The Coupeville Wolves fastpitch team solidified their hold on first place in the Northwest A League, pounding third-place Friday Harbor 12-5 and 18-2 in a doubleheader on Tuesday.
“We had a really good day hitting the ball,” said head coach Randy Dickson. “This was a little bit more what I was expecting than when they came down here earlier in the month.”
The Wolves edged the Wolverines 3-2 at home on April 5.
Leading the way for the Wolves was senior Sarah Mouw, who picked up wins in both games to improve to 9-1 on the season. Mouw pitched 11 of the 12 innings on the day and also made a mark with the bat, going 3-for-3 with a double and a home run in the first contest.
“They have a fence up there, and Sarah hit it over,” said Dickson.
Other heavy hitters in the first game were Brook Croghan, who went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI and Lindsay Tucker, who had two hits and two RBI.
After giving it to the Wolverines in the first contest, Coupeville piled on the runs in the second. Senior Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby went 3-of-4 with three RBI while Carly Guillory was 3-of-5 with a double and 2 RBI. Leadoff hitter Erica Lamb went 4-for-5 with two RBI, a double and five stolen bases.
The Wolves had 13 hits in the first game and 20 in the second despite playing just five innings. Everbody who played on the day got at least one hit.
“They used four different pitchers and none were overpowering,” Dickson said. “We just went up to the plate aggressive and the hitting was contagious.”
Coupeville has five league games left with all of them coming against the bottom three teams in the league, LaConner, Orcas and Concrete. The Wolves swept the season series with Friday Harbor and won the season series with Archbishop Murphy two games to one.
“Holding the tiebreaker against Archbishop gives us a little breathing room,” Dickson said. “It’s almost like we have a game-and-a half lead.”
If the Wolves can win out they will pick up the Northwest A title and more importantly a top seed in the upcoming tri-district tournament.
“The league championship has been a goal,” said Dickson. “But we want the No. 1 seed at tri-districts so that we get a lower-seeded opponent and we can win the first game.”
At the tri-districts five of the eight teams advance to the state tournament in Pasco. Winning the first game will giver the Wolves a big advantage in making it to state.
“We’ve lost the first game at district’s the past two years and we don’t want to do that this year,” Dickson said.