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Having snagged a hot grounder, Scout Smith is a moment away from pulling off a tag-and-throw double-play. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The power of the sign compels you.

Wolf sluggers (l to r) Mackenzie Davis, Sarah Wright, and Veronica Crownover live the dugout life.

Someone call the authorities … Joe Lippo has control of the scoreboard.

Mollie Bailey fires the ball back, while…

big sis McKayla swings by her old field and is immediately stalked by paparazzi.

Izzy Wells deals wicked heat.

What operated quicker Tuesday, the scoreboard or the camera?

With Coupeville High School softball pushing 13 runs across the plate in a win over South Whidbey, the board was poppin’.

But so was paparazzi to the stars John Fisken, who kept his cameras humming on a cold, windy prairie day.

The photos above are courtesy him, and you can see much more by popping over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Softball-2018-2019/SB-2019-04-23-vs-South-Whidbey/

When you do, keep in mind that any purchases help fund scholarships for CHS student/athletes.

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CHS junior Scout Smith, destroyer of worlds, walk-off grand-slam hitter, and newly-certified prairie legend. (Photo by Charlotte Young)

When Scout Smith is older, when she’s in the coach’s box like her mom and dad before her, when she’s possibly coaching her own children, her mind may drift back.

And, in that moment, she will be 16 years old again, a wiry fireball sauntering to the plate, the sun barely peeking out from behind a wall of clouds on the Coupeville prairie.

Scooter will remember the roar of the crowd, the feel of the bat in her hands, the look of fear in the pitcher’s eyes.

It will be April 15, 2019 one more time.

And then, as she squeezes her eyes shut, she will relive the moment she went from being a very good softball player to stepping into history, forever etching her name among the prairie legends.

All she needed was a hit, a poke into open space, a bouncer back up the middle, a way to plate Veronica Crownover and cap one of the great comeback wins in school history.

But very good softball players bounce the winner back up the middle.

Legends beat the ever-livin’ snot out of the ball and bash epic walk-off grand-slam home runs.

Scout Smith is no longer a very good softball player. She’s a legend.

And so it came to pass, that the Wolf softball sluggers, after rallying for three runs in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings, crushed the very soul out of Cedar Park Christian, winning 8-4 on Smith’s blast in the bottom of the ninth.

The win lifts Coupeville to 4-1 in North Sound Conference play, 6-5 overall, leaving them in a first-place tie with Granite Falls (4-1, 7-5), while Cedar Park (3-2, 7-3) falls a game off the lead.

Riding the high of Monday’s victory, the Wolves travel to Granite Wednesday, where they will bid to take complete control of the league in one 72-hour tear.

For the moment, they will bask in a win in which they never held the lead until the final swing of the game.

Freshman hurler Izzy Wells was droppin’ fire, whiffing 11 CPC hitters, and the Wolf defense played inspired ball.

It didn’t matter where the ball was hit, because a Wolf (and her glove) were there to deny the Eagles time and again.

Wolf catcher Sarah Wright picked runners off multiple bases, shortstop Chelsea Prescott nailed a runner coming home with a sizzlin’ throw, Crownover pulled off multiple unassisted put-outs at first, and somehow Emma Mathusek topped them all.

Running on a full-out sprint in the 7th inning, the Wolf junior flat-out robbed Cedar Park’s best hitter, throwing out her mitt at the last second to swipe a rapidly-dropping ball from the heavens.

What looked like an extra-base hit became just another out, as Mathusek flipped the ball back in, then stalked away, almost daring anyone else to try and hit it within a mile of her mitt.

And yet, as it came up to hit in the bottom of the seventh, Coupeville trailed 4-1, with just a fourth-inning Mollie Bailey RBI single to its credit, and things looked dire.

The Wolves scraped together one run, mashing together a Wright single, a Bailey grounder which was booted for an error, and then a Crownover RBI single.

But, as quickly as the final-inning rally began, it almost ended.

A strikeout and a fielder’s choice grounder left the Wolves down to their final out, still trailing 4-2, while Cedar Park’s extremely-enthusiastic third-baseman celebrated as if the Eagles had just won a state title.

They had not.

If you didn’t know Wells was a freshman, nothing about the way she conducts herself on the softball diamond would give you a clue.

Perhaps her insides are a bubbling cauldron of anxiety. It’s possible.

But Wells projects extreme calmness.

Whether she’s firing pitches into Wright’s mitt, pulling off web gems, or standing tall at the plate, Ms. Unflappable is the most self-assured 9th grader since Katrina McGranahan debuted in 2015.

And, with the very same former Wolf ace sitting high in the stands, keeping up a pro-Izzy stream of comments, Wells responded.

Down to her final strike, she whipped her bat through the gentle prairie breeze, rocketing a single into center field, sending Bailey and Coral Caveness careening for home, and suddenly we had a whole new ball game.

Which almost ended on the very next batter.

In her first three trips to the plate, Smith had put good bat on the ball, only to have CPC fielders run down her shots.

Trip #4 was (almost) legendary, as she laced what looked like the game-winner, only to be denied one more time.

Not on getting a hit, as the ball tore a chunk out of the outfield grass this time, but when an admittedly great relay throw nailed Wells by a fingertip at the plate.

Wolf fans, seemingly denied the walk-off win, howled.

They quickly got over it, however.

Wells, who had been aces in the pitcher’s circle through seven innings, was lights out in the extra frames.

She faced the minimum six hitters across the eight and ninth, punching out three Eagles on strikeouts, while getting some help from Bailey, who made a beautiful snag on a checked-swing liner down the third-base line.

That set up magic time, otherwise known as the bottom of the ninth.

Operating under softball’s sometimes odd rules, both teams started play in the 9th inning by being handing a free runner at second.

While Cedar Park’s player never got more than an inch off the bag as Wells blitzed her teammates, Coupeville’s runner, Bailey, went a lot further.

After skipping to third on a passed ball, she took time out from her busy afternoon to dance on the bag, then found herself with nowhere to go even as two more batters got on base.

With one eye on Bailey, a CPC fielder booted Crownover’s chopper, but recovered quickly enough to keep the wily Wolf at third from scampering home.

Bailey was similarly stuck when Caveness dumped an infield single in front of the third-baseman, then found herself forced at home on a Wells grounder.

Bases juiced, two outs, edge of your seat, strangled cries from both sides, a prayer or two curling up into the sky.

Body language told it all.

The CPC hurler, so effective for so long, leaned back, a haunted look in her eyes, relentlessly snapping the ball into her glove, unable to control what had become a twitch over the final innings.

And at the plate, not a muscle moving, steely gaze boring a hole through the universe itself, Scout Smith, lil’ sister of Wolf greats CJ and Hunter, decided it was time to claim the title of “Best Freakin’ Athlete in the Family.”

It wasn’t just that she hit a home-run.

She flat-out destroyed the ball, her bat ripping it nearly in half, sending it on a line up, up and away as Wolf fans exploded out of their seats, tripping over themselves and each other, a shower of sunflower seeds cascading to the Earth as Smith rounded third.

The ball cleared the left field fence in a hurry, and Cow Town went crazy.

It was history. It was a coronation.

Bow before Scout Smith, Destroyer of Worlds. And be glad she’s on our side.

As she hit home plate, she was mobbed by her teammates, who thumped on her, hugged her, and screamed in her ears until all she could do was stagger away, grin plastered from ear to ear.

Caught up in the celebration, CHS coach Kevin McGranahan was a man sitting on cloud nine.

“High school careers are made of nights like this and every girl in uniform contributed to this win,” he said. “Great team win!

“Wolves never say die!!”

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“Get in mah glove!!” Mollie Bailey is not in the mood for any shenanigans. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Coral Caveness beats the snot out of the softball.

Chelsea Prescott unleashes a cannon disguised as her arm.

Veronica Crownover wins the race to first base.

Sarah Wright comes up firing.

Scout Smith snaps off the high, hard cheese.

It was an auspicious return.

Back from spring break, the Coupeville High School softball squad smashed arch-rival South Whidbey 18-1 Tuesday, and we have the photos to prove it.

Hard-working man with a camera John Fisken bounced between two events in Cow Town, capturing pics of girls tennis and softball, and some of his best work on the diamond can be seen above.

To take a gander at everything the constantly-clicking paparazzi snapped, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Softball-2018-2019/SB-2019-04-09-vs-South-Whidbey/

And, if you should purchase some glossies when you find yourself on his site, know that you’re helping others, as a percentage of all sales goes to help fund scholarships for CHS student/athletes.

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Emma Mathusek (left) and Scout Smith are among the stat leaders for Coupeville High School softball. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Time for the stretch run.

The Coupeville High School softball team returns to action Tuesday, ending a nine-day break between games.

Sitting atop the North Sound Conference at 2-1 (they’re 4-5 overall after facing a brutal, road-game-heavy early schedule), the Wolves are in control of their own fate.

Coupeville closes with seven of 10 on Whidbey, with nine of those being league clashes.

The second-half run begins, and ends, with games against Island rival South Whidbey, though the biggest showdowns will be with co-league leader Granite Falls Apr. 17 and May 1.

As we prepare to swing back into action, a look at season-to-date stats, as plucked from MaxPreps:

 

Hitting:

Player AB Runs Hits 2B 3B HR SB BB RBI Avg. OBP
A. Shaw 7 3 2 1 6 .286 .615
I. Wells 16 4 3 2 .188 .235
C. Wheeler 3 1 2 1 .400
C. Caveness 12 4 2 5 3 .167 .444
E. Mathusek 22 11 8 2 11 12 .364 .576
S. Smith 28 12 7 1 1 3 7 4 .250 .432
C. Prescott 28 10 8 1 3 3 7 5 .286 .429
M. Davis 20 1 2 1 3 3 .100 .217
M. Bailey 23 5 5 3 1 .217 .308
V. Crownover 28 7 14 7 1 2 8 .500 .548
S. Wright 32 10 20 5 1 2 1 1 12 .625 .647
N. Laxton 10 3 2 3 .200 .556

 

Pitching:

Player W/L ERA Gms CG SO Hits Runs BB K IP BF
I. Wells 3-2 10.23 6 3 47 53 17 28 26 169
S. Smith 1-3 6.70 5 2 26 33 8 10 23 117
C. Prescott 0-0 12.25 2 5 11 3 1 4 25

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Former Coupeville High School hardball star Joey Lippo is back in the dugout, but this time he’s doing the books. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mason Grove’s cheering section brings the noise.

“I know, I know … you’re all wondering why I asked you here. It’s time to make the biggest decision of our day. Next time we’re on the road, McDonald’s or KFC??”

Even with spring break in full force, a chunk of the student section showed up for Wednesday’s game.

Jim Hoagland, moments before the cameraman “vanished.”

Softball stars Audrianna Shaw (left) and Izzy Wells swing by to support their baseball brethren.

Morgan Pease gets super excited, cause she’s seen the next photo, starring her big brother.

Jake Pease believes he can fly.

The rain held off, but the photos poured down.

Wednesday afternoon brought the one, and only, home game for Coupeville High School during spring break, a tense nail-biter of a baseball game between the Wolves and visiting King’s.

On hand to snap away was paparazzi John Fisken, and the pics above are courtesy him.

To see everything he shot, and possibly purchase some glossies, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-baseball-2018-2019/BB-2019-04-03-vs-Kings/

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