Two long balls defeat Coupeville

A third inning grand slam home run by Archbishop Murphy’s Jake Hines, and a solo blast by Jay Robinette in the top of the eighth inning spelled defeat for the Coupeville High School baseball

team Wednesday afternoon, as the Wildcats recorded a 7-6 Cascade Conference victory.

Hines hit his home run off after Wolves’ starting pitcher Jason Bagby walked three straight batters, while Robinette’s shot came on a two out, no ball and two strike count off relief pitcher Alex Evans.

“We just lost focus in two innings and that was the difference in the game,” coach Willie Smith said.

Trailing 4-0, the Wolf Pack began its comeback scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning.

Kramer O’Keefe led off with a bad-hop single over Wildcats’ first baseman Joey Clancey’s head, and Kyle Wilcox doubled off the base of the fence in left-center field to plate Coupeville’s first run.

Wilcox moved to third on an infield out and scored on James Smith’s bouncer to first base to make the score 4-2.

Archbishop Murphy upped the lead to 6-2 with a pair of runs on the top of the fourth inning on a hit batter, a double by Alex Ash and a throwing error.

Unfazed, Coupeville came back with a run in the bottom of the fourth on a two-out O’Keefe single that plated Zach Hauser, and added another run in the bottom of the fifth on a single by Evans that scored J.D Wilcox.

O’Keefe was 3-for-4 in the game with an RBI and two runs scored.

The Wolves tied the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on a one-out O’Keefe single, his third hit of the game, a walk to Kyle Wilcox and a two-run double by J.D Wilcox.

Coupeville had a chance to put the game away with runners on second and third and only one out, but were unable to score any more runs

“We had an unbelievable comeback and that was the thing I really liked,” coach Smith said. “We scored in four consecutive innings and that was great, but what we have to do is maintain that kind of intensity the whole game.”

Coupeville’s next home game is at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, against Cedarcrest.

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