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Coupeville grad Joey Lippo is playing college baseball in Maine. (Photo courtesy Connie Lippo)

He’s in there fighting.

While the University of Maine at Presque Isle baseball squad is still looking for its first win this spring, Coupeville grad Joey Lippo is putting up decent numbers.

After being swept in back-to-back doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday by Northern Vermont-Lyndon, the Owls sit at 0-14 with one block of games left on their schedule.

UMPI closes its pandemic-shortened season with five games against the University of Maine-Farmington, set to be played May 7-10.

While the Owls couldn’t topple Northern Vermont-Lyndon, Lippo was a busy guy this weekend, patrolling the outfield, coming out of the bullpen in two of four games, and swinging a big bat at the plate.

The former Wolf star collected four hits, four runs, four RBI, and two base on balls during the series.

On the season, Lippo has played in 13 games (pitching in three), while racking up 42 at-bats, 10 hits, six RBI, five runs, and four walks (including being plunked once.)

He’s tied for #2 on the UMPI hardball squad in hits and RBI, tied for #3 in runs, walks, and batting average, and #4 in at-bats.

The twin brother of dance sensation Skyy Lippo, Joey was a three-sport standout during his days in Coupeville, playing tennis, basketball, and baseball.

He also joined his sister on the stage in several productions, and was an accomplished ice hockey player in his spare time.

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Former Wolf Joey Lippo is playing college baseball in Maine. (Photo courtesy Connie Lippo)

Joey Lippo had a strong Sunday, but it wasn’t quite enough to save his team.

The Coupeville High School grad racked up two hits, scored a run, and knocked in another, but the University of Maine at Presque Isle fell 6-4 to host Husson University.

The loss drops the Owls to 0-10 on the season, while the high-flying Eagles sit at 15-4.

Lippo lashed an RBI single to right in the top of the second Sunday, but UMPI couldn’t hold on to an early 2-1 lead.

Husson broke things open with a four-run surge in the bottom half of the inning, then held on when the Owls rallied late.

UMPI pushed two runs across in the top of the seventh, and final, inning to tighten things up, with Lippo singling and coming around to score.

On the season, the former Wolf is third on his team in hits (six) and RBI (two), while playing strong defense in the outfield.

Lippo has also appeared as a pitcher, throwing 1.1 innings for the Owls, who play at the NCAA D-III level.

UMPI has 10 games left on its schedule, with five games apiece against Northern Vermont University-Lyndon (April 30-May 2) and the University of Maine-Farmington (May 6-10).

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Joey Lippo, back in his younger days. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Well, at least one guy on the roster is raking.

Get eight other hitters to swing bats like Coupeville’s Joey Lippo is, and the ol’ win/loss record will take a marked improvement.

The baseball squad at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, an NCAA D-III school, is scuffling a bit as it looks for its first victory.

The Owls, who opened March 27, then had eight games postponed thanks to the pandemic, got back at it the past two days, playing a pair of doubleheaders against Thomas College.

Unfortunately, UMPI, with a still-depleted roster, lost two games Sunday and another two Monday to fall to 0-5 at the quarter mark of what currently sits as a 20-game campaign.

Lippo has been doing his part, however, both at the plate and in the field.

With a stick in his hands, the former Wolf three-sport star is hitting a cool .300, and is among team leaders in several offensive categories.

Coupeville’s progeny has seen action in four games, racking up 12 plate appearances, 10 at-bats, three hits, an RBI, and a .364 on-base percentage.

In the field, Lippo has been patrolling the outfield for UMPI, already showing off a strong arm.

He gunned down one runner heading into second, and seemed to have another rival beaten, with his throw reaching third before the incoming runner arrived.

Whether the tag was a split-second late, or the local ump was missing his seeing-eye dog, Lippo was denied an assist on the play, but shrugged it off and moved on with his day.

UMPI returns to action April 22-25, when it faces off with Husson University for five games in four days.

The Owls have similar five-game stands scheduled against Northern Vermont University-Lyndon (April 30-May 2) and the University of Maine-Farmington (May 6-10).

During his days in Coupeville, Lippo played tennis, basketball, and baseball for the Wolves.

While he plays college hardball, twin sister Skyy is studying dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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Former Wolf Joey Lippo is traveling from Coupeville to Maine to pursue his baseball dreams. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Baseball is taking Joey Lippo on another road trip.

The Coupeville High School grad is joining the diamond program at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, an NCAA D-III school.

The Owls, who are coached by Roger Stinson, are part of the 12-team North Atlantic Conference, which covers Maine, Vermont, and New York.

The last time UMPI played a baseball game was April 29, 2019, as the school’s entire 2020 season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NAC Athletic Directors have said they will meet in February to decide how the 2021 season will progress.

“I’m not sure what the season looks like but we are hopeful to play a full season,” Lippo said.

For now, he’ll continue his studies in agricultural science and business, while acclimating to a new school.

Lippo most recently attended Green River College in Auburn, where he was on the baseball team with fellow Whidbey grads C.J. Smith, James Besaw, and Hunter Smith.

At UMPI, the former Wolf rejoins Bailey Corley, a teammate on the Seattle Bombers select squad.

“My friend from summer ball got me in touch with the coach, and the school had what I wanted to study,” Lippo said.

He expects to play mostly in the outfield, but adds, “I’m a utility player, so wherever I’m needed.”

During his time in Coupeville, Lippo played tennis, basketball, and baseball.

He was a First-Team All-Conference selection on the diamond, and teamed with William Nelson to compete as the #1 doubles duo for the Wolf tennis team.

Joey’s twin sister, Skyy, is attending The University of Missouri-Kansas City on a dance scholarship.

UMPI is a public university which was founded in 1903 as the Aroostook State Normal School.

After three other name changes over the years, the school has been known as the University of Maine at Presque Isle since 1971.

Alumni at the school include three members of the Maine House of Representatives, as well as grappler James “Chico” Hernandez.

A world champion in the sport of Sambo wrestling, which is based on Soviet martial arts, he was featured on the front of boxes of Wheaties Energy Crunch in 2001.

Hernandez, who coached the wrestling team at his alma mater, has earned 15 world titles, 53 international titles, and 36 USA national titles across eight combat sports.

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