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Wolves beat Tigers 7-2

Coupeville High School starting pitcher Jason Bagby gave up a one-out homerun to Brandon Brown in the top of the first inning, but then settled down.

The Wolves scored two runs in the bottom of the first, three in the bottom of the second and two more in the bottom of the sixth to beat Granite Falls 7-2 in Wednesday Cascade Conference baseball action.

The sophomore right-hander pitched six innings before tiring with two out in the top of the sixth and coach Willie Smith brought in Alex Evans in relief.

“Jason pitched six strong innings,” Smith said. “He had a really good outing for this early in the season but he was up to about 95 pitches, so I decided to take him out.”

With two out and the bases loaded, Evans struck out Julian Gamache to end the threat.

“That was a huge strikeout on their leadoff batter,” Smith said.

Senior shortstop James Smith drove in a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning as part of the three-run uprising that put Coupeville ahead to stay.

“We came out pretty good and I had a lot of backup behind me in the field,” a smiling Bagby said after the game.

Coach Smith said he liked the way the Coupeville batters worked the count against Granite Falls pitchers Chris Reed and Adam Lau.

“We were really comfortable going deep into the count and hitting the ball with two strikes on us,” he said. “We weren’t just poking at the ball, either, we were hitting it hard. We were really strong defensively and I like the focus and enthusiasm we have.”

Smith said Monday’s game with the Tigers was called after five innings of play due to rain with the score tied 2-2. The game was made up yesterday as part of a doubleheader in Granite Falls.

Coupeville’s next home game is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, against Archbishop Murphy.

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