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   Katrina McGranahan, the reigning Olympic League MVP, was a two-way terror Friday as Coupeville smacked Klahowya and clinched its first league title in 16 years. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

“What a day for Wolf fast-pitch!”

Coupeville High School softball coach Kevin McGranahan was beaming from ear to ear Friday afternoon, and why not?

He had just watched his Wolves torch visiting Klahowya 9-4, their fifth-straight win over the Eagles in the last two seasons.

With the win, Coupeville improves to 9-3 overall, 2-0 in Olympic League play and clinches the program’s first conference title since the vaunted 2002 Wolves, who went on to finish third at state.

With Chimacum and Port Townsend shutting down their softball teams for a season due to lack of players, the Olympic League became a two-team rumble this season.

After nabbing wins in the first two games of a three-game season series (the finale is Apr. 30 at Klahowya), Coupeville has clinched a title and the #1 playoff seed from the Olympic League.

The Wolves open the double-elimination portion of the West Central District 3 tourney May 18 against the #2 team from the Nisqually League.

Win two out of three games, and CHS softball is state-bound for the third time in its history and the first time since 2014.

Klahowya will have to survive a loser-out pigtail playoff game May 15 against the Nisqually League’s #3 team to join Coupeville in the double-elimination round.

While the Eagles had sat for nearly a month between games thanks to rain and scheduling issues, the Wolves have been playing at a steady clip, including a big win Thursday afternoon at La Conner.

That quickly showed.

“These ladies went out and took control and would not be denied,” Kevin McGranahan said. “They hit from the first batter on and everyone contributed in one way or another.

“League champs and half a season to prep for the postseason,” he added. “I am so proud for all the girls, but the seniors have fought from being less than mediocre to being dominant and doing it as a team and involving everyone.”

While senior spark-plug Lauren Rose was missing, gone to a college trip in Arizona, her compatriots, center-fielder Hope Lodell and pitcher Katrina McGranahan, came up huge in the spotlight.

The duo combined to rap five hits at the plate, while McGranahan carried a shut-out into the fifth and won her duel with Klahowya’s D1-bound hurler Amber Bumbalough.

Lodell, when she wasn’t slicing hits and running wild on the bags, also anchored a strong Wolf defense, vacuuming up anything that came her way in the outfield.

The tone of the game was set in the first inning, as both teams sent five hitters to the plate, but only one scored.

Klahowya put a pair of runners aboard in the top half, including the first of two intentional walks to Bumbalough, as Wolf coaches never gave the homer-happy Eagle standout a chance to get hot early at the plate.

The Eagles couldn’t do anything with the opportunity, however, as Katrina McGranahan punched out back-to-back hitters, giving her three K’s in the inning, to strand runners at second and third.

The reigning Olympic League MVP (she succeeded two-time winner Bumbalough last season) immediately made her impact felt with the bat, as well.

With Scout Smith perched on third after a mammoth lead-off double to center and a passed ball, Killer Kat whacked an RBI single back up the middle.

While Coupeville couldn’t get any more runs across in the inning, it signaled that the Wolves, who collected 12 hits on the day, were grooving on what Klahowya pitching was offering.

From there the Wolves steadily pulled away, plating two in the second, blowing things open with four in the third, then adding a solitary run in the fourth as they built an 8-0 lead.

The second inning was kicked off by a walk to Veronica Crownover, followed by three solid base-knocks from the next four Wolf hitters.

Lodell sliced a shot to left field, curling it just inside the line, while Emma Mathusek and Smith poked back-to-back RBI singles to put a zing in the step of every Wolf fan.

The third inning was the killer, starting with a stand-up triple to the deepest, darkest regions of right field from clean-up hitter Sarah Wright.

After the Wolf catcher bolted home to score on a passed ball, the Wolves went right back to work with their bats.

Crownover and Lodell singled, Mackenzie Davis hit a hard chopper and used an unexpected burst of speed to force a Klahowya error, then it was “Mathusek Time” again.

The sophomore sensation, coming up mega-big time from the #9 slot, laced a two-run single to right and the Coupeville faithful erupted like Old Faithful going off.

Katrina McGranahan was back at it again in the fourth, walloping a triple of her own, then scooting home on a ground-out off of Wright’s bat.

The Eagles finally broke through in the fifth, plating two runners, but Coupeville’s defense, led by freshman second-baseman Coral Caveness, shut things down quickly.

With Rose out of town, Caveness got her second-straight start and was in full lock-down mode, fielding pop-ups, snagging liners and pulling off the web gem of the day.

That play came in the top of the seventh, after a Crownover RBI single stretched the lead back to 9-2.

KSS used a double and a note-perfect bunt single to put runners at the corners, briefly lighting a flicker of hope in its dugout.

Which Caveness promptly snuffed right out, pulling off one of the sweeter double plays we will see all season.

Snagging a liner on the move, she whirled and cut down the runner who had strayed off of first, driving a nearly-final stake through the heart of the Eagles.

With a seven-run lead and one out away from a league title, Kevin McGranahan went against the odds and gave Bumbalough a shot to swing away in her final at-bat in her final visit to Cow Town.

And while she hammered a two-run, inside-the-park home run to say goodbye, the Wolves ended the game on the next batter, ensuring no one will dwell too long on the tater.

The final ball was a chopper to third, where fab frosh Chelsea Prescott, who likely wasn’t alive in 2002, gathered the ball in and calmly fired it on a line to Crownover, who stamped on first and made a bit of prairie history.

Katrina McGranahan (1B, 1B, 3B) paced the Wolf offense, while Smith (1B, 2B), Crownover (1B, 1B), Lodell (1B, 1B), Mathusek (1b, 1B) and Wright (3B) helped out.

“A huge team win. Everyone has chipped in, up and down the line, in this game and through the season,” Kevin McGranahan said. “This is what we strove for. (Winning a title) feels good; they earned it.

“I couldn’t be more proud of every young lady wearing a Wolf fast-pitch uniform, varsity or JV; it takes everyone to do this.”

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   Shane Losey scampered home with the winning run Friday, scoring on a hit from cousin Julian Welling, as Coupeville baseball won for the sixth time in its last seven games. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

An offensive showcase it was not.

Which didn’t matter in the least to Coupeville High School baseball fans.

The Wolves didn’t get many hits Friday against visiting Klahowya, but they got them when it mattered.

Toss in a typically superb performance from senior hurler Hunter Smith, and CHS heads to the weekend on yet another high note.

Knocking off the Eagles 3-1, thanks to timely RBI base-knocks from bashers Kyle Rockwell and Julian Welling, the Wolves improve to 9-4 on the season.

More importantly, Coupeville is 3-1 in Olympic League play, setting up a first-place showdown Monday with Chimacum (4-0).

That home game kicks off at 4 PM.

Port Townsend (1-3), which recently snapped a three-year losing streak, sits in third, while Klahowya, the defending league champ, is in free-fall at 1-5.

Friday’s tilt was a pitcher’s duel from start to finish and Coupeville had the better chucker.

Smith rolled to 5-1 on the season with an 11-strikeout, two-hits, no-walks gem.

After retiring the first 10 Eagle hitters, he gave up back-to-back singles, which momentarily let KSS knot the game at 1-1.

Bouncing back quickly, Smith promptly erased the next 11 guys to step to the plate, ending the game on a true high note.

Coupeville had struck first, scratching out a run in the bottom of the second inning.

Jake Hoagland walked with one out, then stole second and third.

Perched on third, he said a silent prayer and Rockwell answered, smoking an RBI single to open the scoring.

After Klahowya ground out its run, the two teams exchanged goose eggs until the bottom of the fifth, when Welling, the human RBI machine, once again rose to the status of hero.

Gavin Knoblich eked out a walk to open things, then swapped spots with pinch-runner Shane Losey, who was ankling to run wild.

The Wolf young gun got his chance after Smith also walked to put two on with two out.

Welling, who has been torrid with the bat in pressure situations this season, smashed a two-run double to effectively end the game with one swing.

In a neat little small-town twist, the game-winning hit was struck by one cousin, and the game-winning run scored by another.

Losey’s dad and Welling’s mom are kin.

After that it was all up to Smith, with a little help from his defense (Jake Pease had a superb catch in the outfield in the early going), as the Wolves strolled home with their sixth win in their last seven games.

Joey Lippo joined Rockwell and Welling in the ultra-exclusive hit club, poking a single and stealing a bag before being stranded in the third.

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   After playing singles all season, Wolf senior Claire Mietus teamed with Tia Wurzrainer Tuesday to win at #2 doubles. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

No, it will never, ever stop raining this spring.

That point was driven home yet again Tuesday, as the Coupeville High School girls tennis squad traveled to Silverdale, got on the court, but then couldn’t finish its match.

A key 1A Olympic League tilt, it ground to a halt with four of seven varsity matches in the book and things tied 2-2.

Of the three remaining matches yet to be finished, CHS trailed at #2 singles, led at #3 doubles and was just starting #4 doubles.

The match will be completed Apr. 26 when Coupeville returns to Silverdale for the third and final match of the season with the Eagles.

For the moment, the Wolves (2-0 in league play, 3-5 overall) hold a game-and-a-half lead on Klahowya (0-1, 1-5) and Chimacum (0-1, 1-6) in the league standings as they chase a fourth-straight conference title.

Coupeville is scheduled to host Friday Harbor Wednesday (3:30 PM) in a non-conference match.

The biggest surprise? The weather forecast for Central Whidbey is for 56 degrees and … NO RAIN.

I’ll believe it when I see it…

 

Semi-complete Tuesday results:

Varsity:

1st Singles — Heather Nastali lost to Hailey Sargent 6-0, 6-0

2nd Singles — Nanci Melendrez trails Maddy Rienks 5-7, 6-4, 5-1

3rd Singles — Megan Behan lost to Anna Wells 6-2, 6-0

1st Doubles — Payton Aparicio/Sage Renninger beat Taylor Bruce/Marianne Maker 6-3, 7-5

2nd Doubles — Claire Mietus/Tia Wurzrainer beat Kelisha Harris/Kristin Powell 6-4, 7-6(7-1)

3rd Doubles — Jillian Mayne/Zara Bradley lead Emma Heckert/Mia Brill 2-0

4th Doubles — Maggie Crimmins/Genna Wright facing Rachelle Adams/Angelina Robinson (deuce in first game)

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   Axel Partida and Coupeville soccer came dangerously close Monday to shattering Klahowya’s four-year unbeaten streak in 1A Olympic League play. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Admit it, few saw this coming.

Playing on the road Monday, the Coupeville High School boys soccer team came within a deflected ball here or there of pulling off one of the biggest upsets in 1A Olympic League history.

Getting a pair of goals from sophomore Derek Leyva, the Wolves pushed Klahowya to the very end in a 3-2 thriller, narrowly missing a chance to shatter the Eagles four-year unbeaten streak in conference action.

With the escape, KSS (5-0 in league, 8-2-1 overall) cements its lead in the standings, going two games up on Coupeville (3-2, 4-5-2) with four to play.

The two schools play again in two weeks, when the Eagles visit Whidbey for the regular-season finale.

That Apr. 30 game will be Senior Night for the Wolves.

Between now and then, the CHS boys, who have never finished higher than third in the Olympic League, will play Port Townsend (1-3) twice and Chimacum (0-4) once.

If they replicate Monday’s effort, the Wolves will massacre the RedHawks and Cowboys.

With his two goals, Derek Leyva pushed his season total to 18, pulling him within two of cousin Abraham Leyva’s single-season Wolf boys mark of 20 scores.

He scored in each half, twice knotting the game up.

Klahowya could never get its lead above one goal, but did manage to slip in a final score late in the game to avoid overtime.

Wolf senior defender Hunter Downes praised his teammates across the board for their play.

“(Goalie) Dewitt (Cole) had a pretty nice game with some good saves, Derek did his usual thing, Will (Nelson) had a good game,” Downes said. “Basically, everyone played well.”

Hitting the back of the net twice against the Eagles is a major step for CHS, as the Wolves had only scored twice in eight previous games against Klahowya.

Coupeville had been shut-out six times, including a 5-0 loss earlier this season, and entered Monday having been outscored 38-2 all-time by KSS.

Klahowya had only surrendered six goals in 10 games this season, with six shutouts.

The Wolves join soccer powers Kingston and University Prep as the only teams to notch two goals this year against the Eagles.

Also, Monday’s game was the first time a 1A Olympic League rival came within a single goal of Klahowya.

The Eagles, who’ve been to state two of the past three years, carried in a 25-0 record in conference games.

KSS had gone 6-0, 6-0 and 9-0 in the first three seasons (2015-2017) of the league, before running off four straight shutout wins this seasons.

In those 25 games Klahowya outscored its three “rivals” 136-8, with only three games being decided by as few as two goals.

Coupeville had never come closer than three scores in any previous match-up with the Eagles.

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   Gavin Straub had a pair of singles Thursday as Coupeville’s JV baseball squad battled Klahowya to the final at-bat. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was a nail-biter. A barn-burner. A gut-wrencher.

Pick your superlatives, but the Coupeville and Klahowya JV baseball squads put together an audience-pleaser Thursday, even if, ultimately, only the Eagle fans went home truly satisfied.

Rallying from four runs down, then scoring the winner in the seventh, Klahowya edged the Wolves 7-6 on a rain-free Whidbey diamond.

The loss drops the Coupeville JV to 1-4 on the season.

For much of the afternoon, the Wolves looked to be in control.

Starting pitcher Daniel Olson was humming on the mound, holding Klahowya to just two hits and a single run through five innings.

During that time, the Wolf hitters racked up seven hits of their own and built what seemed like a comfortable 5-1 lead.

Coupeville got things started in the second, using singles from Gavin Straub and Johnny Carlson to plate the first run.

Unfortunately, the Wolves left two aboard in the inning, a small mistake which would come back to haunt them later in the game.

CHS added two runs apiece in the third and fifth, starting both rallies in the same way, with back-to-back one-out singles from Jered Brown and Olson.

In the third, both runners scampered home when Klahowya booted Shane Losey’s grounder, while in the fifth, the Wolves picked up tallies on an RBI ground-out by Mason Grove and a run-scoring double from Losey.

Things took a major change in the sixth, however, when the Eagles finally put together their first sustained rally.

Piling up three singles  around two Wolf errors and a hit batter, KSS plated five to roar all the way back into the lead, pushing dark clouds over the Coupeville dugout.

The Wolves had an immediate response, knotting the game back up at 6-6 in the bottom of the sixth, thanks to a timely two-out base-knock.

It came courtesy James Vidoni, whose single scored Ulrik Wells, essentially re-starting the game.

Klahowya was not to be denied, though, as it scratched out what proved to be the game-winner in the top of the seventh.

The Eagles got the most important run of the game without a single hit, using three walks and an error to send their seventh runner across the plate.

Coupeville kept the bleeding at a minimum thanks to nailing a different KSS runner at the plate on a throw from Losey to Grove.

The Wolves had a chance to send the game to extra innings, but, after walking to open the bottom of the seventh, Olson was stranded as the next three hitters went down.

Straub, Brown and Olson paced the Coupeville attack with two hits apiece, while Losey, Carlson and Vidoni each added a base-knock of their own.

CHS hurlers Olson, Brown and Carlson combined to whiff eight Eagles on the afternoon.

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