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Baseball: Wolves score 4 in the seventh, 3 in the eighth for comeback win
After blowing a lead, the Coupeville baseball team used an improbable comeback to defeat South Whidbey 11-8 in eight innings Wednesday, April 14.
The Wolves (6-5, 8-5) jumped to a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth inning then gave up seven unanswered runs.
Coupeville’s second error of the game opened the door in the bottom of the fourth and South Whidbey sent three runs through it to tie the game. The Falcons (3-8, 5-8) took advantage of other defensive lapses to score four runs over the next two innings to go on top 8-4 heading into the “final” inning.
In the top of the seventh, Chase Griffin walked and Ian Smith and J.D. Wilcox singled to load the bases. They scored on a wild pitch, single by Chad Brookhouse and another walk.
Alex McClain completed the come back with a run-scoring single to tie the score; then the Wolves and relief pitcher Brookhouse held the Falcons in check in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to the eighth.
Griffin again started the rally, this time with single. He was bunted to second by Smith, then Wilcox walked.
Erik King drove in the go-ahead run, Brookhouse singled in another and Kevin Eaton finished the scoring with a sacrifice fly.
The Falcons didn’t fold and put a scare into Coupeville by putting two on with one out in their half of the eighth. That brought up South Whidbey’s clean up hitter who had already produced three RBI.
The Wolves’ defense, which had been shaky all day, came through as Brookhouse served up a double-play grounder to end the game.
Coupeville coach Willie Smith said, “It was another successful, although a bit more stressful, day,” as the Wolves won their fifth straight game.
Smith added, “It was, obviously, not only exciting but also a great testament to the boys’ determination and confidence to not only come back with four runs to tie it, but also to get three more the next inning to beat them on their field.”
Throughout the win streak the Wolves have put up big offensive numbers. Wednesday they continued the offensive onslaught with 16 hits. Wilcox (4-for-4, three runs), Brookhouse (4-for-5, four RBI, double) and King (2-for-4, two RBI) led the way.
Brookhouse earned the pitching win.
The two teams finish up their three-game series at Coupeville Friday, April 16, at 4 p.m.