, we lost, but we played a solid team, probably the best team we’ve seen so far,” McGranahan said. “Now we know exactly where we need to work in order to better ourselves.”

Coupeville’s JV, which drops to a still impressive 5-2 on the season, is scheduled to play two games at Blaine May 7 in its season finale.

Saturday’s game also gave the young Wolves their first crack at playing on turf this season.

“We have never done so before and it showed,” McGranahan said. “The girls played their best though, and that’s all we can ever ask of them.

Chloe Marzocca and Mia Farris handled pitching duties early, as usual, and then the Wolves tried something new, with Taylor Brotemarkle entering the circle for the first time as a high school player.

Normally the starting shortstop for the CHS varsity, the freshman made an impressive debut in a new role.

“I decided to put Taylor in to pitch cause why not at that point, right?” said McGranahan. “Saw her warming up the other day, so might as well see her in the game and guess what she did.

“AMAZING. We were all joking with her, and she was joking about it too, but it turns out she has some potential there.

“Interesting, very interesting.”

McGranahan also praised the play of Maya Nottingham, who showcased a slick glove on the turf.

“She played great at second base! I was so proud of her,” McGranahan said.

“She had this one play where the ball was hit up the middle and I didn’t think she’d get to it, but she snagged it with a back hand and slapped a tag on the runner for the out!

“I was in awe of that play.”


Saturday stats:

Teagan Calkins — 1 double
Mia Farris — 1 single, 1 double
Jada Heaton — 1 single
Violette Huegerich — 1 walk
Katie Marti — 1 double, 1 walk
Chloe Marzocca — 1 walk
Melanie Navarro — 1 single, 1 walk
Maya Nottingham — 1 walk

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Wolf leadoff hitter Landon Roberts, who had two hits Saturday, lets coach/dad Jon Roberts get a photo op. (Sherry Bonacci photo)

The score doesn’t tell the whole story.

While the Coupeville High School JV baseball squad fell 8-6 at Mount Vernon Saturday, the very-young Wolves have taken great leaps and bounds since the two teams clashed earlier this season.

Repping a 2B school, and facing a large 3A program, CHS started multiple 8th graders and yet hung with the big boys all afternoon.

“We played a far better game this time, and it shows the improvement my boys have made in just a little over two weeks,” said Wolf coach Jon Roberts.

“I’ve said it before, and I’ll continue to say, the future of Coupeville baseball is in good hands!”

The first time the schools met in JV action, Mount Vernon claimed a 13-1 win.

This time around, with Aiden O’Neill, Landon Roberts, and Jack Porter sharing time on the mound, Coupeville, now 3-5-1 on the season, stifled the Bulldogs for quite some time.

The hosts pushed across a single run in each of the first, third, and fourth innings, then Coupeville struck back in the top of the sixth to claim the lead.

The Wolves had placed runners aboard in three of the first five innings but couldn’t get that one big hit to crack the seal on the scoreboard.

In the sixth, though, it finally happened.

Coop Cooper led off the frame by getting plunked by a wayward pitch, and that lit a fire under Coupeville.

An RBI single from Cole White plated one run, before Porter lashed a two-run triple to knot the game up at 3-3.

The Wolves weren’t finished, though, as Seth Woollet brought Porter in to score with a well-placed grounder, pushing Coupeville in front.

Mount Vernon rebounded in the bottom half of the sixth, scoring five runs with two outs, but Coupeville went down fighting in the final frame.

Kai Wong walked to kick things off, followed by Cooper and Landon Roberts smacking back-to-back singles.

An RBI groundout from White got Coupeville back within 8-6 before the Bulldogs finally escaped with a hard-fought victory.

Wolf hurlers O’Neill and Roberts finished the game with three strikeouts apiece.


Saturday stats:

Coop Cooper — 1 single, 1 walk
Aiden O’Neill — 1 single
Jack Porter — 1 triple
Johnny Porter — 1 single
Landon Roberts — 2 singles, 1 walk
Cole White — 1 single, 1 walk
Kai Wong — 1 walk

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Landon Roberts and Coupeville JV baseball played to a 6-6 tie Thursday in Langley. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Well, that was unexpected.

Thursday’s JV baseball game between Coupeville High School and host South Whidbey started with an offensive bang, turned into a pitcher’s duel, then closed with another burst of runs.

Which all resulted in a … tie?

It’s true, as the Wolves and Falcons settled their 6-6 stalemate by calling it a day and not battling any longer into the fading sunshine.

Instead, the teams came away happy with getting to play a full seven frames — especially on a day when they followed the varsity in action — instead of a cut-down four or five inning affair.

With the tie Coupeville sits at 3-4-1 on the season, with a road trip to Mount Vernon this Saturday next up on the schedule.

Thursday’s royal rumble got started with an explosion of runs, as the Wolves slapped three runs on the board in the top of the first, only to have the Falcons respond with four of their own in the bottom half of the frame.

The opening Wolf rally was sparked by base-knocks from Aiden O’Neill, Seth Woollet, Chase Anderson, and Camden Glover.

With three of those four being only 8th graders, Coupeville’s offensive future is a bright one.

After combining for seven runs in the first inning, the teams only scratched out two more across the next five innings, with both of those coming from the Wolves in the third.

Cole White bopped a single to get things going, with Jack Porter mashing an RBI double to tie the game, and Landon Roberts ripping a run-scoring single to push CHS ahead 5-4.

The Wolves made it 6-4 in the seventh, after O’Neill was plunked, then came around to score when White launched a two-bagger.

Give South Whidbey credit, though, as the host team forced the tie by pushing two runs across in their last at-bats, all without getting a hit.

Two walks, some adventurous base-running, and an unfortunate Coupeville error left the door open just long enough for the stalemate to be forged.

Still, win, loss, or tie, the game showcased Coupeville’s bats, as all 10 players who saw the field collected a hit.


Thursday stats:

Chase Anderson — 1 single
Coop Cooper — 1 single
Camden Glover — 1 single, 1 walk
Cole Hutchinson — 1 double
Aiden O’Neill — 1 single, 1 walk
Jack Porter — 1 single, 1 double
Landon Roberts — 1 single, 1 walk
Cole White — 1 single, 1 double
Kai Wong — 1 single
Seth Woollet — 1 single

Chase Anderson whacks a hit.

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