Baseball: Cedarcrest completes sweep of Coupeville

First-place Cedarcrest finished its three-game series sweep of the Coupeville baseball team by defeating the visiting Wolves 9-5 Friday, April 23.

It was a frustrating series for coach Willie Smith and his team because of defensive breakdowns. The Red Wolves, the defending 2A state champions and currently the state’s third ranked team, don’t need help scoring runs, but Coupeville committed 14 errors in the series (13 coming in the first two games) after committing just 20 errors in the first 14 games of the season.

While the Wolves committed just one error in Friday’s game, they did misplay a few balls in the outfield into base hits that allowed Cedarcrest (15-0, 15-1) to score four runs in both the second and third innings.

Smith said, “We did a few good things; we turned a couple of double plays. I am happy with how we ended the game.”

Erik King put the Wolves on top in the first with his second home run in as many games, this time a two-run shot. By the top of the fourth, however, Coupeville trailed 9-1. Smith was pleased on how his team continued to battle and how it made adjustments at the plate.

He said, “We hit the ball the other way and started to get back into it.”

Ian Smith and J.D. Wilcox topped the offense with doubles.

The fourth-place Wolves (7-8, 9-8) finish up the regular season with their final series this week against third-place Lakewood (8-7, 7-9). The Cougars play in Coupeville Monday, April 26, and Friday, April 30; the Wolves go to Lakewood Wednesday, April 28. All games start at 4 p.m.

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