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Savina Wells tells big sis Izzy where she wants the pitch. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The season is not done.

They’re just putting in a lot of work on the practice field.

The Coupeville High School softball squad last played May 3 and doesn’t get a chance to open the playoffs until May 21, thanks to convoluted reasoning by state officials.

While we wander in the desert without games, the photos above and below will at least give us a reminder of what softball players actually look like in action.

Chloe Marzocca crunches a hit.

Maya Lucero swoops in to deny a rival.

Teagan Calkins keeps her eye(s) on the ball.

Mia Farris soaks in the 1.7 seconds of sun the prairie has seen this spring.

Maya Nottingham fires up the hit machine.

Violette Huegerich scoops up an incoming throw.

Try and test Gwen Gustafson’s arm. She will terminate you.

“Come on! Let’s play, already!!”

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Izzy Wells, seen here on a dry day, whiffed eight batters Wednesday on a cold, wet afternoon. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Can’t slow their roll.

Missing two starters out with illness and buffeted by horrible “spring” weather Wednesday, the Coupeville High School varsity softball squad never flinched.

Instead, the Wolves jumped on visiting Meridian, led from start to (very cold and damp) finish and claimed their tenth-straight win.

Their teeth might have been chattering as they sang their farewell song to a small band of loyal fans who survived the day, but Coupeville’s sluggers came out on top 10-6.

The non-conference win, coming over a very scrappy 1A program, lifts the 2B Wolves to 11-1 on the season.

With games against 3A Oak Harbor and 2A Lakewood set for this Friday and Saturday, respectively, Coupeville is sitting at 5-1 against schools from larger classifications.

Wednesday’s war started with the Wolves missing two of the first three hitters in their normal lineup, as senior Audrianna Shaw and freshman Savina Wells were out sick.

Toss in rain which came down steady for close to three innings, plus a persistent, nasty, bitterly cold breeze which knifed onlookers in the kidneys, and things were a bit jumbled.

But Coupeville had senior hurly Izzy Wells in the pitching circle, and the unflappable one kept Meridian largely at bay while fighting all game to get a grip on very-slick softballs.

She also got some help from her defense, with Gwen Gustafson making a bid for the best catch of the season.

With runners at the corners and two outs in the top of the first, a Meridian batter crushed a long shot to right-center.

Gustafson, moving left to right on the slick grass, went to her knees as she made the catch, cradling the ball to her chest and allowing CHS coach Kevin McGranahan to let loose with a wild yelp.

Sparked by her snag, the Wolves immediately jumped on Meridian, banging out four hits and plating three runners in the bottom half of the opening frame.

Mia Farris opened things by ripping a shot off the Trojan pitcher’s glove, with Madison McMillan and Izzy Wells following with base-knocks of their own.

Proving she’s dangerous and delightful with both bat and glove, Gustafson capped the rally by thumping a two-run double.

In a perfect grace note, the ball landed almost exactly where she had moments earlier made her running, sliding snag.

Coupeville stretched the lead out to 4-0 with a run in the second, thanks to Sofia Peters alertly scrambling to first on a dropped third strike, followed by walks to McKenna Somes, McMillan, and Wells.

With non-stop rain slashing down, the Wolves made a bid to ten-run Meridian, pushing four more runs across in the third, but the Trojans refused to completely crack.

Back-to-back singles from Maya and Allie Lucero, plus a walk to Somes, juiced the bags.

Then, pop-pop, Farris crushed a three-run double down the right field line — the ball skidding on wet grass as it sailed past first base — followed by McMillan cranking a laser the opposite way for an RBI double.

Allie Lucero and twin sister Maya combined for five hits against Meridian.

While the scoreboard was entirely in favor of Coupeville, there was to be no rescue from the weather, however.

The rain slowed down enough it didn’t totally destroy the field, allowing everyone to remain soaked, cold, and still playing as the game ended up going a complete seven innings.

Meridian, a traditional powerhouse enduring a down season, proved resilient and chipped away at Coupeville’s lead, though the Izzinator never let the Trojans fully back in the game.

Battling cold fingers, Wells still cracked off eight strikeouts on the day, peppering Somes‘ catcher’s mitt with some nasty, if damp, fireballs.

The Wolf defense, inspired by Gustafson’s highlight reel catch, handled the slick ball with style, with shortstop Taylor Brotemarkle and first-baseman Allice Lucero making nifty snags.

Coupeville pushed two more runs across, with the Lucero sisters and Sofia Peters coming up with big late-game hits, and a water-streaked scorebook was finally slammed shut.

A non-conference victory over a traditionally tough rival, coming under duress, brought a small smile and a firm nod of approval from the Wolf coach.

“Tough game in very tough weather, but the girls ground it out and showed their heart,” McGranahan said. “This type of win is good for us.”

 

Wednesday stats:

Mia Farris — 2 singles, 1 double
Gwen Gustafson — 1 double
Allie Lucero — 1 single, 1 double
Maya Lucero — 3 singles
Madison McMillan — 1 single, 1 double, 2 walks
Sofia Peters — 1 single
Mckenna Somes — 2 walks
Izzy Wells — 1 single, 1 walk

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Savina Wells perfectly frames a strike. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The bats were boomin’, the catcher’s mitt was poppin’, and the Wolves couldn’t be stopped.

As the Coupeville High School varsity softball squad shredded visiting Darrington Wednesday, wanderin’ photo snapper John Fisken did what he does.

The pics above and below are courtesy him, but there’s more where that came from.

To see everything Fisken shot, and ponder the possibility of buying some glossies for Aunt Josephine in Jakarta, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Softball-/SB-2022-03-30-vs-Darrington/

 

Madison McMillan swoops in to deny a rival hitter.

Gwen Gustafson gets a successful bunt down.

You can see Izzy Wells’ pitches, you just can’t hit ’em.

Allie Lucero stretches to her full height.

Audrianna Shaw brings the thunder.

Taylor Brotemarkle stretches out to haul in a throw.

“Score, score, and score some more. It’s what we do!”

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Sofia Peters helped out the Coupeville JV softball squad Thursday, with the Wolves beating Island rival Oak Harbor. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Melanie Navarro can’t be contained by your puny walls.

Delighting her home fans, the Coupeville High School slugger cleared the fence for the second time this season, cracking a thunderous three-run homerun to spark the Wolf JV to a 12-11 win over visiting Oak Harbor.

The victory lifts the CHS diamond queens to 2-1, with their triumphs coming against 3A and 2A foes.

Not bad for a lil’ 2B school.

Not that either Wolf softball squad, varsity or JV, enters games worrying about the size of the school their opponents come from.

As always, the Coupeville JV went into play with their eyes firmly set on nabbing a win, something coach Katrina McGranahan loves to see.

“Oak Harbor was a great competitor, and it was awesome to play someone who challenges us,” she said. “Without that challenge we wouldn’t know where we need to work.”

The Wolves rang up five runs in the bottom of the first — with 60% of that total coming around to score on Navarro’s tater — and eventually built an 8-2 lead.

Oak Harbor kept chipping away, however, cutting the margin to 8-7 before surging ahead 11-10 heading into the bottom of the fifth, and final, inning.

Coupeville had an answer, pulling out the win thanks to big blows off the bats of Katie Marti and Jada Heaton.

Jada had a beautiful shot to deep right field, maybe about two feet from the foul line,” McGranahan said. “It was a great hit and a hit we definitely needed.”

The Wolves rapped out nine hits off of Oak Harbor pitching, but played a complete game, bringing top effort on both sides of the ball.

“Everyone did an amazing job batting, and I think everyone made it on base or hit the ball at least once,” McGranahan said.

“Offense wasn’t the only place we did great things,” she added. “We also were outstanding on defense.”

Wolf catcher Teagan Calkins, already making an impact as an 8th grader, had “two amazing diving tag outs at home plate, which stopped them from scoring any extra runs,” and second-baseman Maya Nottingham “had a great backhand that was deep in the hole!”

McGranahan also praised the play of newcomers Alondra Cruz and Edie Bittner, who “are brand new to the sport and both of them had balls in play.”

A fastball-flinging ace in her own CHS softball days, the JV coach also appreciates seeing young Wolves like Jada Heaton embrace life in the pitcher’s circle.

Jada is an up-and-coming pitcher,” McGranahan said. “She has been working hard to learn how it’s done and taking it on with a huge smile and a ton of effort.

“Today she had her first game experience as a pitcher, and though it was short lived I think very beneficial for her.

“I’m proud of her and so happy she is willing to learn this difficult position. We will continue to work on it and she will continue to grow and be great.”

Navarro, Heaton, Taylor Brotemarkle, and Marti each collected two hits against the Wildcats, with Mia Farris adding a base-knock to the cause.

“All in all, it was a great game and I love seeing the progress they make,” McGranahan said.

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Freshman Mia Farris whacked a triple Monday, sparking a 15-5 win for Coupeville JV softball. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Not even Mother Nature could slow them down.

Jumping on host Burlington-Edison from the first pitch Monday, the Coupeville High School JV softball team rolled to a 15-5 win in a game shortened to three innings by bad weather.

It was an almost-perfect start to the new season for the Wolf young guns.

“It was a great way for players to see and experience a softball game,” said CHS coach Katrina McGranahan.

“The weather was not great, but they held out and played with their hearts.

“There are definitely some areas that need improvement,” she added. “But I think that’s something all coaches say, and I can’t wait to see where this season goes.”

Freshmen Mia Farris and Chloe Marzocca combined to hold Burlington largely at bay while flinging BB’s from the pitcher’s circle, while 8th grader Teagan Calkins shone brightly with her play at catcher.

Teagan was awesome behind the plate despite how wet and cold it was,” McGranahan said. “After every inning she was covered in mud.

“She had very little passed balls and was dropping like crazy to stop them.”

Wet, cold, but triumphant. (Photo courtesy Christi Messner)

Coupeville took advantage of a ton of walks to get the scoreboard jumping, but also got several key hits.

Melanie Navarro and Farris both crushed triples, with Katie Marti bopping a double.

“We had some good hits, which was great to see,” McGranahan said. “Especially because it helps show the other girls that it can be done, and it gives them that much more energy and drive to play.”

The Coupeville coach, herself a former softball star for the Wolves, was also very pleased with the hustle and chatter she heard.

And not just the chatter of teeth on a cold, wet day.

Jada (Heaton) was constantly moving and talking to the girls, keeping everyone in the game despite how cold we all were,” McGranahan said. “Never have to question her heart.”

Maya Nottingham, Lily Leedy, Camryn Clark, and Violette Huegerich rounded out the active roster for Coupeville on this day, with all of them reaching base.

Wolf coach Katrina McGranahan leads workouts with her squad. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

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