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Wolves blow past LaConner

photo by Jim WoolbrightCoupeville’s Erica Lamb slides in to score the Wolves’ first run in an 11-1 victory over LaConner last Friday. The Wolves scored 11 runs despite having just eight hits on the day. - Matt Moss
photo by Jim WoolbrightCoupeville’s Erica Lamb slides in to score the Wolves’ first run in an 11-1 victory over LaConner last Friday. The Wolves scored 11 runs despite having just eight hits on the day.
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If their first league game is any indication, the Coupeville softball team’s transition from slowpitch to fastpitch could go pretty well this season, or at least better than the rest of the teams in the Northwest A League.

The Wolves used a dominating performance from pitcher Sarah Mouw and solid hitting to knock off LaConner 11-1 in five innings last Friday. It was the squad’s first Northwest A game after the first three were postponed due to weather.

“It was good to get a game in, but we still don’t know what we have,” said head coach Randy Dickson. “The LaConner pitcher was more like a slow-pitch pitcher and our girls’ timing was off.”

The Wolves scored runs in every inning, including three in the first and four in the fifth. Mouw and reliever Vanessa Davis combined to allow just one hit and one run before the game was called after the fifth on account of the 10-run rule.

The switch to fastpitch has made the Northwest League a toss-up this season. Many of the squads are having trouble finding girls who can pitch effectively with the fastpitch style. Concrete defeated LaConner 26-25 last week in a game where neither team could get the ball over the plate.

“I looked at some league scores and Friday Harbor and Archbishop Murphy appear to have pretty good teams. Until we go through the league once we really don’t know where we are at,” said Dickson. “But I don’t think any other team had a pitcher transfer in from Iowa.”

That would be Mouw. The senior has been dominating on the mound in her first two contests, striking out eight in Coupeville’s victory over Sultan on March 13 and a bunch more against the Braves. Mouw has helped the Wolves’ volleyball and basketball teams reach the state tournament this year, but she might just make her biggest contribution in softball.

“Sarah’s been great,” said Dickson. “She’s happens to play a lot of sports but I look at her as a softball player who also plays basketball. She knows what she is doing out there and the girls listen to her.”

The Wolves’ victory over Concrete was the first of three straight home league games. They hosted Concrete yesterday and face Archbishop Murphy on Friday. Dickson hopes that the area is through with bad weather.

“The weather has been real frustrating,” he said. “This is the first time that we had to practice in the gym in four years. We were happy just to get outside.”

Besides the weather the only other thing the Dickson has had to worry about so far is the lack of action. Mouw has been so dominating in the pitcher’s circle that there just haven’t been many balls put in play.

“So far each of the girls are performing really well,” he said. “I think we have a solid defense and our hitting is coming around. My outfielders are complaining about being bored, but that’s not a bad problem.”

Coupeville 11, La Conner 1

At Coupeville

La Conner 000 10 - 1 1 4

Coupeville 322 14 - 11 8 0

Coone and Garland. Mouw, Davis (5) and Black. WP-Mouw (2-0). LP-Coone (0-2). Records-La Conner 0-2 in league, 0-2 overall. Coupeville 1-0, 2-0.

You can reach Sports Editor Matt Moss at 675-6611.

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