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Coupeville bats heat up to help salvage split | Softball

By JIM WALLER
Whidbey News-Times Sports editor
May 6, 2013 · 10:10 AM
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After dropping the first game of the double header 11-2, everyone got involved in Coupeville's 17-8 win in the second game against Archbishop Murphy Friday, May 3, in Everett.

The Wolves pounded out 20 hits in the game two; every starter had at least one hit and six players finished with two or more.

The win also snapped an eight-game losing streak.

The second-game assault began in the first inning as Coupeville scored five runs on only two hits. Four walks, an error and singles by Hailey Hammer and McKayla Bailey produced the runs.

The Wolves picked up a run in the third on singles by Bessie Walstad and Bailey and an error.

Archbishop Murphy came back to take a 7-6 lead with a single run in the second, two in the third and four in the fourth. Two 2-run home runs by Gemma Miller and a solo shot by Anna Whitehouse led the comeback.

Coupeville responded by scoring 11 runs over the final three innings.

In a three-run fifth, Bailey walked and Madi Strasburg and Haley Sherman singled to load the bases. One run scored on Chevy Reyes' ground out. Madi Roberts' infield single reloaded the bases, then RBI singles by Sydney Aparicio and Maria Rockwell plated two runs.

After a six-run sixth, Coupeville netted two more runs in the seventh. Bailey walked followed by singles by Sherman, Reyes and Strasburg.

Rockwell finished with three hits, a double, three RBI and the pitching win.

Roberts added three hits and two RBI, and Strasburg and Sherman had three hits and an RBI each.

Reyes and Hammer had two hits; Reyes also had four RBI and Hammer one.

Co-coach David King said the game was sprinkled with "weird plays" and "outstanding plays."

King was pleased with his team's two-strike approach, something the Wolves have emphasized in practice.

The big win wasn't all offense. Coupeville had zero errors and King noted two outstanding plays: Roberts' perfect throw to the plate to cut down a run and Bailey's extra-base-hit robbing catch in the outfield.

The offensive explosion came after the Wolves had only two runs and six hits in game one.

One run came in the fourth when Bailey doubled and Walstad singled her home.

In the seventh, Sherman and Julia Felici reached on errors and Sherman scored on Monica Vidoni's ground out.

Rockwell had two hits and Roberts, Aparicio, Hammer and Walstad one each.

It was a 2-1 game until the Wildcats (7-8, 7-10) scored four runs in the fifth.

Coupeville (5-12, 6-12) wraps up the regular season this week. Granite Falls (11-5, 12-6) comes to town at 4 p.m. Tuesday, and then the Wolves go to Sultan (7-9, 8-10) at 4 p.m. Thursday.

The district tournament runs Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, at Sedro-Woolley.

 

 

 

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