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Heidi Meyers bashed a two-run single Friday, part of a 16-hit, 20-run Coupeville attack. (Jackie Saia photos)

The Big Red (and Black) Machine keeps rolling.

Swinging sizzlin’ bats from the top of the lineup to the bottom, the Coupeville High School softball squad cruised to a 20-5 win Friday afternoon on Friday Harbor.

The victory lifts the Northwest 2B/1B League champ Wolves to a pristine 10-0 headed into their season finale Saturday at La Conner.

Facing off with Friday Harbor, which was the big dog in the NWL before Coupeville arrived this season, CHS went bonkers, running out to a 19-0 lead before taking its collective foot off the gas pedal.

“Everyone was on fire with the bat and we had several long innings,” said Coupeville coach Kevin McGranahan. “We played spoiler on their Senior Night with a lot of extra-base hits, and everyone played and contributed.”

The fireworks were loud and sustained, as the Wolves combined to rap out 16 hits, including four doubles.

On the day, 10 of 12 players reached base, with nine notching at least one base-knock as they methodically shattered Friday Harbor’s pitching staff.

The game was actually close for a hot second, as the two squads exchanged scoreless first innings, each getting a runner aboard but unable to bring them around.

It looked like that might hold in the top of the second as well, but a bit of luck (at least for Coupeville) cracked things open.

With runners at the corners and two out, Jill Prince slapped a grounder towards third base, then lit out for first.

Rushing to make the play and end the inning, Friday Harbor’s third-baseman uncorked a less-than-successful throw, allowing Prince to reach base safely, while Bella Whalen crashed home with the game’s first run.

Given new life, Coupeville tacked on three more runs in the inning, courtesy an RBI single to left from Coral Caveness and a two-run single to center off the bat of Chelsea Prescott.

With Izzy Wells firing BB’s from the pitcher’s circle, the Wolves held Friday Harbor down, then brought out the really big bats, torching Friday Harbor for 15 runs over the next two innings.

Kylie Van Velkinburgh smoked a two-run double as the Wolves won 20-5.

The Wolves sent 15 batters to the plate in the third, scoring nine of them in a variety of ways.

The first two came home on a gorgeous two-run double to deep left from Kylie Van Velkinburgh, then Audrianna Shaw and Caveness plated two more with bases-loaded walks.

The latter of those two free passes was more painful than the first, as Caveness, making a run for Nicole Laxton’s (unofficial) CHS softball record for being plunked, got drilled for the 3,523rd time this season.

Giggling, yet wincing, as she ambled down to first, the Wolf senior drew a round of applause from her teammates, and fans watching long-distance thanks to internet streaming.

Even after getting drilled by yet another pitch, Coral Caveness can smile (under her mask) about being 10-0.

A couple of Friday Harbor wild pitches and a dropped third strike helped pad the lead, which was 13-0 and growing by the end of the inning.

Wanting to toss a little defensive heat into what was largely an offensive extravaganza, Wells promptly got fancy, picking a runner off second in the bottom half of the third.

Whirling and firing a laser, she teamed up with Prescott as the Wolf shortstop went creepin’ behind the runner.

Then it was back to the big bopper show, with Wells lashing a two-run double and Shaw smashing an RBI two-bagger.

In between, senior Heidi Meyers strolled to the plate as a pinch-hitter and promptly laced a two-run single — a fiery shot which singed uniforms as it sailed between defenders.

Friday Harbor’s seniors fought hard, even down 19-0, and put together a couple of short rallies to pick up three runs in the fourth and a final two in the bottom of the fifth.

Coupeville’s final run, cracking the 20-run mark, was Prescott scrambling home in front of a booming Bailey double which left her bat like a circus performer flying out of a cannon.

On the afternoon, Wells finished with five strikeouts from the pitcher’s circle, and a team-high three hits at the plate.

Caveness tied her pitcher, drilling three singles to go with her painful walk, while Bailey (1B, 2B), Van Velkinburgh (2B, 1B), Prescott (1B, 1B), Shaw (2B), Gwen Gustafson (1B), Whalen (1B), and Meyers (1B) all had hits.

The Wolves also walked 10 times, with Gustafson (3) and Shaw (2) leading the way.

Rounding out the roster were the Battlin’ Lucero Twins, Allie and Maya, who both saw time in the field and at bat.

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Wolf softball coach Kevin McGranahan is back in his happy place. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Zane Oldenstadt goes low to make a snag.

“Wait … the humans are back?”

Kylie Van Velkinburgh keeps both eyes on the ball.

Daniel Olson brings the high, hard cheddar.

A meeting of the minds.

Hoops sensation Maddie Georges and mom Suzan freeze along with the rest of us.

Sage Sharp dares you to run.

It was a busy day on the ol’ prairie.

Playing for the first time since 2019, the Coupeville High School baseball and softball squads officially ended their pandemic shutdown Saturday with games against visiting Friday Harbor.

Working both sides of the street, wanderin’ photo whiz kid John Fisken snapped the pics you see above.

To thumb through a lot more, and possibly buy some glossies for grandma, pop over to:

BB 2021-03-06 vs Friday Harbor – John’s Photos

SB 2021-03-06 vs Friday Harbor – John’s Photos

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Carolyn Lhamon slices to the hoop during a recent basketball practice. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Wolf freshman Brionna Blouin works on her volleyball skills.

Mano a mano, hardwood-style.

Abby Mulholland hones her shooting touch.

Chelsea Prescott gets down to snag a sizzlin’ grounder.

Brian Casey gets stretched out.

Katie Marti slides in to make the play.

Quinten Simpson-Pilgrim flies up-court.

Kylie Van Velkinburgh snaps a throw across the infield.

No games, but plenty of action.

While the ongoing pandemic prevents Washington state schools from playing competitions, Coupeville High School athletes continue to take part in off-season workouts.

The pics above, shot at a number of practices, come to us courtesy local photo clicker John Fisken.

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Kylie Van Velkinburgh (with a little help from Tupac) keeps things locked down at first base. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Heidi Meyers snuffs out a potential base hit.

Wolf coach Kevin McGranahan gets his swing on.

Jill Prince tracks an incoming throw.

Chelsea Prescott prepares to unleash a laser.

“Get in my glove, ball.”

Izzy Wells hauls in a long bomb.

“Try and run, fool, I dare you!”

The girls of spring are playing this fall.

Sort of.

While there won’t be any games, in any sport, for some time thanks to an ongoing pandemic, Coupeville athletes are being allowed to participate in practices right now.

Staying off to the side at a reasonable distance, intrepid photographer John Fisken visited a recent Wolf softball event, where he snapped the pics seen above.


To see everything he shot, pop over to:


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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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