Coupeville finishes summer season / 18U baseball

The Coupeville High School 18U baseball team competed in its second and final summer tournament last weekend, dropping all four games at the 4th of July Bash in Enumclaw.

Coupeville fell 8-0 to the Puyallup Knights Friday, July 6, and then lost to the Thurston County Saints 8-2 Saturday.

The Wolves were edged by one run in walk-off losses in both Sunday games, losing to the Enumclaw Avengers 7-6 and Chehalis 5-4.

“Good tournament for us this weekend,” coach Chris Smith said. “No wins but good work for our younger guys that are coming up.”

Puyallup 8, Coupeville 0 (5 innings)

The Knights jumped to a 5-0 lead in the first inning with the help of a grand slam.

Coupeville, meanwhile, couldn’t generate any offense. Matt Hilborn led off the game with a single, and that was it for the Wolves.

Coupeville did receive seven walks but left each runner stranded.

Thurston County 8, Coupeville 2

The Saints used a six-run fourth inning to break a scoreless tie and take control.

The Wolves snapped a string of 10 scoreless innings in the tournament by tallying twice in the sixth inning.

Joey Lippo and Hunter Smith singled and scored on Dane Lucero’s double.

Smith singled in the first inning for Coupeville’s only other hit.

Hilborn took the loss in spite of striking out seven and giving up only two hits in 3.2 innings.

Enumclaw 7, Coupeville 6

The Wolves scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to take a 6-5 lead, but the Avengers rallied for two runs off three bases on balls and a walk-off single for the win.

Coupeville scored twice in the top of the first inning. Hilborn singled, then Jake Hoagland doubled him home. Lucero followed with an RBI single.

Enumclaw countered with three runs in the bottom of the first and two more in the second to take a 5-2 lead.

The Wolves started their comeback with a run in the sixth. Lippo walked, moved to second when Hoagland was hit by a pitch, then scored on Gavin Knoblich’s base hit.

Coupeville momentarily took the lead with three runs in the seventh.

With one out, Gavin Straub and Lippo were hit by a pitches sandwiched around a single by Hilborn. Hoagland drove in two with a single, then Lippo scored on Nick Etzell’s ground out.

Hilborn, Hoagland and Lucero all finished with two hits; Hoagland added three RBI.

Chehalis 5, Coupeville 4

Down 4-1, Coupeville scored once in the fourth and twice in the sixth to tie the game. Chehalis picked up the winning run in the bottom of the seventh on a walk, two wild pitches and an error.

Coupeville scored first when Hilborn walked and was plated by Lucero’s base hit in the top of the opening inning.

Chehalis responded with two runs in the first and another pair in the third.

In the fourth, the Wolves got one back when Daniel Olson walked and eventually scored on an error.

Mason Grove reached on a two-base error to start Coupeville’s two-run sixth. Hilborn tripled in Grove and then scored on a ground out.

Lucero finished with two hits and two RBI, Hilborn tripled, and Etzell and Grove chipped in with singles.

None of Chehalis’ runs were earned as the Wolves were stung by four errors.

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