Scout Smith rips a hit for the Wolves last spring. (Photo by John Fisken)

Scout Smith rips a hit for the Wolves last spring. (Photo by John Fisken)

Spring prep preview / Coupeville softball

Coach: Kevin McGranahan.

2019 record: 15-10; 9-3 tied for first in North Sound Conference; second in district, ninth in state (recorded first state tournament win in 17 years).

Senior letter winners: Mackenzie Davis, Emma Mathusek (first-team, all-league outfielder), Scout Smith (first-team infielder), Chloe Wheeler; juniors Mollie Bailey, Coral Caveness, Chelsea Prescott (second-team infielder); sophomores Audrianna Shaw, Izzy Wells (second-team pitcher).

Key newcomers: freshmen Maddie George, Gwen Gustafson, Isabella Whalen.

Strengths: Team speed, softball IQ.

Coach’s comment: “My expectations are that we will be competitive all year and compete for the league title again and earn our way to state.

“We have 32 girls out this season and the program is thriving. Our JV team will be very competitive as well this season.”

First game: at Mount Baker, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18.

First home game: Lynden Christian, 4 p.m. Friday, March 20.

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Oak Harbor girls softball team members are allowed to workout together under current COVID-19 restrictions, but are not yet allowed to return to formal practices and competition. School sports may resume this month if Island County and others in the North region can move into Phase 2. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
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