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Wolves pass first test

 Laura Crandall pitched over four innings of nearly flawless relief. She struck out six, gave up one hit, three walks and no runs in Coupeville’s 8-2 victory over Shoreline Christian on Tuesday afternoon. - Jim Woolbright / staff photo
Laura Crandall pitched over four innings of nearly flawless relief. She struck out six, gave up one hit, three walks and no runs in Coupeville’s 8-2 victory over Shoreline Christian on Tuesday afternoon.
— image credit: Jim Woolbright / staff photo

It didn’t take long for the Coupeville Wolves fastpitch team to return to the winning ways of last season, defeating non-league opponent Shoreline Christian 8-2 on Tuesday afternoon.

“The first games are good for getting back in the mindset, so the girls are back catching up to what’s going on and not making baserunning errors,” head coach Randy Dickson said. “At least we have some non-league games to work on that this year.”

With the game tied 2-2 going into the bottom of the third, the Wolves took control of the contest, scoring four runs in their half of the inning. The third was highlighted by a line-drive 2 RBI single from Carly Guillory, which scored Ashley Ginnetti and Lindsey Tucker.

Laura Crandall also helped the Coupeville cause coming in midway through the third and virtually shutting the Crusader bats down for the remainder of the game. She struck out the side in the fourth inning and showed an impressive amount of focus in the sixth. After walking the first two batters of the inning, Crandall came back to strike out the next two hitters and forced a groundout to end the Crusader rally.

“I could of had to make a move to my number three (pitcher) there and she was able to comeback and get it together,” Dickson said.

Over four and one-third innings Crandall struck out six batters and gave up one hit, three walks and no runs.

The Wolves’ six-run win was helped out significantly by Shoreline Christian, who committed four errors, gave up three unearned runs and walked one run in. Dickson feels in order for the Wolves to continue to their winning ways, they will need to focus more on their hitting.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do still, we could have hit the ball a little better,” he said.

Ginnetti received one RBI on a two out single in the second, while Christine Larson had a bases loaded walk and a RBI single in the fifth, to collect two RBIs for the day.

Coupeville was without the services of three players for their first contest, but all were eligible for yesterday’s game against Lakewood. Erica Lamb and Beth Mouw, who were members of the state basketball team, should have made their return along with Brook Croghan who was out with a finger injury. Expect results from Friday’s game in the Wednesday edition of the News-Times.

Up next for the Wolves is a home game at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25 against league opponent Orcas Island.

Shoreline Ch. 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 4

Coupeville 0 2 4 1 1 0 x 8 6 2

Davis, Crandall (3) and Black. WP-Crandall.

Coupeville 1-0, Shoreline Christian 0-1.

You can reach News-Times sports editor Kevin Endejan at 675-6611 or via email at sports@whidbeynewstimes.com

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