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Murphy builds early lead to defeat Wolves | Baseball

Coupeville second baseman Drew Chan awaits a throw during an attempted steal by Archbishop Murphy Monday. - Jim Waller / Whidbey News-Times
Coupeville second baseman Drew Chan awaits a throw during an attempted steal by Archbishop Murphy Monday.
— image credit: Jim Waller / Whidbey News-Times

Archbishop Thomas Murphy scored four runs in each of the first two innings to cruise by the Coupeville High School baseball team 13-2 at Robert Sherman Field Monday, April 8.

Coupeville coach Willie Smith said his team wasn't focused at the beginning the game, and the defending state champion and current Cascade Conference first-place team made them pay.

While the Murphy (10-0, 11-1) offense piled up 13 hits, Wildcat starter Derrick Mahlum struck out eight in four innings to suppress any Coupeville comeback attempt.

Down 11-0 in the fourth, the Wolves finally scored. Cole Payne scorched a pinch single, then with two outs, scored on an error.

In the fifth, Ben Etzell and Morgan Payne singled. Etzell eventually scored on a ground out by Aaron Trumbull.

Etzell collected two hits; and Jake Tumblin, Joey Edwards, Korbin Korzan and the Payne brothers had one each.

Coupeville (4-6, 5-6) and Archbishop Murphy meet two more times this week at a 4 p.m., first at Everett Wednesday and then in Coupeville Friday.

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