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Sage Sharp was one of five CHS seniors to play their final home baseball game Friday. (Morgan White photo)

The end is here.

Well, at least one end.

The Coupeville High School varsity baseball team still has one last regular season game on the road to play, and then at least one playoff game.

But Friday marked the final time this season the Wolves will compete on their home field.

Playing on their own diamond for the final time, five CHS players had the moment captured on film by a bevy of snap-happy photographers.

Cody Roberts and family. (Morgan White photo)

L to r: Cole Hutchinson, Hawthorne Wolfe, Xavier Murdy, Sharp, Roberts. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Cole Hutchinson and his fan club. (Morgan White photo)

Xavier Murdy and associates. (Morgan White photo)

Wolf coach Will Thayer joins the celebration. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Hawthorne Wolfe offers a final goodbye. (Morgan White photo)

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Jack Porter and Coupeville bounced Friday Harbor to move into first place in the Northwest 2B/1B League. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Is there anything sweeter than hearing the fans of a rival team getting really, really quiet?

You know, that moment when all the bluster turns into sweet, sweet tears as the guys and gals in the wrong colors realize their ferry ride home is going to be a long, sad one.

Such was the plight for Friday Harbor fans Wednesday afternoon, as the sun faded over the prairie, and their baseball team’s unblemished league record got all dinged up.

Bushwhacked 11-8 by a Coupeville hardball squad which played fast, loose, and dangerous all day, the Wolverines fell out of first place in the Northwest 2B/1B League for the first time this season.

Now it’s the real Wolves, the ones sporting black and red, who sit atop the seven-team conference at 9-1 in league play, 11-5 overall.

Friday Harbor falls a half-game back at 8-1, and Coupeville’s win all but assures the teams will meet for a third time — at a neutral site — to decide which school will claim the NWL’s only berth to the 2B state tourney.

For now, the Wolves will briefly bask in the win, then immediately hit the road to play a non-conference tilt Thursday at South Whidbey.

Senior Night against Orcas Island is Friday, with a May 3 trip to Darrington wrapping the regular season.

Wednesday’s royal rumble under rare sunny skies meant everything for Coupeville, as a Friday Harbor win would have clinched that trip to state for the visitors.

The Wolverines stole a 3-2 win the first time around, courtesy a late-game meltdown by the CHS pitching staff, but the rematch was a different story.

Coupeville hurlers Hawthorne Wolfe and Scott Hilborn largely held Friday Harbor at bay, getting into a few sticky spots at times, but almost always finding a way back out.

That was true from the get-go, as the visitors loaded the bags in the top of the first when what would have been an inning-ending third strike kicked away from CHS catcher Xavier Murdy.

Showing no nerves, Hawk nodded.

X nodded.

And the duo promptly punched out the next batter to end things with the first sob breaking loose from the throat of a Friday Harbor fan.

Sparked by the wham-bam ending, the Wolves jumped on the Wolverines for three runs in the bottom half of the frame.

Wolfe singled, Jonathan Valenzuela walked, Hilborn beat out a chopper, then Murdy whacked a ball back up the middle which Friday Harbor misplayed into a two-run error.

After that Coupeville proved it didn’t know how to flinch, with Peyton Caveness and Sage Sharp both gritting their teeth as wayward pitches found random body parts.

Peyton Caveness reached base three times in the win.

Sharp’s walk the hard way pushed the lead out to 3-0 and gave a brief glimmer of hope that CHS might just 10-run the Wolverines.

Alas, it wasn’t to be, as Friday Harbor scraped its way back into the game, dumping three runs on the board in the second, and another tally in the third to reclaim the lead.

But, just as Friday Harbor fans started to puff out their chests and let loose with a lot of pro-Wolverine chatter, Coupeville punctured their dreams.

A couple of hits, a couple of walks, and a lot of aggressive running on the basepaths — which provoked Friday Harbor errors both physical and mental — allowed CHS to bolt back in front at 8-4 through three frames.

That was a lead the Wolves would never lose.

Friday Harbor sliced the margin to 8-5 in the fourth, then 8-7 through the top of the fifth, but time and again Coupeville proved resilient.

Wolfe sliced an RBI single to center to push the lead back to two runs, before the Wolves slapped home twice on face-first dives into home in the bottom of the sixth.

Murdy came crashing home hard on a wild pitch to make it 10-7, before Caveness hugged the plate after Cody Roberts bopped a long sac fly.

Down to their final outs, the visitors got one more run in the top of the seventh but watched their final baserunner wilt as Hilborn bore down to slam the door.

First he induced a groundout to Valenzuela at third, who came up with a gorgeous throw.

As the ball snapped into the waiting glove at first, there were “oohs” and “ahs” from Coupeville fans, and a “sweet son of a goat lickin’ whore!!” (or something close) from an especially-peeved Friday Harbor rooter.

Think how that dude felt when Hilborn erased the final batter with a strikeout, the bat missing the ball by a healthy six to eight inches?

Oh, enough sweet, salty Friday Harbor tears to fill all the bathtubs in Coupeville tonight!


Wednesday stats:

Peyton Caveness — 2 singles, 1 walk
Scott Hilborn — 1 single
Xavier Murdy — 2 singles
Cody Roberts — 1 walk
Sage Sharp — 1 single, 2 walks
Jonathan Valenzuela — 1 walk 
Cole White — 1 single, 1 walk
Hawthorne Wolfe — 3 singles

Hawthorne Wolfe smacked three hits Wednesday, and got the win as a pitcher.

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Scott Hilborn ignores the screams behind him and corrals a pop-up. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The sun was out, the ball was jumping off the bats, and the cameras were clicking.

The Coupeville High School varsity baseball squad pounded visiting Concrete in both games of a doubleheader Tuesday and photo clicker John Fisken was on hand to document the game one whuppin’.

The pics above and below are courtesy him, but there’s more.

To see everything Fisken shot, and ponder the possibility of purchasing some glossies for Gram and Gramps in Gig Harbor, pop over to:



Peyton Caveness gets down with his bad self.

Craig Anderson remembers a time when players pulled their dang pants up and wore stirrups on the diamond.

Jack Porter watches the ball soar to the heavens.

Cody Roberts deals.

Super fan Morgan White enjoys a rare sunny spring day on the prairie.

Xavier Murdy comes in hot.

“That’s it. No more photos, you bums. The exit is that way!”

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Xavier Murdy had two hits Tuesday as Coupeville clobbered Orcas Island. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

They like getting on base.

Rapping out nine hits Tuesday, then tacking on 12 walks, the Coupeville High School varsity baseball squad cruised to a big win on Orcas Island.

By the time the Wolves were done tapping home plate, they had a 16-4 win — in a game mercy-ruled after six innings — and headed home with their fourth victory in their last five games.

Now 4-1 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 5-4 overall, Coupeville sits a half-game out of first place in the NWL, trailing just defending champs Friday Harbor (4-0).

The Wolves get a few days off to enjoy spring break, returning to action Apr. 11 with a road trip to Sultan for a non-conference tilt.

Everyone chipped in Tuesday, with 10 different Wolves reaching base, and seven of those players slapping a hit.

Cody Roberts mashes.

Coupeville got out to a quick start, pushing three runs across in the top of the first thanks to singles from Hawthorne Wolfe and Scott Hilborn packaged around a walk to Jonathan Valenzuela.

Orcas scraped out a run in the bottom of the first, and another in the second, cutting the deficit to 3-2, before the Wolves slammed their foot on the gas pedal.

A six-run burst in the top of the third, keyed by a Xavier Murdy double and a single off of Jack Porter’s bat, busted things open.

From there, CHS cruised in for the win, tacking on three more runs in the fourth, before closing things out with a four-run rally in the sixth.

Wolf pitchers Cody Roberts and Hilborn combined to whiff nine Vikings, scattering five hits and not giving up more than a single run in any inning.


Tuesday stats:

Chase Anderson — 1 single, 1 walk
Peyton Caveness
— 1 walk
Scott Hilborn
— 2 singles, 1 walk
Alex Murdy
— 2 walks
Xavier Murdy
— 1 single, 1 double
Jack Porter
— 1 single
Cody Roberts
— 1 double, 1 walk
Sage Sharp
— 2 walks
Jonathan Valenzuela
— 1 single, 3 walks
Hawthorne Wolfe
— 1 single, 1 walk

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The present and future of Coupeville basketball hang out together, as Brady Sherman cheers on Xavier Murdy at the All-State game. (Deb Sherman photo)

Murdy (the #3 who’s fourth from the left) takes his place in the 2B all-star lineup. (Michele Murdy photo)

He played with the best and held his own.

Coupeville High School senior Xavier Murdy became the first Wolf boy in at least a decade-and-a-half to appear in the All-State basketball game Saturday.

While on the floor at Curtis High School, he pumped in 10 points, helping the 2B All-Stars thrash their 1B foes to the tune of 115-95.

It was the only game Saturday where the team repping the bigger classification won.

In later contests, the 1A all-stars beat the 2A team 109-99 and the 3A’s upended the 4A’s best 105-102.

The games, put on by the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association, featured many of the best seniors in the state.

This year the WIBCA also held a “futures” game Friday, starring selected juniors from big-city schools.

Murdy is the only player at any of the six levels to hail from this region and is the first Wolf to make an All-State basketball squad since Makana Stone was selected to the 1A girls team in 2016.

Having been tabbed as the Northwest 2B/1B League MVP after helping lead Coupeville to its most-successful season in decades, X-Man shared the court Saturday with standouts like Liberty’s Tayshawn Colvin and 2B state player of the year John Lustig of Colfax.

Murdy got his points in the all-star game in much the same way he did for the Wolves — by outworking others.

He opened with a short jumper in the paint, having corralled a loose ball in mid-air.

After draining a pair of free throws — set up by snatching an offensive rebound — Murdy put another rebound back up and in.

A jumper on the move and a bucket where he slashed to the glass, switching hands in mid-move to score with his left hand, capped his offensive outburst.

Murdy, who made his varsity hoops debut as a freshman, finished his CHS career with 482 points.

This season, capping his run with fellow seniors Logan Martin, Hawthorne Wolfe, Grady Rickner, and Caleb Meyer, X-Man helped the Wolves win their first league title since 2002.

The CHS boys also claimed their first district crown since 1970 and advanced to the state tourney for the first time since 1988.

Murdy scored 24 points against top-seeded Kalama and 10 against Lake Roosevelt as the Wolves pushed both teams to the final moments in their state matchups.

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