Wolves challenging for playoffs

"The Coupeville girls' softball team is making a strong challenge to reach the Class A district playoffs.^Tuesday, the Wolves walloped host Darrington 13-1 to even their Northwest A League record at 4-4. Coupeville, entering yesterday's game with Friday Harbor, is just a half-game out of third place. The top three teams enter the Quad District Tournament later next month.^We're definitely not out of it, said Coupeville coach Randy Dickson. This is pretty new to our girls. None of them have been to a playoff, or in a stretch run before. The seniors are pretty determined to get to district.^The Wolves showed some of that determination against Darrington, pounding out 12 hits. Coupeville wrapped up the contest with seven runs in the top of the sixth.^Amahra Leaman, who had a shoulder injury in the first half of the season, was back in the Coupeville lineup and her presence was an important factor. Leaman had two hits and drove in three runs.^She gives us an experienced bat and provides experience up the middle for us. She works real well with our shortstop (Rachelle Solomon), Dickson said.^Coupeville committed just one error against Darrington.^Dickson likes his team's chances of reaching the playoffs. Coupeville still has eight games left, but just three are in league play.^We have everyone back now and we're healthy, he said. I' m excited to get into these games with a full squad. Our bench players now have a lot of varsity experience.^WOLVES' BLANKED: There was some good news and some bad news Tuesday for the Coupeville baseball team, which lost to Darrington 3-0. The positive side was that the Wolves played well defensively and had adequate pitching. On the negative side, the Wolves didn't hit enough and made costly baserunning errors.^Defensively we were O.K., Coupeville coach Willie Smith said. But baserunning mistakes hurt us, which is something we haven't done all season. It seems like we find a different way to lose every time.^Justin Barnes scattered four hits and gave up two runs before giving way to J.D. Myers in the sixth inning.^I was really happy with our pitching, Smith said.^The loss dropped Coupeville to 2-6 in league play.^CATS' EDGED: Edmonds-Woodway, the 4-A Western Conference soccer leader, topped Oak Harbor 1-0 Wednesday. It was the second time the teams had a defensive battle. Earlier this season Oak Harbor and Edmonds-Woodway battled to a scoreless tie.^Dale Kellet scored the goal for Edmonds-Woodway, which is 5-1-0 in league. Oak Harbor dropped to 2-3-0. The Wildcats host Kamiak Tuesday night.^^"

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