Baseball: Coupeville wins six straight; faces first-place Cedarcrest

After completing a sweep of island rival South Whidbey, the Coupeville High School baseball team will now challenge the conference’s first-place team, Cedarcrest, the defending state 2A champions.

An 11-6 home win over South Whidbey Friday, April 16, ran the Wolves’ winning streak to six games and upped their Cascade Conference record to 7-5 and season mark to 9-5.

Cedarcrest, currently ranked third in the state 2A poll, is 12-0 in league play and 12-1 overall. The Red Wolves only loss was a nonleague game to 3A Hazen 7-6. In that game Hazen scored all seven runs in one inning and was out-hit by the Red Wolves 11-4. Hazen is 9-3 for the year; two of the losses are to the top-ranked 3A team, Mount Rainier.

Coupeville will travel to Cedarcrest Monday, April 19, and Friday, April 23. The Red Wolves will come to Coupeville Wednesday, April 19, at 4 p.m.

In Friday’s win, Coupeville scored at least two runs in five innings.

The Wolves got two in the first. Chase Griffin led off with an infield single, was balked to second then scored on a base hit by Ian Smith. Smith stole second and scored on a single by Erik King.

In the second the Wolves added three more. Alex McClain, who was also the winning pitcher and raised his record to 3-1, singled with one out and moved to second on a wild pitch. He scored on Sean Thurman’s base hit. Thurman stole second and scored on an error off the bat of Erik Wheat. Wheat moved to second on the error and then to third on a wild pitch. He scored on a ground out by Smith.

After South Whidbey picked up a run in the third, the Wolves added two more in their half to raise the score to 7-1. King led with a walk, moved to third on a hit-and-run single by Chad Brookhouse and scored on a wild pitch. Brookhouse scored on a single by Kevin Eaton.

The Falcons made some noise with a two-run fourth, but the momentum quickly shifted back to Coupeville when Smith slugged a two-run home run.

The Wolves finished the scoring in the sixth when Eaton singled in Smith and J.D. Wilcox, both who reached on base hits.

Smith finished 3-for-4 at the plate with the home run and four RBI. Eaton went 2-for-4 with three RBI.

The Wolves have been stacking up runs and hits during their win streak, and coach Willie Smith is also pleased with his pitching and defense: “For the most part we have been solid defensively all year. Our pitchers aren’t afraid to let the other team put the ball in play.”

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