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   Johnny Carlson was a force at the plate and on the mound Thursday for the Coupeville JV baseball team. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The sun was back, and it brought the offense with it.

A day after the Coupeville High School varsity baseball team was rained out, the Wolf JV had beautiful weather for its game Thursday, a day when the only thing raining down was runs.

How many runs you ask? A heck of a lot of runs.

31 to be exact, as visiting Sequim built a 12-run lead, then held off a furious Coupeville comeback and escaped with an 18-13 win.

The loss drops the Wolf JV to 0-2 on the season.

It was the kind of day when 95% of the players scored at least one run apiece.

OK, it’s probably simpler to just say Sequim third-baseman Julian Hernandez was the only player, out of 20 to see the field, who didn’t touch home.

He was 90 feet away in the first inning, but the Wolves denied him, and then every other player in uniform went and did what he couldn’t.

All 10 Wolves scored, with Jered Brown, Mason Grove and Drake Borden crossing the plate twice each and CHS racking up 15 hits on the afternoon.

Coupeville claimed its only lead of the game at 4-2 after piling up five of those base-knocks in the bottom of the first.

Brown, Grove, Jake Pease, Shane Losey and Johnny Carlson all put good metal to ball, as the Wolves looked like they might roll away with things.

Sequim managed to put a damper on things though, escaped the inning, then held CHS scoreless until the fourth as it built a 9-4 lead.

The Wolves chipped away for two runs in the fourth to pull back within three runs, then the fifth inning went nuclear on both sides of the ball.

Sequim erupted for nine runs in the top half of the inning, blowing the game open to an 18-6 tune, then promptly almost gave it all back.

Putting together five hits, including two from freshman Daniel Olson, Coupeville sent 12 batters to the plate and scored seven of them in the bottom of the fifth.

And then, as suddenly as the offense came, it fled again, with the two teams both failing to score a run across the final two innings.

Carlson, who came on in relief in the fifth, closed out the game on the mound, striking out two as he shut Sequim down in the sixth and seventh.

Coupeville’s hit parade was led by Brown and Grove, who each collected four hits, while Jacob Zettle, Gavin Straub and James Vidoni joined their teammates by scoring.

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Wolf freshman Shane Losey reached base four times Tuesday, keying Coupeville's comeback. (John Fisken photo)

   Wolf freshman Shane Losey reached base four times Tuesday, keying Coupeville’s comeback. (John Fisken photo)

No quit in the young guns.

Down by five runs in the sixth, with the clock ticking down thanks to a waiting ferry, the Coupeville High School JV baseball squad rallied to force an 11-11 tie at Klahowya Tuesday afternoon.

While it could technically count as a loss, since the Wolves had to sprint to the bus before the Eagles got a chance to hit in the bottom half of the inning, this is Coupeville Sports, not Klahowya Sports.

We’re calling it a tie.

“We had a pretty good game,” said Coupeville coach Chris Smith. “We sure left on a high note, knowing that we battled back to tie things up.”

The Wolves fought back all afternoon, after the Eagles opened the first with a six-run bang.

Jonathan Thurston took over on the mound for Wolf starter Ty Eck, who was forced from the game in the second by a hurting knee, and struck out eight batters over 3 2/3 innings of work.

Coupeville chipped away relentlessly at the lead, plating one in the second, four in the third and another in the fifth before the big five-run rally in the sixth.

The offense came from everyone in the lineup, with freshman Shane Losey sparking the attack, reaching base all four times he came to the plate.

Eck thumped a key two-run double and scored three times while Jake Pease scratched out three walks and crossed home twice.

Cameron Toomey-Stout (walk, single), Nick Etzell (walk, error), Brenden Gilbert (errors), Aiden Crimmins (walk, error) and Kyle Rockwell (walks) all reached base twice apiece, as the Wolves took advantage of whatever they were offered.

“We managed to frustrate the other team and their coach to no end,” Smith said with a laugh. “Nothing spectacular, but we figured out a way to keep ourselves relevant in this game.”

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