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Wolves open district today | Fastpitch
The first time the Coupeville and Meridian fastpitch teams met this season, little was on the line. This time the pair will battle to keep their seasons alive.
The Wolves (7-13) meet Meridian (7-13) at 4 p.m. in Coupeville Thursday, May 10, in a loser-out, district play-in game.
Way back on March 14, Meridian stopped Coupeville 14-8 in a non-league game.
The winner of Thursday's match advances to play Nooksack Valley (18-2) at noon at Sedro Woolley's Janaki Field. Lynden Christian (8-11) and Friday Harbor (12-5) also meet at noon Saturday. At 2 p.m. the winners meet for the district title and the losers square off to determine the third and final seed into the tri-district tournament.
Coupeville wrapped up the regular season with a 13-6 loss at Sultan (2-15) Tuesday, May 8.
Things started well for the Wolves with two runs in the first on singles by Madeline Roberts, Ali Trumbull, Hailey Hammer and Bree Messner.
After the Turks scored three in the bottom of the first, Coupeville went back in front with two runs in the second.
Base hits by Chevy Reyes, Haley Sherman, Roberts and Trumbull produced the runs.
After eight hits in the first two innings, the Wolves went down in order over the next three innings. For Sultan, it was a different story as the Turks scored five runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings.
In the seventh, Coupeville rallied when Madeline Strasburg singled, Taya Boonstra walked and Roberts singled to load the bases with no outs.
McKayla Bailey singled in two runs, then after a ground out, the uprising was cut down when two base runners were thrown out trying to advance on a wild pitch.
Co-coach David King said, "Sultan just out played us and played a great game. They earned the win.
"We need to regroup...and minimize the mental mistakes…The great thing about our team is we do not quit and we will battle until that last out."
King also lauded the play of McKenzie Kooch. Starting catcher Bessie Walstad broke her thumb Monday, then backup Messner was injured against Sultan. Kooch, just returning from an injury that kept her sidelined for about three weeks, "did a great job behind the plate," King said.
Roberts collected three singles, and Trumbull had two and two RBI. Bailey, Hammer, Messner, Sydney Aparicio, Reyes, Sherman and Strasburg added singles.