Back in the swing of things

Nikki Griffin hadn’t stepped in the pitching circle for what seemed like ages, but it certainly wasn’t evident in Monday’s doubleheader with Darrington.

Returning to play for the first time in three weeks, the freshman put spring vacation, several rain outs and any question of being rusty behind her, earning 9-0 and 7-4 league victories over the Loggers.

“Nikki was steady for us,” CHS head coach Jim Wheat said. “She’s been dying to get out there and pitch for us again.”

Griffin’s dominance showed from the get-go as she didn’t allow a single hit in the first of two five-inning contests.

“I don’t even know what to say,” said Griffin, of her first high school no-hitter. “My defense helped me so much, if they wouldn’t have been on like they were it wouldn’t have happened.”

The Wolves’ defense, which had troubles in its previous league games, was solid. They retired the Loggers on three consecutive outs in three of the five innings and had three minor errors.

Griffin’s control, however, was also key. In past games she had trouble with walks, but only gave up one in the first game.

“Toward the end I started getting pretty tired, but at the beginning of both games I was feeling really good,” Griffin said.

Although the Wolves’ pitching and defense were great, so was the hitting — an area that they struggled in up until Monday.

Coupeville cranked out seven hits in the first game and seven more in the second. Eight of nine hitters had at least one hit in the two games.

“A lot of the girls needed that,” Wheat said. “They were starting to feel pretty down in that regard.”

The Wolves jumped out to a quick lead in game one getting a walk from sophomore leadoff hitter Kayla Smith, followed by an RBI single from senior Maria Bottenberg. Senior Megan King tacked on an RBI ground out and the Wolves scored two more runs via wild pitches to take a 4-0 lead after one.

Coupeville continued to add on over the following four innings, with the help of three more RBI singles from Griffin, Bottenberg and King.

Bottenberg was 2-for-3 in the first game with two RBI and King was 1-for-3 with one RBI.

Coupeville 401 04 — 9 7 3

Darrington 000 00 — 0 0 1

Griffin and Murdy. Green and Thompson. WP-Griffin. LP-Green.

Game two

Coupeville did virtually the same thing with its bats in the second game. Griffin had an RBI double and freshmen Silver Daher and Amanda Murdy, along with King all contributed RBI singles to take a 5-0 lead in the first inning.

Darrington broke onto the scoreboard for the first time in the top of the second, scoring on a double steal of home.

Coupeville countered with two more runs in the bottom half of the inning, scoring on a double steal of home of its own and an error.

The Loggers didn’t give in, however, as they rallied for three runs in the top of the fifth and left the tying run at the plate. Darrington used three hits, a walk and an error to make things interesting.

Coupeville improved to 2-2 in the Northwest A/B with the win and 4-5 overall. Monday’s games were the first for the Wolves in over two weeks. Rain outs forced them to cancel their last two league games with Friday Harbor and Concrete. Those games are yet to be rescheduled.

“With that rain out schedule, you’re living at 0-2 and it’s just tough,” Wheat said. “So in one day, to come back and get to .500, is just a really good feeling.”

The Wolves return to action at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 20 against 2A Meridian.

Darrington 010 03 — 4 2 4

Coupeville 520 0x — 7 7 4

Griffin and Murdy. Green and Thompson. WP-Griffin. LP-Green.

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