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Wolves double up Braves

It’s been a long time coming, but Coupeville’s bats came alive in a big way on Friday afternoon.

The Wolves (3-4, 5-6) struggled mightily with their offense over their last three league games, scoring a total of three runs in three consecutive losses.

“I’ve thought that we could swing the bats the whole season, but we haven’t been making the adjustments that we needed to at the plate,” head coach Willie Smith said.

That all changed Friday, as Coupeville erased its offensive slump with 14-4 and 5-1 victories over La Conner in a Northwest A doubleheader.

“We were fortunate to have two days with just the varsity team...and we were able to work on a lot of those (hitting) adjustments,” Smith said. “It was nice to see them apply it in the game.”

The Wolves’ offense didn’t waste any time getting to work.

In the second inning senior Kasey Jensen started things with a single through the left side of the infield. Jensen’s hit opened a door that followed with nine straight Coupeville batters reaching base—eight of those via a base hit. The other runner, Kirby Jensen, got aboard after he was hit by a pitch.

Coupeville used its barrage of hits to jump out to an 8-0 lead in the inning and never looked back.

Steven Doizer and Kasey Jensen accounted for four of those second-inning runs, with two RBI apiece.

Perhaps, the most impressive part of Coupeville’s offense on Friday was the production from the bottom of the lineup.

The number six through nine hitters combined for 13 of the Wolves’ 24 hits in both games.

“That’s a phenomenal contribution and it makes it a lot easier to coach,” Smith said.

The number eight hitter, Trevor Mueller was 7-for-8 at the plate for both games, with two RBI and three runs scored.

“He really stepped it up, both offensively and defensively,” Smith said. “He had been struggling at the plate, but really put it together on Friday.”

Sophomore Mike Bagby picked up the win in game one, pitching four-and-one-third innings.

Game two

After falling behind 1-0 in the fourth inning, the Wolves rallied for one run in the fifth and four in the sixth to pull away for their second win of the day.

Mueller tied the game in the fourth on a squeeze bunt that scored Kirby Mitchell from third. Kasey Jensen then hit a two-run double in the fifth, scoring the go-ahead runs for the Wolves. Doizer tacked on a RBI single later in the inning and CHS picked up its final run on an error.

The two victories were essential in putting Coupeville right back in the hunt for a potential playoff spot. Only the top two teams are guaranteed a trip to the Tri-District tournament.

“These two wins just put us back in the thick of things as pretty much every team is bogged up on the leader board,” Smith said. “We’re not really thinking playoffs right now, but are just continuing to play one game at a time and see how things fall.”

Prior to yesterday’s home doubleheader with Archbishop Murphy, the Wolves were only a game behind the Wildcats for second place.

Game 1

La Conner 002 200—4 8 2

Coupeville 080 132—14 17 1

Keel, Dubuque (2), Stanbeck (6) and Holbert. Bagby, C. Mitchell (5) and Larson. WP-Bagby. LP-Keel.

Game 2

La Conner 000 100 0—14 1

Coupeville 000 014 x—5 71

Stephens and Dubuque. LaPointe and Larson. WP--LaPointe. LP--Stephens. Records--La Conner 1-6 league, 2-9 overall. Coupeville 3-4, 5-6.

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