Ugly weather, ugly game for Wolves / Baseball

The Coupeville High School baseball team played a sloppy game in sloppy weather in its season opener, falling 9-2 at Lynden Christian Saturday, March 11.

The Wolves gave up only four hits but committed four errors and walked 10 batters in a game stopped in the fifth inning because of rain.

Coupeville goes to Chimacum at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, for its Olympic League opener.

Saturday’s game was knotted at 2 heading into the bottom of the third inning, then the Lyncs mixed two hits with three errors and four walks to score four runs. They tacked on three more runs in the fourth on a hit batter, two walks and a single, all with two outs.

It wasn’t all bad for Coupeville’s four pitchers — Julian Welling, Jonathan Thurston, Nick Etzell and Hunter Smith. They combined to strike out eight.

The Wolves hit the ball well, according to coach Marc Aparicio, striking out only twice in the game. Coupeville, however, couldn’t get a timely hit, stranding eight runners, six in scoring position. The Lyncs, on the other hand, left only two on base.

After Lynden Christian scored single runs in the first and second innings, Coupeville scored twice in the third to even the game.

Taylor Consford led off with a walk and Smith reached on an error. After an out, Clay Reilly and Thurston registered back-to-back singles to plate the two runs.

Consford tripled in the third for the Wolves’ only other hit.

“(We) found some areas we need to work on,” Aparicio said after the game.