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   Sarah Wright (front) and Katrina McGranahan lead the “good game, good game” line Friday after whompin’ on Klahowya. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Joey Lippo is too fast for mere mortals to catch.

   Wolf baseball fans (l to r) Sylvia Hurlburt, Maya Toomey-Stout and Charlotte Young are all smiles as their team rolls to another win.

   Scout Smith drops some interpretive dance moves into the post-game celebration.

Jake Pease gets ready to grip it and rip it.

   CHS groundskeeper Mike Lodell tries not to get emotional as he gazes out onto his pristine softball field.

Jake Hoagland has a need, a need for speed.

   As her team gets ready to celebrate its league title, Veronica Crownover (14) looks back at dad Darren, who is screaming like a wild man off camera.

It was a party on the prairie.

The rain stayed away Friday, both the Coupeville High School softball and baseball squads thrashed visiting Klahowya, and wanderin’ photo bug John Fisken was merrily clickin’ away.

The pics above are courtesy him.

To see everything he shot, pop over to:

Softball:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Softball-2017-2018/2018-04-20-vs-Klahowya/

Baseball:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Baseball-2017-2018/2018-04-20-vs-Klahowya/

And, when you do, remember, if you buy some glossies for grandma, you not only make it more likely Fisken will keep on coming to Cow Town, but you also help fund college scholarships for CHS student/athletes.

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   “Dang, scored too many runs and broke the counter again…” (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The tune-up went off flawlessly.

Playing on the road a day before its biggest game in 16 years, the Coupeville High School softball squad was humming Thursday afternoon.

Crushing 20 hits in just five innings of play, the Wolves obliterated La Conner 18-3 in a game which could have been far, far more one-sided.

CHS coach Kevin McGranahan gave quality time to bench players, never used his pitching ace in the circle and had the big boppers in his lineup practice their in-game bunting skills late in the game.

And still the Wolves romped, running their record to 8-3 headed into Friday’s home rumble with Klahowya.

Win that game (and CHS shellacked the Eagles 15-1 the first time around) and Coupeville clinches its first league title since 2002.

Thanks to rain and a patch-work schedule, Klahowya hasn’t played a single game since being bashed by the Wolves.

Meanwhile, Coupeville has gotten in another seven non-conference contests, going 5-2 with just losses to powerhouse Forks, during that time.

“We are as ready as we can be for Klahowya tomorrow and can now squarely set our sights on them,” Kevin McGranahan said.

His squad, even missing star shortstop Lauren Rose, who was off looking at colleges, played just about to perfection against La Conner.

Coupeville’s pitching ace, Katrina McGranahan, rested her arm, pulling time at short and third while the young guns, sophomore Scout Smith and freshman Chelsea Prescott, shared time in the circle.

Smith whiffed a pair of Braves sluggers while tossing the first two innings, made a sensational running catch over her shoulder at short in the fourth, then returned to close the game in the fifth.

Prescott, who has been a fixture at third base from day one of the season, made her varsity pitching debut and fired BB’s past La Conner in the third and fourth.

With the young duo humming, Coupeville wouldn’t have needed many runs to win. But good luck trying to stop the express train when it’s rolling.

The Wolves unloaded for five runs in both the first and second innings and put the game out of sight early.

While CHS got RBI singles from Katrina McGranahan, Sarah Wright and Mackenzie Davis in the top of the first (two other runs came around thanks to smart base-running), there was one early at-bat which wowed the gathered masses.

That came courtesy Wolf first-baseman Veronica Crownover, who worked the La Conner hurler through approximately 237 pitches.

The Coupeville junior crushed the snot out of a pair of foul balls which curved to the left and ended up down around Fidalgo Island to start things off.

Both were wicked liners which banged off of nearby buildings and would have been home runs if Crownover had gotten either ball to straighten out slightly.

La Conner’s pitcher had the look of a deer gazing softly into a semi truck’s oncoming headlights, and seemed genuinely relieved when the next foul ball went straight back and buried itself into a patch of trees.

Fouls #4 and #5 shot down the third-base line, with the second one causing Kevin McGranahan to jump a good two feet into the air to keep from earning a tattoo on his ankle.

“Ha! Didn’t think I could do that, did you??” the CHS coach chuckled, then took a quick step or two back as Crownover hefted her bat once more.

She finally reached base, coasting into second base after blasting a shot to left-center which skidded off the center-fielder’s glove and bounced madly away.

The whole let’s-smash-the-heck-outta-the-ball plan was just getting started, however.

Cue the second inning and Prescott, who strode to the plate with the bases juiced and no outs.

A single by Coral Caveness, a walk to Katrina McGranahan and Wright beating out a chopper set the table, and then the full meal was served.

Prescott, going full Mike Trout on the ball, crushed it, sending a cannon shot which punched a hole in the heavens, curled hard and plunged, biting a chunk of turf out of the deepest part of right field.

With first-base coach Ron Wright having a stroke yelling at his runners to get their feet moving before Prescott passed them, the fab frosh never broke stride, sliding under the tag for an inside-the-park grand salami.

And yet, there’s more! Much more!

Coupeville still had nine more runs to plate on this day, with Emma Mathusek, Nicole Laxton (twice) and Smith (twice) collecting RBI base-knocks in the later going.

Add a run-scoring ground-out off the bat of freshman Mollie Bailey, and the only thing preventing the Wolves from short-circuiting the scoreboard was their own sense of humility and fair play.

When Wright, your clean-up hitter, a basher and a bruiser who entered the game hitting .500 on the season, is dropping a bunt in the fifth (and safely making it to first), the brakes are as fully-applied as possible.

“They (La Conner) were a young team and learning as they go,” Kevin McGranahan said.

Coupeville spread the love, with nine of 11 active players getting a hit.

Prescott, Katrina McGranahan and Mathusek led the way with three base-knocks apiece, while Smith, Caveness, Wright, Crownover and Laxton collected two apiece.

Davis added a hit on a pool table shot that drifted past the pitcher, then spun madly, while Bailey had an RBI and Hope Lodell walked and played stellar defense in center.

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   Katrina McGranahan lays out to snag a fly ball that was caught in a gust of wind and suddenly changed directions. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Halfway in and the stat sheet is on fire.

The Coupeville High School softball squad, which jumps into the second half of the regular season this week with games against La Conner and Klahowya, is humming along at 7-3.

Coming off of an offensive fireworks show at Friday Harbor, the Wolves have some impressive numbers, and I’m here to share them with you.

The latest sweet statsy stats, as compiled by CHS coaches and posted on MaxPreps:

 

Hitting:

Player AB Runs Hits 2B 3B HR SB BB RBI Avg. OBP
Caveness 18 7 5 3 2 5 .278 .350
Lodell 30 7 6 1 1 2 3 .200 .273
Mathusek 16 5 3 2 3 3 .188 .350
Smith 37 15 15 3 1 3 .405 .436
Rose 29 11 7 2 1 4 4 4 .241 .333
Prescott 29 12 7 1 4 3 4 .241 .312
Davis 7 2 1 2 3 .143 .455
McGranahan 31 17 11 1 1 9 6 10 .355 .512
Bailey 8 2 2 4 3 .250 .500
Crownover 34 8 16 4 3 1 13 .471 .486
Wright 36 12 18 4 1 2 1 20 .500 .500
Laxton 12 2 2 1 3 .167 .286

 

Pitching:

Player W/L ERA Gms CG SO Hits Runs BB K IP BF
McGranahan 6-1 2.28 9 6 2 32 25 19 43 46 211
Smith 1-2 7.47 4 1 19 23 5 4 15 76

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   Nicole Laxton, here making a play in a home game, had a spectacular diving catch Saturday as Coupeville whacked Friday Harbor 13-4. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolves had six days to think, to plan, to prep, to refine their swings.

Pity Friday Harbor.

Aggressively bouncing back from their weakest offensive afternoon of the season, the Coupeville High School softball squad smashed 17 hits Saturday, decimating their hosts to a happy tune of 13-4.

The resounding non-conference victory, which came a week after a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Forks, lifts the Wolves to 7-3.

CHS has one more tune-up, a road trip to La Conner, next Thursday, Apr. 19, before playing its biggest game in 16 years.

The Wolves host Klahowya Apr. 20, and a win would clinch Coupeville softball’s first league crown since 2002.

Accomplish that and CHS will carry the #1 seed out of the Olympic League to districts in May.

As league champs, they would open the playoffs in the double-elimination round, needing two wins in three games to punch a ticket to the state tourney.

All of that is still fairly far down the road, however, and, on this day, all the Wolves were concentrating on was whacking the snot out of the ball.

Mission, accomplished.

“So, the weather let us play today and we came out swinging,” said Coupeville coach Kevin McGranahan. “All in all, it was a good solid game and both teams played good defense, but we played error-free and they didn’t, and we hit better than them all day.

“Good day trip to the islands and a great lunch after the game, followed by ice cream of course. On to La Conner!”

Coupeville had at least one base-knock in six of seven innings, with seven doubles and a triple along the way.

And yet the game was semi-close for two innings.

The Wolves scratched out a run in the first, with Scout Smith reaching base, swiping second, taking third on a passed ball, then flashing home on a sac fly from Katrina McGranahan.

But the rally stopped there, as they stranded Sarah Wright after she doubled, and CHS couldn’t get Veronica Crownover off of first after she led off the second with a single.

Things took a dramatic turn in the third, however, as Coupeville started to mash the ball big-time, with the first seven hitters reaching base.

11 batters, four hits and six runs later, Friday Harbor escaped with their lives intact (barely), but the Wolves were up 7-0 and everyone’s fates were sealed.

The Wolves juiced the bags with Rose reaching on an error, Smith singling and McGranahan wearing a pitch.

From there it was a revolving door of RBI’s.

Wright lashed a single, Chelsea Prescott walked to force in a run, Crownover launched a two-run double, then Hope Lodell got artistic and dropped the ultra-rare RBI bunt.

Rose came back around to close the scoring with an RBI on a ground-out, and, by that time, Friday Harbor’s collective hopes and dreams were fully shattered.

The host Wolverines managed to finally get on the board in the bottom of the third, scratching out two runs, but Coupeville had an immediate response.

RBI doubles by the scorching-hot Wright and Crownover in the top of the fourth stretched the lead back out to 9-2, then CHS turned on the web gem show.

Nicole Laxton, who came on to give Mackenzie Davis some rest, immediately made an impact.

The junior whacked a shot to right in her first at-bat, then she turned the volume to 12 on a spectacular running, diving snare on a well-hit ball while playing left field.

Snagging the rapidly-descending orb, Laxton speared it with her glove, then held on through the crash back to Mother Earth, earning rapturous applause from her teammates, coaches and hardy road fans.

On another play, fab frosh Mollie Bailey, also a mid-game replacement, made a superb throw from right to Smith, who gunned it on to Wright.

The Wolf catcher caught the ball, dropped and defended the plate like a lioness guarding her cubs.

That prevented Friday Harbor from plating any runners, and gave Wolf hurler Katrina McGranahan the chance to escape one of her few jams.

The Bailey-to-Smith-to-Wright connection paid off again later in the game, this time with the throw nailing an incoming runner at the plate.

After shocking the world by not scoring in the fifth or sixth, despite several more hits, Coupeville found its run-scoring mojo again in the top of the seventh.

Rose and Smith kick-started things again, with the former poking a ball off a glove, while the latter froze all nine defenders with a note-perfect bunt that dropped and promptly dug a hole to China.

That set up the big boppers, and they were swinging for the fences.

McGranahan lashed a two-run triple before Wright and Crownover (who else?) mashed RBI doubles, with all three Wolf sluggers narrowly missing home runs on their epic blows.

Coupeville got hits from seven of the 11 girls who played, led by Wright, who was a perfect 5-5 with three doubles and two singles.

Crownover had four hits (including three doubles), while Smith (1B, 1B), Lodell (1B, 1B), McGranahan (1B, 3B), Prescott (2B) and Rose (1B) rounded out the extraordinarily-deep hitting attack.

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   Freshman Mollie Bailey knocked in three runs Friday, helping Coupeville rout Meridian 18-0. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

“We know the scoreboard works, cause the girls lit it up!”

The buzz among local fans was at a fever pitch Friday, as the rain clouds of recent days departed and were replaced with a hail of Coupeville hits on a sunny prairie afternoon.

Putting the game away quickly, efficiently and forcefully, the Wolf softball sluggers routed visiting Meridian 18-0 in a game called after five innings thanks to the mercy rule.

With the victory, its fourth straight, Coupeville improves to 6-1 heading into a Saturday home doubleheader with Forks.

The Spartans, at 5-2, will likely be a tough foe, if the weather allows the twin-bill to be played. Game times are set for 1 and 3 PM, but high winds and possibly more moisture are expected.

Friday was like a summer day by the time CHS hurler Katrina McGranahan stepped into the pitcher’s circle and fired her first knee-buckling strike past Meridian’s lead-off hitter.

The senior fireballer had few issues, whiffing seven Trojans in four innings of work.

McGranahan overpowered most of her rivals, and when a few did get bat on ball, the Wolf defense gobbled up almost everything.

Scout Smith made a gorgeous one-hop snag at second, never breaking stride as she pulled the ball upwards and fired it on a bead to a waiting Veronica Crownover at first.

Her mate in the middle of the field, senior shortstop Lauren Rose, was unbreakable on the two opportunities she had, launching rockets from the hole to Crownover’s mitt, while freshman third-baseman Chelsea Prescott knocked down the one legitimate liner McGranahan gave up.

The story of the game, however, wasn’t really defense or pitching, but pure, raw, hitting magnificence.

Coupeville whacked Meridian’s pitcher every which way possible, piling up 14 hits in just four innings.

The Wolves sent 11 batters to the plate in each of the first two innings (with eight straight hitters reaching base to open the second), scoring 13 of those 22.

Things got off to a bang when Rose launched a lead-off triple, mashing the ball over the left fielder’s head by several feet.

Smith followed by grooving the next pitch into right field for an RBI single, essentially providing McGranahan with the only run she would need.

Not that the Wolves were going to stop their hit-fest any time soon.

CHS picked up three more base-knocks in the inning, thanks to Sarah Wright, Prescott and Mollie Bailey, who capped things with a majestic two-run single down the right field line.

In between the hits, the Wolves scored twice on wild pitches and once on a double steal, exiting the first inning with an already-substantial 6-0 lead.

Wanting more, Coupeville went bonkers in the second inning, kicking things off with a painful start.

McGranahan and Prescott were both plunked by wayward pitches, with the second one exploding off of Prescott’s ankle with a nasty crack that echoed across the field.

It sent the fab frosh hobbling to first, but after some bouncing, a little running, and a lot of screamin’ and hollerin’ from her teammates on the bench, she was thumbs up and ready to jump back into action.

Said action came fast, with the Wolves peppering the ball.

Crownover lashed a two-run single to right, Coral Caveness whacked an RBI single to center, Bailey walked with the bases juiced to force in another score, then Rose smoked a two-run single up the gut.

Before the bleeding stopped, Meridian gave up one more run, this one on an RBI ground-out off of McGranahan’s bat, and the scoreboard was poppin’ at 13-0.

The third was relatively quiet, with “just” a double from Prescott and a run-scoring single from Crownover, but Coupeville was saving a final burst of beat-down fever for the fourth.

It started with Smith crunching the ball to the right side, then her entire family willing the ball to stay fair.

And the prayers worked, as the ball curled just inside the foul line, bit a chunk of sod, then skipped wildly to the left of the oncoming fielder, finally coming to a stop in some nearby shrubbery.

With Smith perched on second, McGranahan got pegged for a second time, which perfectly set up Wright, who was looking to write yet another chapter in the best seller that is her life.

Playing a day after her birthday, the Wolf catcher unloaded for her second home-run of the season, though this time she put an extra bit of flair on things.

In Blaine, Wright just bopped the ball over the fence in dead-center and trotted around the bags.

This time, in front of friends and family, she crushed a long, low screamer to right-center, than kept on running and running and running some more, no matter what the odds might be.

Flying around third, she caught Meridian’s defense off guard, at least for half a second.

The Trojans had the look of a team which fully, 275%, expected Wright to settle for a well-earned triple.

Realizing at the last second the Wolf junior wanted to make dang sure her uniform was completely covered in dust by game’s end, a Meridian fielder double-clutched, then whipped the ball to home.

The throw came screaming in, Wright started to spin to a stop halfway between third and home, then she juked the rival catcher out of her shoes and jammed the gas pedal through the floorboards, gunning it for the plate.

Slamming into her Trojan counterpart, she caused the incoming ball to squirt up out of the mitt and bounce away, capping a somewhat improbable, and very entertaining, inside-the-park tater.

With the ante raised, Crownover — who like Wright is a thumper at the plate, but maybe not the first person you’d bet on in a stolen bases competition — took things to a higher level.

First, she beat out a chopper deep in the hole for a single, stretching to beat the throw by the margin of her big toe.

Then, just to prove she has jets when she wants to show them off, Crownover took second on a wild pitch, stole third(!) and beat the relay throw home when Meridian had to throw to first after a third strike was dropped on the next batter.

In a game where everything went right for CHS, Smith pulled off her best impersonation of Mariano Rivera in the top of the fifth, taking over for McGranahan in the circle, and doing so with panache.

She gunned down the first two Trojans she saw, her first strikeouts in 10 innings of work this season, then recorded the final out on a soft come-backer.

As his team marinated (briefly) in the joy of the win, Coupeville coach Kevin McGranahan was all smiles, while already looking to the next test.

“Everyone hit, everyone played well; great team effort.”

Wright and Crownover led the Wolf attack with three hits apiece, while Rose (2), Smith (2), Prescott (2), Caveness (1) and Bailey (1) added to the tally.

The only Wolf starters not to have a hit, Katrina McGranahan and Hope Lodell, saw few quality pitches in their turns at the plate, combining to walk four times.

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