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The rain fell mainly in Sultan, at least Monday afternoon. (Photo by David Svien)

Some infields are built to withstand the ravages of the rain.

The one at Sultan High School, not so much.

Even as a baseball game went on right next door Monday, the Coupeville High School softball team was denied a chance to get a league win through no fault of its own.

The Wolves got out of school early, hopped the Clinton ferry, traveled down a rainy, car-packed freeway, charged off the bus, bats at the ready, and almost immediately had their hopes dashed.

While the actual amount of liquid sunshine coming out of the sky wasn’t Earth-shattering, the condition of Sultan’s field was less than stellar.

Three nicely-sized divots, one between first and second base, the other two between second and third, were full of water, and the rest of the infield was a squishy mess.

As he wandered by, CHS coach Kevin McGranahan arched an eyebrow ever so slightly.

“This ain’t happening…”

Give the man a prize, cause he nailed it.

After a brief bit of discussion between the coaches and umpires, the game was tabled, and the two teams split up and put in brief practice sessions on the non-dirt part of the field.

For Coupeville’s players, it gave them a chance to stretch out their arms and legs before clambering back on the bus for the drive home.

And, with McGranahan agreeing to let them hit Panda Express on the way back, the Wolves were off to scamper through the rain drops, hauling in fly balls and holding group sing-a-longs.

In another small “win,” the game will also be transformed from a road affair to a home game, giving Coupeville fans that much more softball to watch live in person.

Before the bus rumbled out of the parking lot, the two school’s Athletic Directors had conferred and rescheduled Monday’s game, moving it to May 3.

It will now be part of a doubleheader on Coupeville’s Senior Night.

Game one (the one postponed Monday) kicks off at 3 PM that day, then farewell festivities for the 14 seniors involved (four from CHS, 10 from SHS) will be held, before the regularly-scheduled game caps things.

And what about me, you ask?

I got a nice dinner at Claim Jumper’s out of the trip, courtesy Coupeville parents, so I’m fine. Thanks for asking.

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Returning from injury, Lily Leedy had three hits Saturday as Coupeville’s JV softball squad played an off-Island doubleheader. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The odds were not in their favor.

The Coupeville High School JV softball squad invaded Dry Creek Elementary School in Port Angeles Saturday with a thin roster and two big-time 2A foes awaiting them.

But, while the Wolves fell 18-1 to Sequim and 19-3 to Port Angeles, the experience may pay off down the road for a team of talented, but still-developing players.

Sitting at 3-5 after the doubleheader sweep, Coupeville’s young guns have three games left on their schedule.

They face Cedar Park Christian on the road Apr. 29, then close with a home doubleheader May 2 against Burlington-Edison.

Saturday, the Wolves couldn’t plate as many runners as they might have liked, but they did sting the ball to the tune of 10 hits across the afternoon.

Lily Leedy, Abby Meyers, and Audrianna Shaw each collected three base-knocks apiece, with Leedy getting all of hers in one game against Port Angeles.

It was a nice bounce-back for the feisty freshman, who had missed several games after being bonked in the head by a wayward throw during warm-ups.

McKenna Somes rounded out the hit parade with a single against Sequim, while also being praised by CHS coach Greg Thomas for her work on defense in the twin-bill.

“She had a strong performance behind the plate,” he said.

Heidi Meyers, Tariana Hunter, Kylie Van Velkinburgh, Morgan Stevens, and Ivy Leedy also saw major playing time in the two games.

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Katelin McCormick and CHS tennis are scheduled to play three times in four days next week. Will Mother Nature cooperate? (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Push for the playoffs.

All five Coupeville High School spring sports programs are currently in line to send their team, or individual players, to the postseason.

For baseball, its playoff dreams are front and center this coming week.

The Wolf diamond men close the regular season with a three-game series against Granite Falls, playing at home Monday and Friday and on the road Wednesday.

They’ll enter that series needing just one win to clinch the fourth, and final, playoff berth from the North Sound Conference.

Meanwhile, softball, which is fighting for a league title, gets what could be an easy week, with games Monday at Sultan and Tuesday at home against South Whidbey.

Those two teams are in the cellar of the league standings, offering Coupeville a chance to get in, win, and get out, while maintaining their chase of Granite Falls.

Wolf soccer and track close the regular season, Tuesday at home against South Whidbey, and Thursday at Langley, respectively.

And tennis?

If the weather holds, they could play more matches in a four-day period next week than they have all season.

The netters have been limited to two full contests, and one against Granite Falls which was postponed mid-match by the arrival of liquid sunshine.

But, with the hope of sun on everyone’s minds, the Wolves are slated to spend a lot of time on the bus, with road trips Tuesday (King’s), Thursday (South Whidbey), and Friday (Friday Harbor).

As everyone preps for the week ahead, a look at where we sit with all games complete through Apr. 20:

 

North Sound Conference softball:

School League Overall
Granite Falls 6-1 9-5
Coupeville 4-2 7-6
CPC-Bothell 3-3 8-4
Sultan 1-4 1-7
South Whidbey 1-5 4-8

 

North Sound Conference baseball:

School League Overall
CPC-Bothell 12-0 16-1
South Whidbey 10-2 15-2
King’s 7-5 8-9
Coupeville 4-8 4-12
Granite Falls 2-10 4-13
Sultan 1-11 1-16

 

North Sound Conference girls tennis:

School League Overall
King’s 4-0 5-0
South Whidbey 3-1 3-4
Granite Falls 1-2 2-5
Coupeville 0-2 0-2
Friday Harbor 0-3 0-3

 

North Sound Conference boys soccer:

School League Overall
South Whidbey 6-0 10-1
King’s 5-1 6-2-1
Coupeville 3-4 5-7
Sultan 2-4 3-9
CPC-Bothell 0-7 0-9

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Sarah Wright cracked an inside-the-park two-run home-run Saturday as Coupeville softball pasted Meridian 11-1. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was a message, loud and clear.

Playing under blue skies on the prairie Saturday, the Coupeville High School softball team put visiting Meridian down hard, rolling to an 11-1 win thanks to a hail of extra-base hits.

In the moment, it’s just one win, and a non-conference one at that, but it was a warning to a school the Wolves might face in the playoffs, and a shot in general across the bow of the Northwest Conference.

Now 7-6, after winning for the third time in its last four games, Coupeville first turns its attention to chasing a league title.

The Wolves are nipping at the heels of North Sound Conference leader Granite Falls, and begin a final six-game stretch of regular-season contests with games Monday and Tuesday against cellar dwellers Sultan and South Whidbey.

After that comes the district playoffs, an eight-team double-elimination tourney May 16 & 18, which pits the five NSC teams against the four NWC squads in the pursuit of three tickets to state.

Coupeville has its win against Meridian, and a narrow 9-6 loss at Lynden Christian, but doesn’t face Mount Baker or Nooksack Valley during the regular season.

The game against Meridian was delayed a week by rain, and the weather looked iffy for much of Saturday morning.

But five minutes before the first pitch, the clouds peeled away, the sun came pouring in, followed soon after by a never-ending stream of bubbles from somewhere around the first-base dugout, and the Wolves started flexing their biceps.

In the early going, CHS showed off an uncanny ability to deliver the goods with no room for error, building a lead it would never relinquish.

With Emma Mathusek rocking back and forth at first-base after eking out a walk, the Wolves dropped three consecutive two-out RBI base-knocks, using all three parts of the field.

Sarah Wright smashed a single to center, Mollie Bailey lobbed a single to right, then Veronica Crownover pasted a double to left, leaving Meridian’s pitcher reeling, and trailing 3-0 on the scoreboard.

While the Trojans eventually got out of that jam thanks to a nice snag to rob Nicole Laxton on a liner, things had been set in motion.

Coupeville added another run in the third, on a two-out Crownover RBI single, before smashing things open in the fourth inning.

Scout Smith cracked a majestic, run-scoring double to kick things off, then came around to score herself on a Chelsea Prescott ground-out.

Meridian tried to pull off an inning-ending double play on the ball, but Smith, pulling off some Matrix-style moves, limbo’d under the tag to the delight of her boisterous fan section.

Not only did her heroics add another run to the big board, they kept the inning alive, giving Sarah Wright a chance to go big time.

Coupeville’s catcher got a day off behind the plate, playing third while Bailey caught, so her legs might have been a little more limber than if she had been crouched down all day.

Or maybe she’s just that quick all the time.

Tagging a shot to right field, Wright hit maximum warp speed three steps towards the first-base bag and never let up, crashing around the base-paths for a legit two-run, inside-the-park home run.

Her third tater of the season (the first two cleared the fence) it staked the Wolves to an 8-0 lead and raised the idea of the 10-run mercy rule being visible on the horizon.

It would take a little bit longer to get there, though, as Meridian snuffed out a rally in the fifth.

The Trojans robbed Laxton for a second time, intercepting a missile back up the middle and turning it into a surprise double-play.

The visitors also scraped together a single, lonely run in the top of the sixth, thanks to a couple of walks and a couple of artfully-placed bunts, but Coupeville’s defense remained stingy.

Freshman hurler Izzy Wells, who whiffed five (and drilled one unlucky Trojan with an especially nasty, tear-inducing fastball gone rogue) made a nice play on a liner back to the circle.

Very next pitch, it was Crownover’s turn to snag a hot shot in the air at first-base, and, just like that, Meridian’s scoring was over and done.

While they couldn’t end the game in five innings, the Wolves got the job done in the sixth, plating the first three hitters to approach the plate.

Wells conked a double to left to lead off the frame, bouncing the ball off the wall on one hop, before Smith hammered an RBI single up the middle, and Emma Mathusek got medieval.

Moments before being asked to Prom by CHS baseball star Gavin Knoblich, the Wolf center-fielder thumped an RBI triple and almost (but not quite) made the turn like she wanted to match Wright’s inside-the-park round-tripper.

Mathusek got to come home a moment later, anyway, as Prescott once again put the ball exactly in the right place.

While she didn’t get a base hit on the day, the sophomore shortstop placed both of her RBI ground-outs precisely where the Meridian fielder was unable to nail the runner coming home.

If Mathusek’s slide into home wasn’t as graceful as the one by Smith, it was still pretty dang crowd-pleasing.

Rumbling and stumbling, she did the world’s most-awkward, yet effective, half-cartwheel, reaching back to tap her hand on the plate as she crashed by in a tangle of body parts.

The final run capped a day in which eight of 10 Wolves reached base, six had hits, and six collected RBI’s.

Smith (2B, 1B), Crownover (2B, 1B) and Wright (1B, 1B, HR) led the hit parade, with Mathusek (3B), Wells (2B), and Bailey (1B) all collecting base-knocks.

Chloe Wheeler and Mackenzie Davis both walked, while Prescott racked up two RBI, joining Wright (3), Crownover (2), Smith (2), Mathusek (1), and Bailey (1) as run-producers.

And Laxton, who was flat-out robbed twice of big hits by quick (and lucky) Meridian gloves, and Coral Caveness, in street clothes as she recovers from being drilled in the funny bone a game earlier?

They sung as loudly as anyone in the post-game victory song, smiles stretching across the prairie, basking in the glow of their teammate’s achievements and ready to get some of their own next time out.

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Maddie Georges (left) and Karyme Castro endure the rain while pursuing their softball dreams. (Suzan Georges photos)

Georges and Sofia Peters share a moment with a friendly rival.

Our game, our Island.

At every level this spring, Coupeville is ruling the softball field, and taking special delight in bushwhacking Oak Harbor, their big-city neighbors to the North.

Thursday night the latest beat-down came courtesy the Central Whidbey Little League Juniors squad, which rolled up the Island and torched North Whidbey 20-8.

The win lifts the Wolves to 4-0 on the season, not surprising for a team which has outscored its rivals 78-23.

Central Whidbey came out primed to rumble Thursday, dropping runs in every inning, with nine of 13 players scoring at least once.

The Wolves put up four in the top of the first, and kept the scoreboard humming all night, with six runs in the second, two in the third, then eight in the fourth to spring the 10-run mercy rule.

Everyone swung the bat well, with the 2-3-4-5 hitters particularly dangerous.

Savina Wells and Melanie Navarro paced the Wolves with three hits apiece, both blasting a double and two singles, while Jill Prince had a double and single, and Sofia Peters whacked a pair of singles.

The battlin’ Lucero sisters rounded out the hit attack, as Allie plunked a double and Maya drilled a single, with Cypress Socha, Prince, and Peters walking twice apiece.

Central Whidbey had 11 walks to go with its 12 hits, as Gwen Gustafson, Hayley Fiedler, Vivian Farris, Maddie Georges, and Allie Lucero also earned free passes.

Adrian Burrows and Karyme Castro also saw playing time for the Wolves, who kicked off a three-game road trip Thursday night.

The squad travels to Sedro-Woolley Apr. 20, then faces South Skagit Apr. 25, not returning to play at Rhododendron Park again until Apr. 27.

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