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Merchants finish with doubleheader split | Legion

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Coupeville's Wade Schaef dives safely back into first base against Snohomish.
— image credit: Jim Waller / Whidbey News-Times

After failing to hold the lead in the opening game of a doubleheader with visiting Snohomish Tuesday, July 10, the Coupeville Legion A baseball team withstood another Snohomish rally in game two to finish the summer season with a win.

Coupeville led 3-0 heading into the final inning against Snohomish in the first game, then Snohomish scored four runs in its final at bat to nab the unlikely win.

In the second game, Coupeville built a 7-0 lead then held on as Snohomish scored five runs over the final two innings in the Merchants' 7-5 victory.

Coupeville finished the season 8-9.

Game one was a game of missed opportunities as Coupeville left 10 men on base. In the fifth the Merchants had runners on second and third with no outs and failed to score. Down one heading into the bottom of the seventh, Coupeville's first two hitters reached base, but a double play and pop up ended the comeback attempt.

The Merchants scored one in the third when Jake Tumblin walked, stole second and third and scored on Morgan Payne's single. Coupeville added two in the fourth. Brian Norris singled, then with two outs, singles by Wade Schaef and Tumblin tallied the pair.

Josh Bayne pitched the first five-and-two-thirds innings, allowing no runs, four hits and three walks while fanning seven. Cole Payne took the loss in relief when in the seventh he was touched for four hits and a walk and the victim of an error.

Morgan Payne finished 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Tumblin had one hit, three stolen bases, a run and RBI. Aaron Trumbull also had a hit.

In game two, Coupeville scored one in the first and six in the fourth.

Once again Coupeville got a strong effort from its starting pitcher. Aaron Curtin struck out 11, including K'ing the first six Snohomish hitters, over five innings. He allowed two hits, no runs and no walks. Trumbull threw the final two innings.

The Merchants finished with six hits, two each by Curtin and Tumblin.

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