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Hawthorne Wolfe and fellow Coupeville seniors won their final home game. (Morgan White photo)

“A great send off for our seniors!”

Coupeville High School varsity baseball coach Will Thayer was in a good mood Friday as afternoon faded into evening.

And why not?

His squad had bounced back from a non-conference loss a day before, pounding visiting Orcas Island 12-5 Friday on Senior Night.

The victory lifts the Wolves to 10-1 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 12-6 overall, with a road game at Darrington next Tuesday, May 3 the regular-season finale.

Coupeville remains a half-game up on Friday Harbor (9-1, 12-2) in the chase for the league crown.

While the Wolves finish at Darrington, the defending NWL champs host La Conner May 3, then travel to Orcas May 5.

If Coupeville and Friday Harbor — which split their two-game season series — finish in a tie, they will play May 12 on a neutral field in La Conner.

That game would be a winner-to-state, loser-out game.

But that’s down the road, and Friday was all about staying in the here and now and taking care of business.

Consider it mission accomplished for Coupeville.

On a day when CHS honored seniors Sage Sharp, Cody Roberts, Xavier Murdy, Cole Hutchinson, and Hawthorne Wolfe, the sun was out, the wind was sharp, and the Wolves were sharper.

Roberts was dealing on the mound, finishing with eight strikeouts while scattering just four hits.

Cody Roberts is in the mood to generate strikeouts. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Meanwhile, with Roberts reaching base four times, he and his teammates scorched Orcas pitching for 12 base-knocks and six walks, building an 11-0 lead, then coasting home for the win.

Coupeville broke through early, plating three runners in the bottom of the sixth, thanks to a string of walks and a couple of key hits.

Peyton Caveness and Wolfe laced singles to knock the visiting Vikings back on their heels, and the rout was underway.

The third inning was Coupeville’s finest moment, as Jonathan Valenzuela crunched a triple as part of a game-busting five-hit, six-run explosion.

Up 9-0, the Wolves tacked on two more tallies in the fourth and a final run in the sixth, while Orcas scraped out four runs in the top of the fifth to keep from being mercy-ruled.

 

Friday stats:

Chase Anderson — 1 single
Peyton Caveness — 2 singles, 1 walk
Scott Hilborn — 1 single
Cole Hutchinson — 1 single, 1 walk
Xavier Murdy — 1 single, 1 walk
Cody Roberts — 2 singles, 2 walks
Sage Sharp — 1 walk
Jonathan Valenzuela — 1 single, 1 triple
Hawthorne Wolfe — 2 singles

Xavier Murdy and Co. are in first place in the Northwest 2B/1B League. (Morgan White photo)

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Ja’Kenya Hoskins (left) pops over from track practice to get a photo with Wolf softball sensation Izzy Wells. (Katy Wells photo)

The breeze was cold, and the bats were hot.

Fueled up on hot dogs and cupcakes, the Coupeville High School varsity softball team ignored relentless prairie wind Friday, bashing 34 hits on Senior Night during a doubleheader sweep of visiting Orcas Island.

In control from first pitch to last, the Wolves strolled to 17-1 and 19-2 wins in games mercy-ruled after the top of the fourth inning.

With the twin thumpings, Coupeville gets to 7-0 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 15-2 overall.

The Wolves close the regular season with a trip to Darrington next Tuesday, May 3, then turn their gaze to the playoffs.

But first they honored seniors Mckenna Somes, Violette Huegerich, Audrianna Shaw, and Izzy Wells with a pair of romps.

How the day played out:

 

Game 1:

Playing a 12:30 matinee on a weekday to kick things off meant an early exit from school, and limited fans for the first pitch.

It also meant a bit of a slow start for the Wolves, who scraped out two runs in the first, tacked on six more in the second, then hit their stride with a nine-run burst in the third.

The ball jumped off Coupeville bats, with five different hitters collecting an extra-base hit during an all-out assault on Orcas pitching.

Izzy Wells pounded three doubles, and Shaw smacked a pair of two-baggers, but it was freshman Savina Wells who rifled an inside-the-park home run to drive a huge stake through the visiting Vikings.

The fab frosh zipped a frozen rope to deep center, then churned her way around the basepaths without breaking stride, her long legs crossing home way before the ball arrived back in the infield.

Orcas couldn’t get much going against Wolf hurler Allie Lucero, who whiffed four and kept her foes on their heels with well-placed pitches.

One of the few times the Vikings looked like they might be up to something, Coupeville ended the mini rally by picking a runner off third base, Lucero winging the ball to Madison McMillan for the wham-bam tag.

Mckenna Somes reached base four times Friday. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

 

Game 2:

With Orcas in town for most of the day, having taken a 6:45 AM ferry as it Island-hopped, Coupeville hosted a between-games barbeque for softball and baseball players, as well as assorted freeloader writer types.

Then, after a tribute to the 12th graders, the Wolf sluggers went right back to work.

This time, Coupeville dumped eight runs on the board in the first, settled for four more in the second, then capped the day with a seven-spot in the third.

Walks were the currency of choice in the nightcap, with the Wolves drawing 15 free passes, led by McMillan and Huegerich netting three apiece.

The latter was twice bonked by wayward pitches, with the second one nailing her in the batting helmet.

“Not again!” said her mom, as the tough-as-nails Huegerich ambled down to first, shaking her head back and forth as she did.

The Wolves still had their bats going when the ball was near the strike zone, rapping out 12 more base knocks, with Somes, Shaw, and Mia Farris collecting doubles.

Shaw, enjoying herself immensely in the final home game of her stellar prep career, alternated between hitting righty and lefty.

Despite not normally being a switch hitter, the senior centerfielder held up rather well, slapping a pair of hits while trying out the less-comfortable left side of the plate.

McMillan also stole home twice in the game, the second time bouncing off both the catcher and umpire as she successfully bowled over anyone and everyone in her pursuit of tapping home plate.

“Next time … next time I want you to slide,” said Wolf coach Kevin McGranahan, with a small smile.

The Orcas catcher, freshman Molina Stone, recovered to make the defensive play of the game, crashing into the fence behind home as she snagged a fast-falling foul ball over her head.

And then, at 5:21 PST an era ended on the windswept prairie, as McGranahan went out to lift Izzy Wells after she recorded the first out in the final half-inning.

The calm leader of the Wolves, the Izzinator is a rare young woman.

She pitched CHS to state as a freshman, saw a pandemic erase her sophomore season and slash her junior campaign in half, and now is writing a mega-successful final chapter in her high school career.

Coupeville is 42-12 since Izzy stepped onto the diamond, and she’s not done yet.

But, for a moment, as her teammates hugged her, as a now-overflowing fan section hollered for her, and as her faithful pooch gazed at her adoringly from the sideline, the elder Miss Wells got a moment well-deserved, and very much earned.

 

Friday stats:

Taylor Brotemarkle — 2 singles, 2 walks
Teagan Calkins — 1 double
Mia Farris — 2 singles, 1 double
Gwen Gustafson — 1 walk
Violette Huegerich — 4 walks
Allie Lucero — 1 single, 1 double, 2 walks
Madison McMillan — 3 singles, 1 double, 3 walks
Melanie Navarro — 2 singles, 2 walks
Sofia Peters — 1 single, 1 walk
Audrianna Shaw — 3 singles, 3 doubles
Mckenna Somes — 2 singles, 1 double, 1 walk
Izzy Wells — 2 singles, 3 doubles, 1 walk
Savina Wells — 4 singles, 1 home run, 1 walk

Melanie Navarro sends the softball flying far away. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

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Softball action gets started early Friday. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Let’s make a full day of it.

Friday’s Coupeville High School softball schedule is being adjusted, with all activities still going forward, just at different times.

Originally, the Wolves were slated to host Orcas Island in a doubleheader kicking off at 3:30 PM.

The new schedule is as follows:

Game #1 — 12:30 first pitch

Game #2 — 4:00 Senior Night festivities, followed by gameĀ 

The adjustments are being made to help Orcas, which catches a 6:45 AM ferry, “break up their day a little bit,” said CHS coach Kevin McGranahan.

Coupeville will provide a BBQ for the two teams between games, as well.

The Wolves will honor Izzy Wells, Audrianna Shaw, Mckenna Somes, and Violette Huegerich during Senior Night festivities.

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Xavier Murdy had two hits Tuesday as Coupeville clobbered Orcas Island. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

They like getting on base.

Rapping out nine hits Tuesday, then tacking on 12 walks, the Coupeville High School varsity baseball squad cruised to a big win on Orcas Island.

By the time the Wolves were done tapping home plate, they had a 16-4 win — in a game mercy-ruled after six innings — and headed home with their fourth victory in their last five games.

Now 4-1 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 5-4 overall, Coupeville sits a half-game out of first place in the NWL, trailing just defending champs Friday Harbor (4-0).

The Wolves get a few days off to enjoy spring break, returning to action Apr. 11 with a road trip to Sultan for a non-conference tilt.

Everyone chipped in Tuesday, with 10 different Wolves reaching base, and seven of those players slapping a hit.

Cody Roberts mashes.

Coupeville got out to a quick start, pushing three runs across in the top of the first thanks to singles from Hawthorne Wolfe and Scott Hilborn packaged around a walk to Jonathan Valenzuela.

Orcas scraped out a run in the bottom of the first, and another in the second, cutting the deficit to 3-2, before the Wolves slammed their foot on the gas pedal.

A six-run burst in the top of the third, keyed by a Xavier Murdy double and a single off of Jack Porter’s bat, busted things open.

From there, CHS cruised in for the win, tacking on three more runs in the fourth, before closing things out with a four-run rally in the sixth.

Wolf pitchers Cody Roberts and Hilborn combined to whiff nine Vikings, scattering five hits and not giving up more than a single run in any inning.

 

Tuesday stats:

Chase Anderson — 1 single, 1 walk
Peyton Caveness
— 1 walk
Scott Hilborn
— 2 singles, 1 walk
Alex Murdy
— 2 walks
Xavier Murdy
— 1 single, 1 double
Jack Porter
— 1 single
Cody Roberts
— 1 double, 1 walk
Sage Sharp
— 2 walks
Jonathan Valenzuela
— 1 single, 3 walks
Hawthorne Wolfe
— 1 single, 1 walk

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Maya Lucero was a hit machine Tuesday as Coupeville High School softball rolled to its fifth-straight win. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The hits (and the wins) keep raining down.

Pounding out 17 base-knocks Tuesday, the Coupeville High School varsity softball squad squashed host Orcas Island 15-0.

The game, which was mercy-ruled after five innings, sends the Wolves into the remainder of spring break carrying a five-game winning streak.

Now 4-0 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 6-1 overall, Coupeville is off until Apr. 11, when it travels to Sultan for a non-conference clash with the 1A Turks.

Tuesday’s tilt was one-sided all the way, with Coupeville softball running its NWL mark to 16-0 since returning to the league before the 2020-2021 school year.

“Another long trip to the islands, but very successful,” said CHS coach Kevin McGranahan.

Izzy (Wells) was dominant in the circle and we hit well again.”

Coupeville’s senior hurler did all of the work on the defensive side of the ball, whiffing 14 Orcas hitters, only letting one Viking slip away for a very brief moment.

That Orcas batter grounded out on a comebacker to the circle, with Izzy Wells flipping the ball to Melanie Navarro at first.

Izzy Wells gets nasty.

At the plate Coupeville gave its hosts a flicker of a hope, not scoring until the top of the second.

Izzy Wells reached on an error, before Allie Lucero, Maya Lucero, and Sofia Peters whacked back-to-back-to-back singles to plate a pair of runners.

The Wolves blew things open with five runs in the third, thanks to seven straight hits.

The big blows came from Taylor Brotemarkle, Savina Wells, and Izzy Wells, who crunched doubles one after another.

Three more tallies in the fourth, and a final five-spot in the top of the fifth inning set the final margin in a game where Coupeville could have been much more savage if it wanted.

The Wolves have won their four league games this season by a combined score of 83-0, balancing the need to keep improving with not wanting to overly embarrass their overmatched NWL rivals.

 

Tuesday stats:

Taylor Brotemarkle — 2 doubles
Mia Farris
— 1 walk
Lily Leedy
— 2 singles
Allie Lucero
— 2 singles
Maya Lucero
— 3 singles, 1 double
Madison McMillan
— 1 single
Sofia Peters
— 1 single, 1 walk
Audrianna Shaw — 1 single, 1 walk
Izzy Wells
— 1 single, 1 double, 1 walk
Savina Wells
— 2 doubles

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