Ulrik Wells slides safely into third base.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Ulrik Wells slides safely into third base. (Photo by John Fisken)

Wolves sting Sultan, nearing playoff slot / Baseball

After winning its fourth-straight league game and completing a three-game sweep of Sultan Friday, April 19, the Coupeville High School baseball team needs to win one of its final three North Sound Conference contests to clinch a postseason berth.

The Wolves whipped visiting Sultan 14-4 Friday, raising their league record to 4-8 (4-12). They now face Granite Falls three times in the final regular-season series. The Tigers (2-10, 4-13) will need to sweep the series to leap past Coupeville for fourth place and the last playoff spot.

The teams play in Coupeville Monday, April 22, and Friday, April 26, and in Granite Falls on Wednesday, April 24. All games begin at 4 p.m.

Coupeville 14, Sultan 4

The Wolves put the game away with a seven-run third inning, getting plenty of help from the Turks.

Coupeville blended six walks and two errors with only one hit (by Matt Hilborn) to hang the seven-spot on Sultan.

Dane Lucero finished the game with two singles, and Hilborn, Hawthorne Wolfe, Jake Pease, Gavin Knoblich and Ulrik Wells added base hits.

Hilborn also picked up the pitching win, working five and two-thirds innings and fanning 11.

Matt Hilborn registered 11 strikeouts while picking up the pitching win Friday. (Photo by John Fisken)

Matt Hilborn registered 11 strikeouts while picking up the pitching win Friday. (Photo by John Fisken)

Third baseman Dane Lucero scoops up a ground ball.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Third baseman Dane Lucero scoops up a ground ball. (Photo by John Fisken)

Shortstop Jake Pease tosses to first base.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Shortstop Jake Pease tosses to first base. (Photo by John Fisken)

Sage Sharpe looks in a fly ball.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Sage Sharpe looks in a fly ball. (Photo by John Fisken)

Hawthorne Wolfe drops down a bunt.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Hawthorne Wolfe drops down a bunt. (Photo by John Fisken)

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