Wolves run into hot bats | Fastpitch
By JIM WALLER
Whidbey News Times Sports editor
April 13, 2012 · 8:54 AM
Lakewood and Archbishop Murphy used big offensive days to defeat the Coupeville fastpitch team this week as the Cougars won 10-4 at home Tuesday and the Wildcats 16-10 in Coupeville Thursday.
At Lakewood, Coupeville opened the game with a run in the first on singles by Ali Trumbull and Hailey Hammer.
The Cougars scored one in the first and then added four in the fourth with the help of an error, three walks and a hit batter.
The Wolves made it 5-2 in the third when Hammer singled, went second on Bre Messner's hit and eventually scored on a pass ball.
The Cougars (6-2), who finished with 11 hits, built the lead to 10-2 going into the seventh when the Wolves added their final two runs. Hammer started the inning with her fourth single and Messner her second. After an error off the bat of Haley Sherman, another error scored Hammer. McKayla Bailey followed with an RBI double.
The Wolves left the bases loaded twice and left two on in two other innings. Co-coach David King said they "couldn't get the clutch base hit to keep the rallies going."
Archbishop Murphy (3-6) slugged 16 hits and scored four runs in three different innings to outlast the Wolves.
Coupeville pounded 10 hits but the offense went dry in the middle innings with nine straight batters were retired.
The Wolves tied it at 1 in the first when Madeline Roberts walked, moved up on a pair of wild pitches and scored on Trumbull's ground out.
Murphy scored four in the second and Coupeville responded with two. McKenzie Kooch go on on an error, Roberts singled with two outs, then an error on Bailey's grounder scored one run and Trumbull's single scored another.
The Wildcats went up 12-3 before Coupeville got back into the game with a six-run sixth. Hammer reached on an error and Bessie Walstad walked. Hammer scored on a wild pitch and Kooch walked. Walstad scored on Sydney Aparicio's ground out, then Maddie Strasburg doubled in Kooch. Strasburg scored on Robert's single and Bailey walked. Roberts scored on a wild pitch and Bailey on Trumbull's single.
ATM scored four runs in the seventh on four walks, a hit batter, an error and only one hit to put the game away.
Coupeville scored one in the seventh on hits by Sherman and Strasburg.
Strasburg finished 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Trumbull had two hits and three RBI, and Roberts and Hammer each had a pair of singles.
Coupeville (3-5, 4-6) goes to Granite Falls (7-1) at 4 p.m. Monday, April 16.Contact Whidbey News Times Sports editor Jim Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-675-6611 ext. 5060.