Wolves split with Adna

What started out as a rough day for the Coupeville baseball team, couldn’t have ended on a more positive note Saturday night.

After losing the first game of a double-header 13-3 to Adna, the Wolves returned the favor with a 12-4 blowout of their own in game two.

“Overall, I feel like we made some big improvements this weekend,” CHS head coach Willie Smith said. “I felt like we were able to shut down a good hitting team in game two...”

Coupeville’s problems in the first game came late in the contest. Trailing 6-3 going into the top of the sixth inning, control became an issue. Pitcher Anthony LaPointe, who came in as relief in the fifth and worked out of a jam, didn’t have as much luck the next inning. After getting the first two outs, LaPointe hit two batters, walked two batters, gave up a single and his team allowed one error, resulting in a seven-run inning.

“We were playing very well up until the sixth inning and then everything fell apart,” Smith said. “The worst part of it is that it all came with two outs.”

Down 13-3, the Wolves were unable to get any runs in the bottom of the inning and the game ended as a result of the 10-run rule.

Coupeville scored their runs in game one via a 2 RBI single in the bottom of the first by Steven Doizer. Sophomore Jack Armstrong drove in the only other run on on a sacrifice fly in the fourth.

Game two was a different story for Coupeville, who came out of the dugout a more focused team.

“The first thing that we did differently was that we attacked at the plate rather than being passive,” Smith said. “We talked about being more aggressive at the plate after the first game and even though we saw a better pitcher, we were able to hit him with some authority.”

The Wolves erupted for one run in each of the first three innings and broke the game open in the fourth, when they rallied for four runs and a 7-0 lead.

The bottom half of the order is what impressed Smith the most. The duo of Kirby Mitchell and Armstrong combined to go 5-for-8 with three RBI and a double.

“It was very nice to get production from that part of our lineup,” Smith said.

Pitching was also strong for the Wolves in game two. Sophomore Korey Jensen kept the Adna bats at bay, going six strong innings with seven strikeouts.

“He did a nice job of mixing up his fastball and off-speed stuff, which really kept them off balance,” Smith said.

Now 2-3 overall in non-conference play, the Wolves begin the Northwest A season at 3:30 p.m., this Friday, April 2, at home against Friday Harbor.

“I feel pretty good heading into league play,” Smith said. “We’re healthy and I think mentally prepared to go at the league.”

Game 1

Adna 302 017—13 9 0

Coupeville 200 100— 3 3 3

Perryman and Houge. Bagby, LaPointe (5), Mitchell (6) and Duke. WP-Perryman. LP. Bagby (0-1)

Game 2

Adna 000 013 0— 4 6 6

Coupeville 111 405 x—12 11 3

Ratkie, Silva (1), Evans (6) and Hogue. Jensen, C. Mitchell (7) and Larson. WP-Jensen (1-1). LP-Evans

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